The present church, dedicated to St. Peter, dates from the 13th Century, but was much altered in the 1870's.  Many Sussex churches have unique features.  At Henfield there is a collection of 104 impressive, beautifully clipped, yew trees which have been planted to form a "Z" pattern throughout the churchyard.

Without a doubt, Henfield is the most important of all the locations of the Woolgar Family.  The family tree stretches back 450 years to around 1550 and so spans the two Elizabethan Reigns.

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Headstone of Philip LELLIOTT & Mary Ann WOOLGAR

Photograph © Malcolm Lelliott 2001

Mary Ann WOOLGAR was baptised at Henfield on 21 September 1828, the daughter of Stephen WOOLGAR and Sarah HARDS and one of their eleven children.  Mary Ann married Philip LELLIOTT (son of Philip LELLIOTT, a Bargeman) on 18 August 1849, also at Henfield and the ceremony was witnessed by Stephen WOOLGAR and Susanna LELLIOTT. 
Philip and Mary Ann LELLIOTT are buried at Southwater at the Church of the Holy Innocents. The stone is inscribed:

"In loving memory of Philip Lelliott who departed this life February 2nd 1901 aged 73 years" and
"In loving memory of Mary the beloved wife of Philip Lelliott who departed this life January 19th, 1901 aged 72 years."

Underneath these inscriptions is the following verse:
"Two lights are from our household gone
Two voices we loved are stilled
Two places are vacant in our home
Which never can be filled"

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Headstone of Mary Woolgar

Photograph © Malcolm Lelliott 2001

This is the only known Woolgar memorial in the Henfield Parish Council Cemetery which is located just a short walk from Henfield Church.  The inscription reads "Mary Woolgar who died October 25th 1911 Aged 35 years".

This Mary WOOLGAR was baptised on 30th July, 1876 at West Grinstead and she was one of the nine known children of John WOOLGAR and Jane HILLMAN.  She left a Will bequeathing her estate to her two married sisters, Ellen GEORGE and Jane, the wife of Samuel BURT.

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Headstone of Stephen WOOLGAR & Sarah HARDS


Stephen WOOLGAR was the son of Stephen WOOLGAR and Mary MITCHELL and he was baptised at Henfield on 01 Oct 1797.  He married Sarah HARDS at Henfield on 18 Mar 1820 and the couple had eleven children, but four of these died during their minority.

Stephen and Sarah are buried together in Henfield churchyard and the inscription on the headstone reads as follows:
"In affectionate remembrance of Stephen Woolgar who died July 31st 1862 in his 66th year  Also Sarah his wife who died September 16th 1875 in her 70th year.  This stone was erected by their daughter Harriett as a token of her affection".


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Last updated 07 January 2006
© Marion Woolgar