Portrait of James Puttick

Name: James Puttick

Burial Number: 1583

Gender: Male

Occupation: Curate; Vicar; Rector

Born: 00/2/1845

Died: 18/05/1934

Buried: 19/05/1934


James Puttick was born in Tillington, near Petworth, Sussex, in 1845. He was the only child of parents, James and Fanny Puttick of Rotherbridge Farm, Tillington. James trained as a Church of England clergyman at Chichester Theological College, being ordained in 1870 and appointed Curate of Tillington. He was moved to Bexhill in 1876 and then to Ore, Hastings.

In 1878, on 14th May, he married Alice Maude Wallis, 20yrs, at Battle, Sussex. They had no children.

In 1889, James was appointed parish priest at Kingston by Sea, Steyning, Sussex, also known as Kingston Buci, where he remained for the next 21yrs, living at the Rectory, until his retirement in 1910.

James and Maude moved to Worthing, living at Cissbury Lodge, Broadwater, then to a property named Gable End, Mill Road. Until advancing age made it necessary for him give up work altogether, he helped in the services at Heene, Holy Trinity and Broadwater churches, and was a well-known figure in the town.

James was widowed in 1921 when Alice Maude died, aged 62yrs; he remained at Gable End until his death, on 10th May 1934. Probate was granted to Frederick Charles Sheppard, solicitor, Leslie Walter Lear, insurance official, and Humphrey Charles Bradshaw Bowles, solicitor. Effects £27538 19s 1d. Value 2021 – £2m.

Researcher: Maggi Martin

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for James Puttick

Location in Cemetery

Area: SWS Row: 9 Plot: 18

Exact Location (what3words): miles.shift.cult

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In memory of Alice Maud Puttick who died 7th Feb 1921 aged 62. Also of her husband Rev. James Puttick 21 years Rector of Kingston-By-The-Sea Sussex who died 18th May 1934 aged 89 "At rest"

Further Information


Name: James Puttick

Gender: Male

Born: 00/2/1845

Town: Tillington

County: Sussex

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: //1878

Spouse First Name: Alice

Spouse Second Name: Maud

Spouse Last Name: Wallis

Town of Marriage: Battle

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 18/05/1934

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Gable End

Address line 3: Mill Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Worthing Herald Saturday 14th May 1934.  Formerly Rector of Kingston Buci, chairman of the Steyning West Rural District Council and a vice-chairman of the Steyning Guardians, the Rev. James Puttick died at Worthing on Wednesday at the age of 90. He retired from Kingston Buci in 1910 and had been living at Gable End, Mill-road. Worthing, for some years. Until advancing age made necessary for him give up work altogether, he had helped in the services at Heene, Holy Trinity and Broadwater churches, and was a well-known figure in the town. Mr Puttick was born at Tillington, where he was subsequently appointed to his first curacy in 1869. In 1872 he was sent to Storrington for year in a familiar capacity and then returned to Tillington until 1876. After working for six years at Christ Church, Ore, Hastings, and at Bexhill, he was appointed Vicar of Alfrlston and became Rector of Kingston Buci in 1889. He was a member of the Steyning Board of Guardians for sixteen years, and in 1906 was made chaplain of the Steyning Workhouse and Southlands Hospital, Shoreham. In the last nine years of hls membership of t h e Steyning West Rural District Council he was the chairman. He resigned from both bodies in 1903 and from the chaplaincies in 1910 when he retired from Kingston Bucl. He had also been the local secretary of the Church Missionary Society, steward of the Widows’ and Orphans’ Fund, and collector for the Church Defence Society. One of his chief interests was an educational scheme, of which he was secretary and treasurer.

A prominent Freemason, he was founder and first Worthy Master of the St. Mary of the Harbour Lodge, Shoreham, and also belonged to the Adur and Duke of Richmond Lodges.

Mrs. Puttick died in 1921. There are no children. The funeral will be at Heene Church today at 2pm. Mr. Puttick will be buried with Masonic honours.

The Worthing Herald May 26 1934 – Sprigs of Acacia on coffin – Masons pay tribute to The Rev. James Puttick – Former Kingston Buci Rector.
Shoreham Masons placed sprigs of acacia on the coffin of the Rev. James Puttick, formerly Rector of Kingston Buci, chairman of the Steyning Guardians, when he was buried at Heene, Worthing, on Saturday.
Mr Puttick had been living in retirement at Gable End, Mill Road, Worthing. His death at the age of 90 years, was reported last week. The funeral service, which was at St Botolph’s Church, Heene, was conducted by the Rev. W.W. March (Rector of Southwick). Two hymns were sung, “Abide with me” and “Christ will gather in His own”. Mr Arthur Boyes, who was at the organ, played Mendelssohn’s and Chopin’s Funeral Marches and Canzona by Judasshon, before the service, and “O rest in the Lord” as the cortege was leaving the church. The principal mourners were: Mr J. Puttick (cousin) and Miss Courtnage (housekeeper), Mr R. Puttick, Mr Parker-Gray, Mrs Freeth and Mr. L.W. Lear (cousins), Mr and Mrs F.C. Shepherd, Mrs Robins, Mrs Richardson, Mrs Frankcom, Dr. T.C. Stevenson, and Mr. H.C. B. Bowles.
Three Lodges Represented – Masons present were:- Colonel H. Colgate (Grand Lodge), Worshipful Bro. F.E, Batten (Worshipful Master, St Mary of the Harbour Lodge, Shoreham), Worshipful Bros. Walter Hamlin and A.W. Nye, and Bro. A.E. Smith (St Mary of the Harbour Lodge) and Worshipful Bro. A.W.Lee (Duke of Richmond Lodge).
Among others present were: Miss Hindsk Mr J.E. Saunders, Mrs Ernest I. Frost (Pulborough) Mrs M. L. Court, Mrs M.S. Simpson, the Misses M. and F. Wood (Steyning), Miss K. French, Mrs and Miss Fisher, Mr Frank Cory, Mr and Mrs Perry (Hove), the Misses Silversides, Miss Lucas, Mrs J.B. Sams, Mrs Harvie, Mr James Smith, Mr Albert Wadey (verger of Kingston Buci Church), Miss Edith Skinner (former maid), and Mr H. Holland (gardener).
Dr Hilton officiated at the burial in Heene Cemetery, after which the Masons filed past the grave, dropping sprigs of acacia on to the coffin.
Flowers were received from the following:- Dr and Mrs. Milbank Smith; Dr and Mrs Stevenson; “His Florrie”; the Misses Lucas; Irene; Margaret, Leslie and Pamela; Mrs Atherfold and Mrs Mills; the Misses Parker-Gray; Mrs Frankcom and Edna; Edie; Elsie and Charlie; John and Margeret.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £27538 19 s 1 d

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Living at Rother Bridge Farm, Tillington, Sussex. James Puttick, 33yrs, Farmer of 250 acres, wife, Fanny, 30yrs, son, James, 6yrs, father, William Puttick, 70yrs, Independent, plus 4 domestic servants.


Living at Rother Bridge Farm, Tillington, Sussex. James Puttick, 43yrs, Farmer of 300 acres, wife, Fanny, 40yrs, son, James, 16yrs, visitor, Charles R. King, 13yrs, plus 3 domestic servants.


Living at Rother Bridge Farm, Tillington, Sussex. James Puttick, 53yrs, Farmer of 300 acres, son, James, 26yrs, Curate of Tillington, plus 3 domestic servants.


Living at Carlton Cottage, Ore, Hastings, Sussex. James Puttick, 36yrs, Curate of Ore, wife, Alice Maude, 22yrs, plus 2 domestic servants.


Living at The Rectory, Kingston by Sea, Steyning, Sussex. James Puttick, 46yrs, Clerk in Holy Orders, wife, Alice Maude, 32yrs, visitor, Caroline E. Millyard, Teacher, plus 2 domestic servants.


Living at The Rectory, Kingston by Sea, Steyning, Sussex. James Puttick, 56yrs, Clergyman, Church of England, wife, Alice Maude, 42yrs, sister-in-law, Blanche N. Wallis, 47yrs, plus 2 domestic servants.


Living at Cissbury Lodge, Cissbury Road, Broadwater, Worthing. James Puttick, 66yrs, Retired Clergyman, wife, Alice Maude, 52yrs, plus 2 domestic servants.


Living at Gable End, Mill Road, Worthing, Sussex.

James Puttick
Male 1846 75 Tillington, Sussex, England Retired Cleryman
Rachel Creasy
Female 1858 63 Sussex, England Cook
Bertha Daisy Mills
Female 1893 28 Middlesex, England Mothers Help

Miscellaneous Information

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