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Woolavington came into being in Saxon times. A tribe of Saxons called the Läfingas settled and had their main farmstead or tün here. The Läfa's mainly used the settlement to raise their sheep, giving us the origin of the name wull Läfingas tün, meaning the wool farm of the Läfingas. The placename whilst shortened to Levitone in the Domesday book was more fully noted as Wullavyton in 1243 and Wollavyngton around a century later. St Peters church which was declared as redundant in 1972, is now used as Seaford College chapel but is open for a few public services. Buried at the churchyard is Bishop Wilberforce and his sister who married Edward Henry Manning, a rector of the parish who eventually became Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster.

Baptisms 1813 to 1911  All 433 baptisms up to the end of 1911.

Banns of Marriages 1763 to 1910

Marriages 1571 to 1812  Marriages from the Bishop`s Transcripts between 1571 and 1667 combined with all the marriages from the first two register books, from 1756 to 1812 the names of witnesses are also included.

Marriages 1813 to 1911  All one hundred and sixty-three marriages, including names of witnesses, and from 1837, the names of the fathers of both groom and bride.

Burials 1571 to 1812  Burials from the Bishop`s Transcripts between 1571 and 1667 combined with all the burials from the first and third register books.

Burials 1813 to 1895   All 243 burials listed. (There were no further burials here until 1914).

Churchyard Plans and Monumental Inscriptions - available as pdf download files Surname-indexed and fully searchable, only £1.00 per file

St. Peter, Woolavington

The parish church of St. Peter in the hamlet East Lavington (formerly Woolavington) was declared redundant in 1972 but remains in use as the chapel of Seaford College with a few services open to the public. Our Monumental Inscriptions lists all memorials within the churchyard, together with a colour churchyard plan, correct to April 2011.

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