Lodsworth (St. Peter)

LODSWORTH (St. Peter), a liberty and parish, in the union and parliamentary borough of Midhurst, hundred of Easebourne, rape of Chichester, W. division of Sussex, 3½ miles (W. by N.) from Petworth; containing 634 inhabitants. The Rother, or Arundel, navigation is crossed by a bridge here; and the parish is intersected by the road from Petworth to Midhurst. The liberty is co-extensive with the parish, and has certain exemptions granted by the 3rd of Richard I. to the Bishop of London, to whom the manor formerly belonged. The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £75; patrons, the family of Perceval, who, with the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's, are the impropriators. The tithes have been commuted for £200. The church was enlarged in 1839, by the erection of a north transept, at the expense of H. Hollist, Esq., lessee of the Dean and Chapter's tithes.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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