East Lavant

Church of St. Mary
East Lavant
East Lavant
Location within West Sussex
OS grid referenceSU862084
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townChichester
Postcode districtPO18
FireWest Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
West Sussex
50°52′08″N 0°46′34″W / 50.86885°N 0.77598°W / 50.86885; -0.77598Coordinates: 50°52′08″N 0°46′34″W / 50.86885°N 0.77598°W / 50.86885; -0.77598

East Lavant is one part, which along with Mid Lavant make up the village of Lavant in the Chichester district of West Sussex, England. It lies just east of the A286 road 2.2 miles (3.5 km) north of Chichester. It is in the civil parish of Lavant. East Lavant has a collection of historic cottages and a public house.[1] The manor appears in Domesday as Loventone.[2]


East Lavant (Loventone) was listed in the Domesday Book (1086) in the ancient hundred of Singleton as having 26 households: 15 villagers and 11 smallholders; with ploughing land, meadows and a mill, it had a value to the lord of the manor, Ralph, Archbishop of Canterbury, of £18.[3]

In 1861, the population of the parish (with West Lavant) was 421, and the area was 2,884 acres (1,167 ha). The principal landowner was The Duke of Richmond; the third duke had acquired it in 1775.[4]

St Mary's Church

St Mary's Church was founded in the 12th century. The North aisle was added in the 13th century - one of the columns separating the nave from the north aisle remains, the others are 19th-century. The lancet window is also original. The 15th century appears to have brought the five stalls with their misericords.

The south tower was constructed in 1671 and the south west window nave window was inserted at the same date. Most of the north aisle, the arcade between the nave and the north aisle, much of the nave and chancel seems to have been rebuilt in 1863.

In 1628, an ecclesiastical case is preserved that relates to a game of cricket being played at East Lavant on a Sunday. Two defendants, Edward Taylor and William Greentree, were charged with playing cricket at the time of evening service.[5]

The Royal Oak

This restaurant is called "The Royal Oak". It is was believed to be haunted by a lady in white who appears in a front upper floor bedroom. However, her son confirmed that it was an idea by the landlords daughter Marjorie Pafford to attract more custom. In the 1940s it drew national attention due to the famous "Drinking Pig". A local farmer used to give one of his pigs, the runt of the litter, a drink of beer to build it up. A national paper heard the story and sent a reporter. Unfortunately the beer had worked and the pig had been slaughtered. The resourceful farmer merely found another pig and this appeared in the newspaper article. Thus a fine picture of the pig and the farmer appeared in the paper, with the landlord, James Pafford and his family standing proudly behind the bar.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Chichester Web - The Chichester Guide Archived 2007-02-22 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ A Vision of Britain through Time: Lavant Sussex.
  3. ^ "Open Domesday: East Lavant". Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  4. ^ "GENUKI: East Lavant". Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  5. ^ McCann T (2004) Sussex Cricket in the Eighteenth Century, pp.xxxiv–xxxvii. Sussex Record Society.

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