Place:Compton, Sussex, England

Coordinates50.928°N 0.899°W
Located inSussex, England
Also located inWest Sussex, England     (1865 - )
See alsoChichester Rape, Sussex, Englandrape in which it was located
Westbourne and Singleton Hundred, Sussex, Englandhundred in which it was located
Westbourne Rural, Sussex, Englandrural district 1894-1933
Chichester Rural, Sussex, Englandrural district 1933-1974
Chichester District, West Sussex, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Compton is a village and civil parish in the Chichester District of West Sussex. The village lies on the B2146 road, six miles (9.7 km) southeast of Petersfield, Hampshire and eight miles (13 km) northwest of Chichester. In 1933, under a County Review Order, the parish of Up Marden was united with Compton along with parts of the parishes of East Marden and Stoughton.

The village has a long history, perhaps first being mentioned in the will of King Alfred the Great (died 899). It is in the Sussex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The area of the present parish is 17.51 km2 (6.76 sq mi) and it had a population of 463 in the UK census of 2011.

The following description from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72 is provided by the website A Vision of Britain Through Time (University of Portsmouth Department of Geography).

"COMPTON, a parish in Westbourne [registration] district, Sussex; near the boundary with Hants, 3 miles W of Rowlands-Castle [railway] station, and 8 ½ NW of Chichester. It has a post office under Petersfield. Acres: 1,661. Real property: £1,263. Population: 266. Houses: 53. The manor is the Cumtune of Alfred's will. The living is a vicarage, united with Up Marden, in the diocese of Chichester. Value: £507. Patron: the Rev. G. A. Langdale. The church is transition Norman; was restored in 1849; and has a very ancient screen. Charities, £12."

Research Tips

  • The West Sussex Record Office is located in Chichester. Because it holds the records of the Church of England Diocese of Chichester, which covers the whole of Sussex, it has church records relating to both parts of Sussex.
  • An on-line catalogue for some of the collections held by the West Sussex Record Office is available under the Access to Archives (A2A) project (a nationwide facility housed at The National Archives, Kew).
  • West Sussex Past - database of 2 million records from West Sussex heritage organizations.
  • The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies' Sussex Collection (PDF). This is a 9-page PDF naming the files relating to Sussex in their collection-a possible first step in a course of research.
  • The National Library of Scotland has a website which provides maps taken from the Ordnance Survey England & Wales One-Inch to the Mile series of 1892-1908 as well as equivalent maps for Scotland itself. The immediate presentation is a "help" screen and a place selection screen prompting the entry of a location down to town, village or parish level. These screens can be removed by a click of the "X". The map is very clear and shows parish and county boundaries and many large buildings and estates that existed at the turn of the 20th century. Magnification can be adjusted and an "overlay feature" allows inspection of the area today along with that of 1900. The specific map from the series can be viewed as a whole ("View this map") and this allows the inspection of the map legend (found in the left hand bottom corner. Becoming familiar with the various facilities of these maps is well worth the trouble.
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