Place:Terwick, Sussex, England

Coordinates51.005°N 0.836°W
Located inSussex, England     ( - 1959)
Also located inWest Sussex, England     (1865 - )
See alsoChichester Rape, Sussex, Englandrape in which it was located
Dumpford Hundred, Sussex, Englandhundred in which it was located
Midhurst Rural, Sussex, Englandrural district 1894-1959
Rogate, Sussex, Englandparish which absorbed the larger part in 1959
Trotton, Sussex, Englandparish which absorbed the smaller part in 1959
Chichester District, West Sussex, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

Terwick was a civil parish in the northwest of the county of Sussex until 1959 when its area was split with 709 acres going to the parish of Rogate to the west and 74 acres to the parish of Trotton on the north and east. The latest population figure was for 1931 when there were 203 people in the parish.

Wikipedia does not have an article on Terwick, nor does it mention it in its article on Rogate. Fortunately it is covered in British History Online. A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 4, the Rape of Chichester] which gives a description of the church (dedicated to St. Peter) and the ownership of the manor over time.

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).

"TERWICK, a parish in Midhurst [registration] district, Sussex; 1½ mile N of Elsted [railway] station, and 4¼ W by N of Midhurst. Post town: Petersfield. Acres: 718. Real property: £948. Population: 106. Houses: 22. The manor, from the earliest Norman time, has been held with Rogate. Dangstein house is the seat of R. H. Nevill, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Chichester. Value: £150. Patron: the Rev. W. S. Richards. The church was restored in 1847."

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.