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Collected by members of the Society

Original Secretary:   Colin Chatfield, 1 Rue de Chez Jeammet, 16380,  Chazelles, France


Book Part 1


 Book Part 2



This short collection of data has been put together because so much genealogical data is lost to individuals because it is not published. One can hardly say that this collection is being published but it is being made available to those interested in the family name of CHATFIELD.

The society was formed in 1986 with the intention of collecting every piece of information on the family possible. Naturally this cannot be achieved but a good start was made by compiling a list of those born in England and Wales and recorded in the Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths. This has now been completed for the 19th century and more slowly work has begun on the 20th century which it is hoped will be up to date by the end of the century. Membership of the society includes people not only in England but also in Australia and New Zealand, America and Canada. Various people emigrated to Australia and New Zealand and Canada but one group of three young men who left Pagham in Sussex emigrated to America in the 17th century and two of them married and had children. The majority of Chatfield's in America can trace their descent from these two.

The society has a bi-annual newsletter and has had one reunion to date which was held in Brighton, Sussex in 1990. Other independent Chatfield reunions have been reported from America.

The purpose of any research is to collect information but the handling of it can be very difficult. This applies to the society as much data comes from wills which the society do not have and have to rely on the interpretation of others. Later information has shown that in some cases the conclusions are suspect. Particularly as to the early family tree of descendants of Thomas Chatfield of Ditchling, Sussex who was born in the mid 1450's. Until further checking is made we rely on two authors who do not agree and in one case information which came to the society in 1990 tends to put in doubt the corrections made by the later genealogist, Comber, of the earlier man.

Regardless of these limitations of any one name study the data which has been collected must be seen to be of immense value to those seeking to trace their own lines. The Society has data on approximately 7-8000 individuals spread over five continents and members are welcome to make enquiries through the computer database which has been set up.

The society is very proud that the 2nd Lord Chatfield of Ditchling was their president and despite living in Vancouver, Canada he attended the 1990 reunion in Sussex and regularly corresponded with the society. He offered several corrections to this manuscript for which the author is most grateful.


This is a fanciful explanation not to be taken literally sent in by a member. "The name Chatfield, to those who bear it or are descended from the line, is their family name and one to be proud of. Most believed it to be an unusual name with perhaps connections to 'conversing with nature', the original green folk. However, this flight of fancy does take us back to the countryside at least to discover that the name possibly comes from the village of Catsfield in Sussex." A fuller explanation is detailed within this book.

Who was the first member of the family with the name CHATFIELD? Well that will never be known. But the first recorded names go back to 1287 and belong to Reginald and Robert de Chatfield. Theobald de Chattefeld was also recorded in the 13th century and may have been even earlier. Subsequently Walter Cattesfelde and Stephen Chatefield were recorded in 1378. The genealogical ancestor with the most ancient pedigree belongs to Thomas Chatfield of Ditchling who was born about 1450. To date there are records of well over 2500 of his descendants spreading over 19 generations. His descendants are known to be in Australia, Britain, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa and the U.S.A.

Thomas's descendants spread initially from Ditchling to Chichester and thence to Pagham and later to America; westwards along the coast to Lancing and Sompting; to Cuckfield and thence to Croydon in Surrey; to Greatham and thence to Australia and New Zealand; to Hastings and thence to London. Documentation on other branches is still being gathered but large numbers of the Chatfields' now live in the Brighton area of Sussex only a few miles from Ditchling with only one Chatfield family actually living in Ditchling who moved there in the mid 1980's from Southwick on the coast near Brighton. In 1639 three brothers, Francis, Thomas and George Chatfield emigrated from Pagham to New England and from them are descended the vast majority of people of the family name in the States.

For a continuous period nearly a hundred years during the 18th and 19th centuries, except for a period of a few months, four generations of Chatfield's were incumbents in the Parish Church at Balcombe in Sussex. Many members of the family went into the church with others particularly during the 19th century going into the army serving often in India with others going to South Africa. During the Second World War Leonard Desmond Chatfield rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. However the highest ranking Chatfields must be the admiral father and son Alfred John and Alfred Ernle Montacute Chatfield. The latter was created a baron in 1937 and he took the title Lord Chatfield of Ditchling as he was descended from Thomas of that town. His son Ernle David Lewis, Lord Chatfield the second baron was the president of this society until his death.

There have been two Chatfield reunions during recent years in England with one being held in the north Midlands for those Chatfields' who seem to have come about the name with no known connection to the Chatfields' of Sussex. The other was held in 1990 in Brighton at which Lord and Lady Chatfield attended from their home in Vancouver, Canada.

The Chatfield Family History Society was formed in 1986 with the aim of collecting every piece of information possible relating the the family name of CHATFIELD.

There are 2,142 results for "Chatfield" in the 1911 Census For England & Wales.


Quote from the diary of Mr. John Burgess, tailor, sexton and Particular Baptist, of Ditchling, which are given in the Sussex Archaeological Collections.

"June 29th 1786. Went to Lewes with some wool to Mr. Chatfield, fine wool at £8.5.0d (£8.25 decimal money) per pack. Went to dinner with Mr. Chatfield. Had boiled Beef, Leg of Lamb and plum Pudden. Stopped there all the afternoon. Mr. Pullin was there; Mr. Trimby and the Curyer, etc., was there. We had a good deal of religious conversation, particularly Mr. Trimby."

D. BOOKS - "PEOPLE OF HIDDEN SUSSEX" by Warden Swiffen & David Arscott


An ancient manor belonging to Boxgrove Priory at least since the time of Edward III, Drayton passed to the Chatfield Family after the Dissolution in 1536. George Chatfield was Mayor of Chichester in 1586 (and again for a few months in 1599 when he died in office) at a time when the office was far more active and far less of a figurehead than it is today. Later the manor came to the Elson family.


Robert Chatfield came of a long-established Ditchling family, but he lived much of his life at nearby Streat. His main claim to fame is that he founded the Old Meeting House at Ditchling, for in his 1735 will he refers to 'a house built belonging to me for the Baptist to Meeting' (? meet in) 'and land to bury their Dead in at Ditchling Town ....' He died in January 1736, and was the third person to be buried in the land he gave.


The arms of the ChatGeld family were granted in the year 1564. They were recorded in the Herald's College, at London, England, and are thus described:

Argent, a griffin sable, on a chief purple, 3 Escallop shells argent.
CREST. An heraldic antelope's head erased argent, ducally gorged or.
MOTTO. "Fidus ad extremum," — Faithful to the end.

There are two coats of arms used by Chatfields. The one only to be used by Lord Chatfield of Ditchling being the same as the original version but having changed the centre scallop for an anchor to show the 1st Barons' connection with the sea. He also had the crest slightly altered: they now have the heraldic antelope gorged with a Naval crown in gold. And their motto is "Pro aris et focis", "For altars and hearths".

A copy of the arms are engraved on the tomb of Robert Wilson Chatfield and his wife Quinta in Oak Cliff Cemetery, Derby, New Haven Co., Connecticut, USA and can be seen on the internet site by clicking here However he does not come from the correct line and is probably not entitled to display the arms.

The other being the original going back centuries.

Crests of the Chatfields and of Lord Chatfield

Crest - An Antelope's Head erased argent (silver): Horned and Ducally Gorged gules (red) {Others state it should be or (gold)}.

Arms - A Griffin (or Gryphon) segreant (rampant) sinistra (on the left hand) argent: on a chief purpure (purple): Three Escallop Shells of the field.

Motto - "Che Sara Sara" (What will be, will be).

The Escallop Shells were the Pilgrims sign in their expeditions to Holy Places (Holy Wars) and became such distinguished insignia that Pope Alexander IV, allowed it to none but those who were truly Noble and were afterwards put into the Collar of the Order of St. Michael and introduced into Armoury. It is also said that Escallop shells were the symbol of St. James and were adopted by people who went on a pilgrimage to Compostella in Spain and were then adopted by all pilgrims, even those who went to Canterbury.

The Griffin (or Gryphon) is a chimerical creature half an eagle and half a lion. It is said that when he attains his full growth he will never be taken alive. Hence he is a fit representative of a Valiant Hero, who rather than yield to his enemy, exposes himself to the worst of dangers. It is one of the Principal Bearings in Heraldry.

The Chatfield Arms are of Ancient Record and it is very probable that the incorporation of Arabesque design around the Shield was granted by some Royal Chief for Services of Distinction.


Chatfield wapenbord in The Grote Kerk or Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk (Church of Our Lady) Breda, Holland.


This image was placed above the scallops in one version.

Full image of this  version

Surrey Heritage

CHATFIELD of Ripley.
Arms: Argent a winged griffin segreant Sable, on a chief Purpure three escallops of the first.
From the monument in Ripley Church to John Chatfield, (d.Sep 20, 1765).(MB iii 115)

The Rev. George Chatfield, BCL (Oxon), of Cork Street, London, (d.1820 aged 78), son of John Chatfield of Ripley, 
(d.1765), bore the following Arms: 
Or a griffin segreant Sable on a chief Purpure three escallops of the first.
Crest: An heraldic antelope's head erased Argent ducally gorged Or.


  • Chatfeild Henry Little Horsted
  • Chatfeild Henry Steyning
  • Chatfeild John Beeding ,Steyning
  • Chatfeild John Ditcheling
  • Chatfeild John Sompting ,Heene
  • Chatfeild John South Ease, Clerk.
  • Chatfeild Robert Cuckfeild
  • Chatfeild Thomas Little Horsted, Franfeild
  • Chatfeild Walter Cuckfeild
  • Chatfield Richard Aburton

H.1. DATA - CHATFIELD spellings

During the course of research various people have come up with the following variations on the spelling of the name CHATFIELD.

Cattesfelde, Chadfield, Chatefeild, Chatefeilde, Chatefeld, Chatefield, Chatefild, Chatefyil, Chatefyild, Chatefyld, Chatfeeilde, Chatfeeld, Chatfeelde, Chatfeild, Chatfeilde, Chatfel, Chatfeld, Chatfelde, Chatfell, Chatfelld, Chatfeyld, Chatffeeld, Chatffeelde, Chatffeilde, Chatffelde, Chatffield, Chatffild, Chatfiel, Chatfield, Chatfielde, Chatfields, Chatfifle, Chatfil, Chatfild, Chatfilde, Chatfold, Chatfon, Chatford, Chatfyeld, Chatfyilde, Chatfyld, Chatfylde, Chatfyled, Chattefeld, Chattefield, Chattfeild, Chattfield, Chattfielde, Chattifield, Chaxfeild, Chaxfill, Chetfeld, Chetffeeld, Chetffeelde, Chetfield, Chettefeld, Chutfield, Chxfeild plus variations of Shatfield.

Chatfield 10,084th most common last name. (I believe based on USA figures)

H.2. DATA - CHATFIELD forename popularity

  • # 1 - John
  • # 2 - Mary
  • # 3 - William
  • # 4 - Charles
  • # 5 - Elizabeth
  • # 6 - George
  • # 7 - James
  • # 8 - Thomas
  • # 9 - Robert
  • # 10 - Sarah
  • # 11 - David
  • # 12 - Henry
  • # 13 - Edward
  • # 14 = Richard and Samuel
  • # 16 - Richard
  • # 17 - Joseph
  • # 18 - Jane
  • # 19 - Margaret
  • # 20 - Ann
  • # 21 - Frederick


Estimated from 1980's voting registers
Country Population Most populous region now
Gt. Britain 3360 Kent
U.S.A. 3352 California
Australia 1181 New South Wales
Canada 382 Ontario
New Zealand 363 North Island
France 12  
South Africa ????  

Total 8650

We can assume that there are about 10,000 Chatfields' world wide.


This article relates to Chatfield and Chatfield Bridge in the County of Suffolk, England

The London and Paris Observer ( PARIS AUGUST 31 1828. Weekly Journal Cost 25 sous. (Quarter of a Franc))

Within the last forty years (of 1828) some very strange murders have been committed in the county of Suffolk. The last person hanged for murder in this county was a man named Thrower and his conviction and execution took place in 1811, twenty one years after the murder was perpetrated. Thrower murdered an old man and his grand daughter at a place called Chatfield Bridge, he beat their brains out with a hammer which he had borrowed off a man named Head. He and Head were afterwards transported and in the year 1811 when the Marrs murder was the general topic of conversation some suspicion fell on Thrower but no one knew what had become of him for above twenty years. An attorney at Chatfield named Williams was in conversation with another attorney at Cambridge on the subject of the Marrs murder and said to him "We suspect that a man named Thrower murdered the old man and his grand daughter at Chatfield in 1790 but we don't know what is become of him". The Cambridge attorney replied "that he had a legacy to pay to a woman named Thrower whose husband has been absent from her twenty years and he had learned that the man had retumed to England and was residing near Swaffham and the wife could not receive the legacy till she had obtained the husband's signature". The Chatfield attorney immediately went in pursuit of Thrower and apprehended him for the murder near Swaffham when Head came forward and confessed that Thrower had borrowed a hammer "to do a job" and that Thrower afterwards boasted he had murdered the old man and his granddaughter with the hammer and had thrown it in a pond near the old man's house. The pond was searched and the hammer was found. Upon Head's evidence corroborated as it was by the finding of the hammer and other circumstances Thrower was convicted hanged and gibbeted.

Roads with an asterisk have a location map in Street maps of Chatfield roads in UK. (not currently available)

  • Chatfield Close, Knellwood, Farnborough, Hants., GU14 6SS (Link)
  • Chatfield Close, Hollington, Hastings District (B), East Sussex (Link)
  • Chatfield Close, Stapenhill, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffs. (Link)
  • Chatfield Court, off York Gate, Caterham, Surrey. CR3 5??  (Link)
  • Chatfield Crescent, Ratton, Eastbourne, E. Sussex, BN22 0?? (Link)
  • Chatfield Drive, Birchwood, Warrington, Cheshire, WA3 6?? (Link)
  • Chatfield Drive, Merrow & Burpham, Guildford, Surrey. GU4 7??  (Link)
  • Chatfield Lodge, Mount Joy, Isle of Wight, Hants. (Link)
  • Chatfield Place, Longton, Stoke on Trent,. Staffs., ST3 1?? (Link)
  • Chatfield Road, Chichester, W. Sussex, PO19 4?? (Link)
  • Chatfield Road, Chorlton cum Hardy, Manchester, M21 8?? (Link)
  • Chatfield Road, Broad Green. Croydon, Surrey. CR0 2?? and CR0 3?? (Link)
  • Chatfield Road, Cuckfield, Sussex. RH17 5?? (Link)
  • Chatfield Road, Bridgemary North, Gosport, Hants., PO13 0?? (Link)
  • Chatfield Road, Niton, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 2DR
  • Chatfield Road, St. Mary's Park, Wandsworth, London, SW11 3??  * (Originally Sewell Road) (Link)
  • Chatfield Road, Beauchief, Sheffield, S. Yorkshire, S8 0?? (Link)
  • Chatfield Way, East Malling, Kent, ME19 6QD (Link)
  • Chatfield, Farnham, Slough, Middlesex, SL2 1??  (Link)
  • Chatfields, Gossops Green, Crawley, Sussex. RH11 8?? (Link)
Chatfeild Road Niton and Whitwell Isle of Wight Isle of Wight
Chatfield Farnham Slough (B) Slough (B)
Chatfield Close Hollington Hastings District (B) East Sussex County
Chatfield Close Knellwood Rushmoor District (B) Hampshire County
Chatfield Close Stapenhill East Staffordshire District (B) Staffordshire County
Chatfield Court Caterham-on-the-Hill Tandridge District Surrey County
Chatfield Crescent Ratton Eastbourne District (B) East Sussex County
Chatfield Drive Merrow and Burpham Guildford District (B) Surrey County
Chatfield Drive Birchwood Warrington (B) Warrington (B)
Chatfield Lodge Mount Joy Isle of Wight Isle of Wight
Chatfield Place Longton North City of Stoke-on-Trent (B) City of Stoke-on-trent (B)
Chatfield Road Chorlton Manchester District (B) Manchester District (B)
Chatfield Road St. Mary's Park Wandsworth London Boro Greater London Authority
Chatfield Road Broad Green Croydon London Boro Greater London Authority
Chatfield Road Cuckfield Mid Sussex District West Sussex County
Chatfield Road Bridgemary Gosport District (B) Hampshire County
Chatfield Road Beauchief Sheffield District (B) Sheffield District (B)
Chatfield Road Cuckfield Mid Sussex District West Sussex County
Chatfield Way East Malling and Larkfield Tonbridge and Malling District (B) Kent County
Chatfields Gossops Green Crawley District (B) West Sussex County

Properties in England

  • Chatfield House, Fyning Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 1JF
  • Chatfield Lodge, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1??
  • Chatfield House, Cross Colwood Lane, Bolney, Haywards Heath RH17 5RY.  Detached, Freehold, 8 Beds, 4 Baths, 2 Receps. Estimate 2011 £2,493,253.
  • Chatfields Cottage, Cross Colwood Lane, Bolney, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 5RY
  • Chatfields, Golden Square, Henfield, Sussex, BN5 9DP. Grade II listed, 16th c on southern side of village. Advertised in Nov 1992 for £198,500. Estimate 2011 £468,143. 50.9281, -0.2718.
  • Chatfields Farm, Woldringfold, Crabtree, Cowfold, Sussex.  51.4251N 0:16.2608W. Just south of Crabtree, near the A281 between Lower Beeding and Cowfold.
  • Chatfields Farm Cottages, as above.
  • J Shotter Ltd., Chatfield House, 119 Manthorpe Road, Grantham, Lincs., NG31 8DQ


  • Chatfield Avenue, Belfield, NSW, Australia -S33.89999 E151.08304
  • Chatfield Street, Ryde, NSW, Australia -S33.81242 E151.11606
  • Chatfield Court, Upper North Coast, NSW, Australia -S28.31317 E153.57040
  • Chatfield, QLD (Australia) -S20.77 E142.92 731 198 m above sea level. The annual rainfall of Chatfield is about 475 mm.
  • Chatfield Creek, QLD (Australia) -S20.7833 E142.7333
  • Chatfield Close, Oxley, QLD 4075, Australia -S27.55643 E152.96378
  • Chatfield Street, Edens Landing, QLD, Australia -S27.70209 E153.16111
  • Chatfield Terrace, Wallaroo CBD, SA, Australia -S33.93126 E137.61335
  • Chatfield, VIC, (Australia) 14km E. of Balmoral. -S37.27101 E141.68989. 256 m above sea level. The annual rainfall of Chatfield is about 660 mm.
  • Chatfield Avenue, Balwyn, VIC, Australia -S37.81421 E145.06891. (Listed  by as in Canterbury.)
  • Chatfield Avenue, Rosebud West, VIC, Australia -S38.36327 E144.87767
  • Chatfield Avenue, Daylesford, VIC, Australia -S37.35250 E144.13664 (Named after bricklayer William Francis Chatfield, former convict sent to Tasmania  from Sussex, England who made it good in Daylesford.)
  • Chatfield Way, Port Macquarie, VIC, Australia -S31.47544 E152.91296
  • Chatfield Street, Kingsville, VIC 3012, Australia -S37.81024 E144.87922
  • Chatfield Road, Rupanyup, VIC 3388, Australia
  • Chatfield Road, Serpentine, WA, Australia -S32.37609 E115.99239
  • Mrs Coates (widow) with a young family launched out into business, purchasing the Chatfield Creek Hotel on the Flinders River in the good old coaching and shearing days. Mrs Coates was known far and wide as the hostess of the road. Later on when the railway went through to Cloncurry the Chatfield Creek Hotel was removed and erected at Malbon, Queensland.  Mrs Coates died in 1929.

New Zealand

United States of America and Canada

  • Chatfield Island, British Columbia, Canada. Named after the first Admiral Chatfield, who, when Captain of HMS Amethyst took the Earl & Countess of Dufferin (he was then Governor-General) for a cruise up the inner islands of BC in 1875 and in consequence an island was named after him. It is about 6 miles long.
  • Chatfield Beach, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Chatfield, Winnipeg, Canada
  • Chatfield Pond, Arizona, USA
  • Chatfield, Arkansas 72323, United States [Place] is in Crittenden County; location is 35°0'21"N 90°23'50"W [SourceGSP]
  • Chatfield School, Arkansas, USA
  • Chatfield Dr., Riverside, CA 92508
  • Chatfield and Bartholomew Ditch, Colorado, USA
  • Chatfield Dam, Colorado, U.S.A.
  • Chatfield Lake, Colorado, USA
  • Chatfield Reservoir, Colorado, USA
  • Chatfield State Park, Colorado, USA
  • Chatfield Pit, Colorado, USA
  • Chatfield State Recreational Area, Colorado, USA
  • Reed-Chatfield Ditch, Colorado, USA
  • Chatfield Hollow State Park, Killingworth, CT, USA  381 Route 80, Killingworth, CT 06419
  • Chatfield Hollow Brook, Connecticut , USA
  • Paul E Chatfield School, 51 Skokarat Street, Seymour, Connecticut, USA. (School was built on land he owned and was named after him.)
  • Chatfield, Fillmore County, Minnesota, U.S.A. About 25 miles SW of Rochester. Named after 'Judge' A. G. Chatfield, a lawyer who practiced locally until his death in 1875.
  • Chatfield St., Derby, New Haven Co., CT 06418, USA
  • Chatfield Place, Baldwin Park, Orlando, Florida, 32814, USA
  • Chatfield, Georgia (historical), USA
  • Chatfield Creek, Idaho, USA
  • Chatfield Saddle, Idaho, USA
  • Chatfield St, Detroit, Michigan, USA
  • Chatfield, MB, USA
  • Chatfield Ln, Ellicott City, Maryland 21043, USA
  • Chatfield, Minnesota,  55923, United States [City]; population was 2,226 in 1990; housing units was 876 in 1990; location is 43°51'N 92°11'W; land area is 1.86 square miles (1,191 acres); FIPS code is 11008 [SourceCBP]
  • Chatfield, Minnesota, United States [Populated Place] is in Fillmore County; location is 43°50'44"N 92°11'20"W [SourceGSP]
  • Chatfield, Minnesota, United States [Populated Place] is in Olmsted County; location is 43°50'44"N 92°11'20"W [SourceGSP]
  • Chatfield Branch, New Jersey, USA
  • Chatfield Canyon, New Mexico, USA
  • Chatfield Peak, New Mexico, USA
  • Chatfield Road, Bronxville, NY 10708, USA
  • Chatfield Corner, Middle Grove, NY, USA
  • Chatfield's Restaurant, 208 E 60th St., Manhattan, New York, USA
  • Chatfield Rd, Yonkers, New York 10708, USA
  • Chatfield Township, North Dakota, USA
  • Chatfield, Crawford County, Ohio 44825, United States [Populated Place], location is 40°57'1"N 82°56'42"W [SourceGSP]
  • Chatfield, Ohio, United States [Village]; population was 206 in 1990; housing units was 90 in 1990; location is 40°57'N 82°56'W; land area is 0.30 square miles (190 acres); FIPS code is 13694 [SourceCBP]
  • Chatfield Memorial, Ohio, USA
  • Chatfield Park, Keokuk, Ohio, USA
  • Chatfield, Wasco County; Oregon, United States, location is 45°41'55"N 121°21'13"W [SourceGSP]
  • Chatfield, Oregon (historical), USA
  • Chatfield Hill, near Mosier, Wasco Co., Oregon, USA. Latitude/Longitude: N 45° 41' 1.43"  W 121° 21' 1.26" (45.68373, -121.35035)
  • Battery Chatfield (renamed by the Unionists after they took the Confederate 'Battery Gregg' in Sept 1863) on Morris Island, near Sullivan's Island beach, near the old pier opposite Fort Moultrie, Charleston Harbor, South Carolina.
  • Chatfield, Navarro County, Texas 75105, United States, location is 32°14'29"N 96°24'26"W; elevation is 423 feet [SourceGSP] (CHATFIELD, TEXAS, in the northeastern Navarro County, was settled in 1848 by a man named Chatfield who pitched a tent on the Corsicana road and set up a tinware and household article business. There being a spring at the site, other settlers joined Chatfield, among them B. F. Lisman, a blacksmith who made sabres for the Confederate Army. During the Civil War the name of the settlement and post-office was changed to Mesquite, but the original name was resumed after the war. Chatfield reached its peak during the late 1890's; it remains an agricultural community with cotton the chief money crop. Cattle are also being raised in this community. Population in 1945 was three hundred.)


AA. BEDYLES - or Bedales

Thomas Chatfield was reputed to be 'of Bedyles', however it did not come into the family until 1614 over a hundred years later. See the article in this section under 'CHATFIELD - Of Chailey etc.

According to Hilary Bourne of the Ditchling Museum in a letter dated 13th August 1990 to the secretary of the CFHS -

"There was a house called 'Bedales' which was demolished - now a field north of the last lane out of Burgess Hill called Cooper's Close - you can get to it via Valebridge Road across the railway line."

There is very interesting information on Ditchling at

AB. CHATFIELD - Of Chailey, Westmeston, Chiltington and Ditchling.

(Compiled from original sources)

AC. In Horsfields' Sussex on page 234 of Volume I there appears the following 'Robert de Chatfield recovered Seisin against the two messuages with the appurtinancies in Westmiston. Exchequer records 15. Edward I anno domini 1287. (Westmeston Parish adjoins Ditchling.)

AD. The earliest notices of the name Chatfield in Street Hundred are Theobald de Chattefeld who occurs in an Otehall deed about the 13th century. Walter Cattesfelde and Stephen Chatefield, of Westmeston, appear in the Poll Tax for 2 Rich. II. (1378). Walter C. occurs in a Wivelsfield deed in 1502. John C., Sen. and Jun., pay to the Subsidy of 14 and 15 Hen. VIII. in Street Hundred, also Thomas C., Sen. and Jun., and Richard and William. In 1536 Stevyn Chatfeld, of Saddlescombe, in Newtimber (near Hassocks), makes his Will, and leaves 12d. to each of the High Altars of Newtimber and Hurst. He mentions his wife Alice and his sons Thomas, John, Stevyn, William and Edward, his daughters Agnes, Alice, Margaret and Eleanor. Thomas Luxford and Walter Dubbyll are the overseers of W. In the Subsidy for Street Hundred, 37 Hen. VIII., Robert C. (?of Westmeston) is taxed "for the stock of Robert C. the son of Robert C. for goods in his hands." In another Subsidy for same date (1545) Robert C., of Westmeston, occurs, and also Richard C., of Chailey. In Subsidy 5 Eliz., Robert C., Sen., appears under Lofeld, which was a township in south part of Chailey. In Subsidies for 13 and 18 Eliz. for Street Hundred, Robert C. (?Chailey) and Nicholas and Robert C. (? of Chiltington with Westmeston) occur. In Subsidies 43 Eliz. and 21 James, John C. of Chailey, John C. of Lofeld, Robert C. of Newick, and Robert C. of Ditchling, appear as landowners. Wills of these families from 1539 are at Probate Court, Lewes.

The pedigrees of "Chatfield of Bedyles in Ditchling" in the Herald's Visitations of Sussex, 1633 (Harl. and Add. MSS. in British Museum) and "Berry's Sussex Genealogies," are incorrect in stating that Thomas Chatfield and his son John and grandson Richard were "of Bedyles", as this property did not come into the Chatfield family till 1614, when Thomas Haslegrove, of Ditchling, left by Will (pd. 1615) "his freehold lands in Ditchling" (Manor Rolls for Ditchling give "Beadles") "to his grandson Robert C. son of his only daughter and heir Margerie relict of John Cowper of Ditchling and afterwards wife of Robert Chatfield 'of Beards' in Ditchling". Thomas Chatfield, the head of the Visitation Pedigree, was perhaps of Chailey, and therefore tenant under the Lord of the Manor of Ditchling, in which the south part of that parish was. In Harl. MS. 1562, fo. 2, which is the Visitation of Sussex by Benolte in 1530, the Arms of Chatfield are given but no pedigree. Neither is there one in the original Visitation for 1574. Harl. MS., 892, and Add. MS. 6346 (which give the pedigree as from the original in 1574) are only transcripts with additions of late date and are in error.

AE. ADD. MSS. 4121 20 February 1514 enfeoffment shows John Chatfield of Bedelles.

This record puts in doubt the above underlined statement by Comber leaving Berry as possibly correct. Perhaps the property went out of the family to Thomas Haslegrove and then back again.

AF. Ditchling Subsidy Rolls

AG. Ditchling 1623 in lands

Robert Chatfield

AH. Hundred of Strete 1523-4

  • Thomas Chatfield
  • Thomas Chatfield Junr.
  • Will Chatfield
  • John Chatfield Sen.
  • John Chatfield Junr.

AI. Hundred of Strete 1575 in lands

  • Margaret Chatfield wid.
  • Robert Chatfield
  • Nicholas Chatfield

AJ. Ditchling Wills at Lewes 1541-1640

1603 Thomas Chatfield

AK. Knighthood offer to John Chatfield

In the reign of Charles I, John Chatfield, of Ditchling, declining the honour of knighthood, was fined £10.00, the usual sum demanded in those days as composition for knighthood.

AL. Rev. George Withall - minister of the Ditchling Chapel from 1832

"When I went there the families connected with the chapel included Mrs Chatfield."

AM. Rev. Mr Morgan, Rector of Street wrote of Ditchling in April 1780

"The Chatfields in this parish are people of good property, particularly Mr Michael Chatfield of Court Farm, but I believe of no family. Being Dissenters they are not entered in the Parish Register."

As the Chatfields "of Bedyles in Ditchlyng" entered a pedigree of five descents at the Visitation of Sussex in 1574, and as the Chatfields of Oving, on entering their pedigree in 1634, acknowledged the Chatfields of Ditchling descended from Richard (whom Berry in his "Sussex Genealogies" calls Nicholas) as the senior branch of the family, Mr Morgan's belief that they were of "no family" does not appear to have been the result of enquiry.

Of this ancient Ditchling family an early ancestor was Theobald de Chattefeld, who in 1279 was witness to a charter granting lands at Cuckfield to Lewes Priory.

AN. Schools in Ditchling

Extract from "Horsfield's History of Lewes and its Environs," published December 19th 1826, which informs us that:

"Two excellent schools, conducted on the Lancastrian plan and supported by voluntary contributions, are established in this town; much both in regard to the origin and success of these institutions is due to the benevolence of John and Robert Chatfield Esqrs., by the former of whom the boys schoolroom was built in 1815 and the girls by the latter in 1816. The gratuitous use of these rooms has been kindly continued up to the present time. We regret however, to state that the funds of this institution are by no means in a flourishing condition, owing, partly, to the pressure of the times, and somewhat to unworthy feelings and suspicions.

Let us, however, accord to the brothers John and Robert Chatfield, whom we may regard as the pioneers of education in Ditchling, all due honour for their efforts in this direction. The tombs of the two brothers will be found side by side in the chapel yard."

AO. St Margarets Church

AP. Churchwardens of St Margarets 1638-1750

  • 1642 Thomas Godman and Robert Chatfield
  • 1656 William Chatfield and Nicholas White
  • 1671 Thomas Geere and John Chatfield
  • 1672 Peter Marchant and William Chatfield
  • 1677 John Chatfield and Michael Marten

AQ. Monumental Inscriptions

AR. In the south chancel of the church is a memorial to:-

"To the memory of Ann wife of Jas Wood of this parish who departed this life the 29th of September 1776 aged 76 years."

Ann was daughter of Robert Chatfield, of Handly, in Cuckfield, where she was baptised 3rd March 1700, and was married at Wivelsfield 10th April 1726. Her grandfather was Robert Chatfield, who migrated from Ditchling to Cuckfield.

AS. On the south side of the church are several altar tombs, on one is inscribed:-

"Here lyeth buried ye body of William Chatfield of Ditchling, youngest son of Robert Chatfield of Newick who departed this life Dec. 10th 1694 aged 76 years."

Two tombs which, from their proximity to the above, are probably those of other members of this family, are unreadable.

AT. The "Jernel" of a Ditchling Man.

Written by John Burgess of Ditchling from 1785 - 1815.

AU. He mentions 'The Rookery', where some of the Chatfields lived, a house no longer in existence, but the position may still (1901) be located, as the garden in which it stood and the gateway leading into the same still remain, but all trace of the house is gone, though it has been pulled down but a few years.

AV. In January 1786 he says: "Master Hallett and I did open a Steen Grave wherein Mrs Chatfield was buried in ye year 1766 she was 54 years of age, we took the coffin out and set it in the Meeting House all night, we opened it, nothing to be seen but a perfect skeleton, she was grandmother to Miss Sally Mott who is to be buried tomorrow."

On the following day he informs us that:- "Sally Mott was brought from The Rookery to be buried, that the service was performed by candle-light. There was a great many people. Snow in ye morning, freze in ye evening."

In July of the same year he "was assisting in opening a Steen grave in order to enlarge it for to put Mr Chatfield in, it was his father's grave and he had been buried fifty years, the coffin was very much decayed but not so much but we could see the Date etc."

On the following day he records that the funeral of Mr Chatfeild took place, and that "the meeting was very full of people."

Mrs Chatfield, buried in 1766, was Sarah, daughter of Joseph Looker, of Ditchling, and widow of Robert, elder son of Robert, the founder of the chapel, while the Mr Chatfeild buried in 1786 was Michael of Court Gardens.

AW. On November 9th 1787 he writes:- "Work in ye Meeting House, Mr Rowland made an end of setting up of Toombs. He and 2 of his men came last Thursday. Set 1 up for Looker Chatfield, 1 for Mrs Boadle, 1 for Mr Joseph Chatfield and Mrs his wife etc."

Looker Chatfield, son of Michael, of Court Gardens, by Lucy (daughter of Joseph) Looker his wife, died 30th March 1773 aged 21. Mr Joseph Chatfield (son of Robert and Sarah, formerly Looker his wife) died 12th February 1776 aged 38.

AX. A note in the diary records:- "diging a grave to bury Mrs Wood in."

A monumental inscription in the burial ground is in memory of Lucy, daughter of Michael Chatfield, of Court Gardens, and wife or Mr Thomas Wood, of London, died 10th January 1788 aged 34.


AZ. Resulting from the persecution of Nonconformists under The Clarendon Code in the reign of Charles II, the chapel was founded by Robert Chatfield of Streat as a common meeting place for worship for all the little groups who met in private houses in the surrounding villages. Together with an adjoining cottage, the northern end of which is probably older than the Meeting House, the chapel was bequeathed to the congregation in 1734. Some persecution followed and the blocked-up staircase to the cottage cellar was by tradition, an escape route. It was probably a General Baptist group and the baptistery was found when the floor was relaid in 1970. The door was originally in the north wall and traces can be seen from the exterior. There are original pews in the now unused gallery. The Trust Deed of 1740 is an open one requiring no confession of faith from any member. The words "Free Christian" remain in its title. The first Unitarian minister was appointed in 1790. There are frequent mentions of the Old Meeting House in John Burgess' "Jernel" of 1785-1794 which see elsewhere in this book.


Drawing of The Old Meeting House, Ditchling, Sussex.

The houses in East End Lane below the churchyard were reputed to be the Free School which taught children of all religious denominations. It was founded in 1814 by John and Robert Chatfield and William Campion, Rector of Westmeston (Minute Book 1814).

Coming to more modern times, Sir Adrian Boult, conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, was married in the chapel in 1933. G.K. Chesterton, overfilling the one armchair, addressed a literary meeting there about the same time.

BA. "This place is noted for dissenters of almost all denominations" wrote the Rev Mr Morgan in 1780. The dissenting place of worship, surrounded by its own burial ground, situated in East End Lane, Ditchling, and which has a history of at least three hundred years., and is probably one of the oldest, if not the oldest, of its kind in Sussex.

It appears from his will, dated 24th February, 1734-5, proved at Lewes 5th March, 1736, that Robert Chatfield, of Street, was founder of the Meeting House, for in it he makes the following bequest:-

"And whereas there is a house built belonging to me for the Baptist to Meeting and Land to bury their Dead in at Ditchling Town my will is that my son Robert Chatfield should make a good Title to the same to Thomas Backman, Thomas Wood, Stephen Asgate and Michael Marten at Fregbarrow when they shall demand it, and if he should refuse he is to pay the £150.00"

The testator, who was the son of John and Susan Chatfield, of Ditchling, baptised there 21st March 1675-6, married Sarah, daughter of Michael Marten, by whom he had two sons, Robert of Street and Michael of Court Gardens, in Ditchling. He died on the 24th January 1736 and his tomb among others are the earliest memorials in the burying ground, which contains several tombs of his descendants.

BB. "PEOPLE OF HIDDEN SUSSEX" by Warden Swiffen & David Arscott

See article elsewhere in this book.

BC. The neighbourhood of Ditchling

A short distance to the north-east is Chiltington, a small hamlet and chapelry of Westmeston, and should be visited, not only on account of its picturesque beauty, of which it possesses a considerable share, but from the fact that it contains two "decayed mansions", Stantons and Chapel House, which were for generations the residences of the Chatfields and Challoners.

Photograph of Ditchling


  • Alfred John, Admiral Chatfield C.B., R.N., K.St.J. 1831-1910. Served in RN ship, HMS Ganges which was in Greek waters in Jan 1850. A boat, commanded by a Lt. Breen & a Midshipman Chatfield, was sent to Piraeus to collect water & on the return journey the boat capsized. 12 of the crew were lost incl. Breen.   Midshipman Chatfield wrote his journal up & he then published his memoirs in 1902. A newspaper article can be read by clicking here.  Served in Baltic Expedition 1854, in the Black Sea during Crimean War and in Ashanti Campaign 1874. He wrote "The Navy and Defence", the first half of his memoirs really, published by Heinemans. There is a photograph of him in the book.
  • 1st Lord Chatfield by Reginald Grenville Eves Chatfield, Alfred Ernle Montacute, C.V.O., C.M.G., C.B., K.C.M.G., K.C.B., G.C.B. O.M. 1st Baron of Ditchling. (1873-1967), admiral of the fleet; educated at St Andrew's School, Tenby; entered R.N. at Britannia, Dartmouth, 1886; joined Iron Duke , 1888; specialized in gunnery; lieutenant in Caesar , 1899; captain, commanded Albermarle in Atlantic Fleet, 1909; Capt. of H.M.S. Medina during tour of India of King George V and Queen Mary 1911-1912; flag captain in Lion with David (later Admiral of the Fleet first Earl) Beatty , 1913; fought in battles of Heligoland Bight (1914), Dogger Bank (1915), and Jutland (1916); flag captain and chief of staff to Beatty in Iron Duke , 1916; fourth sea lord, Admiralty, 1919; assistant chief of staff, 1920; rear-admiral, 1920; senior naval delegate at Washington, 1921; concerned with negotiations for naval armaments limitation, 1921-2; commanded Third Cruiser Squadron, Mediterranean, 1923-5; third sea lord and controller of the navy, 1925-9; vice-admiral, 1926; commander-in-chief, Atlantic Fleet in Nelson , 1929; admiral, Mediterranean Fleet, in Queen Elizabeth , 1930-2; first sea lord, 1933-8; secured naval control of Fleet Air Arm, 1937; admiral of the fleet, 1935; baron, 4th June 1937; minister for co-ordination of defence, sworn to the Privy Council PC, OM, 1939; post abolished, 1940; honorary degrees, Oxford and Cambridge; April 3 1940: Churchill is appointed chairman of the Ministerial Defense Committee following the resignation of Lord Chatfield.;  published The Navy and Defence (1942) and It Might Happen Again (1947). NPG 4602
  • Portrait of Alfred Chatfield, 1st Baron Chatfield by Reginald Grenville Eves. Date: 1937. Medium: oil on canvas. Measurements: 24 in. x 20 in. (610 mm x 508 mm) Held by National Portrait Gallery but not on display.
  • Bianca Lee Chatfield, b. 1982, Australian Netball player.  Played for Melbourne Phoenix and Vixens, Victoria and Australia. Played at 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games winning a Silver medal and a Gold medal at the 2007 World Netball Championships. Parents Glenda and Geoff C. Sisters: Natalie and Carly.
  • 2nd Lord Chatfield of Ditchling
  • Ernle David Lewis, Lord Chatfield 2nd Baron of Ditchling. 1917-. Educated at Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, and Trinity College Cambridge, late Hon. Lieut. R.N.V.R., A.D.C. to Governor General of Canada 1940-45. Succeeded his father 1967.
  • Photo of Ernle David Lewis Chatfield, 2nd Baron Chatfield by Colin John Chatfield. Date: 1990. Brighton, Sussex, Chatfield re-union.
  • Edward  Chatfield, (1800-1839) , painter; son of a Croydon distiller; pupil of B. R. *Haydon ; painted portraits and historical scenes, 1821-38; wrote in the magazines under pseudonym of `Echion'.
  • Ewan Chatfield, New Zealand test cricketer. Ewan played 43 Tests, 114 one-dayers and taken 263 international wickets, 123 of those in Tests.  In 2009 he was a driver for an executive taxi company in New Zealand.
  • Frederick Chatfield, born 1861. Mayor of Appleby, Cumberland 1898-99.
  • George Chatfield, Mayor of Chichester, Sussex 1586 and 1599 until he died on 4th May.
  • George Chatfield, RA, 19th century artist.
  • Harold B Chatfield, Flight Sergeant  RAAF. In the South East Asian theatre, the first Spitfire Vcs reached three squadrons on the India-Burma front in November 1943. Spitfire pilots met Japanese for the first time on Boxing Day, 1943. A pair of Spitfires piloted by Flying Officer Geoffrey William Andrews and Flight Sergeant Harry B. Chatfield attacked a formation of Japanese planes over Chittagong. Andrews destroyed a fighter and a bomber, damaging a second, while Chatfield shot down another two. On the last day of 1943, Royal Australian Air Force Spitfires destroyed eleven Japanese bombers and three fighters. Churchill complimented the Australian Squadron for their "brilliant exploit". Harry was married to Heather June Painter in 1948 at Bendigo, Victoria, Australia.
  • Jason Chatfield, b. 1984, Melbourne, Australian editorial and comic strip cartoonist and stand-up comedian.
  • Philip Chatfield, Ballet dancer. Married to Miss Rowena Jackson. Director of the New Zealand National School of Ballet.
  • Rev. Alan Chatfield, uncle of the first Admiral Chatfield, translator (mainly from Greek) of hymns in the 1904 "Hymns, Ancient & Modern", Nos. 250 'With him on the holy mount' and 480 'O look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me.'
  • Rev. Allen W Chatfield, (1808-1896) (Translator).  Songs and Hymns of the Earliest Greek Christian Poets.  SONGS AND HYMNS of  Earliest Greek Christian Poets  BISHOPS AND OTHERS
  • Rev. Canon Norman Chatfield  Diocese of Portsmouth born 1937


  • Chatfield, Famous Racehorse. Ran in the Derby and many other races in Australia in the late 1930's to 1950. Sired by Manitoba in Victoria, Australia.#Apprentice Injured In Epsom Fall
  • Friday 24 January 1947. Apprentice rider R. Houlihan sustained a fractured left collarbone when his mount, the two-year-old Lady Chatfield, fell while galloping at Epsom yesterday morning.
  • Greyhound Chatfield.


  • Gippsland Times (Vic. : Tuesday 5 January 1875) Relates to incident in Kent, England.
    (Pall Mall Gazette.) HIS PRECIOUS BOOTS. We are glad to see that the case of John Chatfield, a tramp who has been committed for trial by the Sevenoaks magistrates, is actually described as "wife-murder," and that there seems every disposition to treat it as such. Chatfield and his wife, it seems, were returning from hop-picking on the morning of the 5th inst., when he was seen to kick the woman six times at different parts of the road because she could not get along fast enough to please him, and at last she was found lying on the side of the road perfectly insensible. She was carried to a lodging-house in Westerham and placed on a bed made up on the floor of a back kitchen, no attempt made to call a surgeon, although two lived close by, and the next morning the wretched creature was found cold and dead. The medical evidence showed that death was caused by internal bleeding from a large lacerated wound in the liver exactly corresponding with a bruise over the right lower ribs. The bruise had been inflicted by the usual weapon a boot, the heels and toes of which were tipped with iron. Chatfield, on being charged with the murder, made a lame defence, the falsehood of which was easily exposed, and he was then committed for trial. His words on being removed in custody by the superintendent are noteworthy and even touching : "I suppose they'll hang me for this; if they don't I should like to have my boots back again." We can under stand Chatfield's desire to regain the weapons which he wields skilfully, but we can only hope that he may never recover his boots, except to wear them at a ceremony to the costume appropriate to which they are a proverbial adjunct.
  • Eric Gregory Chatfield,  b. 1918 abt. SENTENCED TO DEATH, Sydney Australia 31 May 1938.
    For Murder of Uncle
    Chatfield, 20 years, ship's steward, was found guilty at the Central Criminal Court to-day on a charge of having murdered his uncle, John Armour Maltby, aged 43 years, painter, at his home in Park parade, Pagewood, on March 19 1938.
    Chatfield was sentenced to death by Mr. Justice Davidson.
    The Crown prosecutor (Mr. L. J. McKean) said that Maltby's body was found in his home on March 20. Later Chatfield was admitted to a hospital at Bega after having been involved in an accident while he was driving the dead man's car to Melbourne. As the result of statements which he made to a nurse at the hospital Chatfield was arrested.
    After having shot Maltby with a revolver, Mr. McKcan said, Chatfield had hit him with a hammer and then gagged him. He later told some friends that a party which was to have been hold that night at the house would not be held. He went to another party, and then left for Melbourne by car
    "Defending Himself"
    In a statement from the dock Chatfield said that the action he had taken was to defend himself from his uncle, who, he thought, was going to shoot him. He maintained that he had been attacked by Maltby with a hammer and that Maltby came at him also with a revolver.  Maltby, he added, dropped the revolver, and he (accused) picked it up and fired at his uncle from a sitting position on the floor. He then took Maltby to his bedroom and put him on his bed.  "He started to lunge out with his hands and kick with his feet," Chatfield said. "I then lost my head completely and went back to the kitchen and picked up the hammer. When I got back to the bed- room Maltby was standing beside the door, and I still thought he meant to do me some injury or kill me. I hit him over the head with the hammer. He fell to the floor. He was moaning and groaning, and it was then that I gagged him.
    "Did Not Realise"
    "I did not realise what I had done, and it was not until I drove away from [ the house that I realised that I had killed him. I thought of going to the police. Eventually I made up my mind to go to Melbourne."  Mr. Hungerford (for Chatfield) said ? that Chatfield was in mortal terror of his life. There was a quarrel over a party arranged by the accused - apparently a drunken party - to which Maltby had taken exception.
    Mr. Justice Davidson, reviewing the evidence, said that it was not disputed that when the accused fired the revolver his uncle was unarmed. It had been established that Maltby, when found, did not have his coat or shoes on, and it was clear that the Crown's suggestion was that Maltby was lying on his bed when he was attacked.
    The jury's verdict was given after a retirement of 40 minutes.
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : Thursday 4 August 1938
    The Executive Council decided that the sentences of death passed on Eric Gregory Chatfield, 20, would be commuted to imprisonment for the .... of his natural life, and that he never be released from prison.


Children of ELI CHATFIELD 1860-1931 of Sussex.

Eli was a watchmaker born in Maresfield and died in Hawkhurst. He married Mary Ann Styles. Their fifteen children were:-

  1. AMY born 1883
  2. IVY born 1885
  3. ELI born 1886 died in infancy
  4. ASA born ? died in infancy
  5. IVO born 1887died in infancy
  6. LEO born 1889
  7. ROY born 1890
  8. IRA born 1892
  9. TOM born 1892 died before 1903
  10. ADA born 1893
  11. IDA born 1895
  12. ELI born 1897
  13. ENA born 1898
  14. ULA born 1900 died aged 3
  15. TOM born 1903
  16. GUY born 1907

Chatfield is the 10,377th most popular last name (surname) in the United States; frequency is 0.001%; percentile is 71.500 [SourceCBN]

In an old Methodist Hymnal there is a hymn entitled "Lord Jesus Think On Me". It was translated by Alan Chatfield from Greek. It is a beautiful hymn.  Unfortunately, that particular hymn doesn't appear in the current Methodist Hymnal.

Wincanton, Somerset Town Band

At one time there were 13 Chatfields or close relative performing in the band at the same time.

Holmthorpe Cricket Club

In the County of Surrey in the 1800's there was a cricket team of 11 men named Chatfield at Holmthorpe near Redhill made up of 11 Chatfields; Grandfather, Sons and Grandsons. They were named; Richard born 1813, his sons David, Thomas, Richard, Charles, John, Allan and William and three grandsons.

1934 film - Dangerous Corner written by JB Priestly
* Director: Phil Rosen
* Genre: Mystery
* Themes: Party Film, Suicide
* Main Cast: Virginia Bruce, Conrad Nagel, Melvyn Douglas, Erin O'Brien-Moore, Ian Keith
* Release Year: 1935
* Country: US
* Run Time: 66 minutes
Plot -Adapted from a typically tricky J. B. Priestley stage play, Dangerous Corner is a cautionary fable about the damage caused by telling the unvarnished truth. A burned-out radio tube is the catalyst for a series of painful and potentially dangerous revelations during a weekend party. The upshot of all this is the suicide of party guest Ian Keith and the mysterious theft of a large sum of money. Through an ingenious last-act plot twist (of the kind so beloved by Priestley and his ilk), the audience is treated to both a happy and a tragic denouement. Long ignored by film historians, Dangerous Corner was rediscovered when it popped up repeatedly on the American Movie Classics cable service in the mid-1980s. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
* Virginia Bruce - Anne Olwen
* Conrad Nagel - Robert Chatfield
* Melvyn Douglas - Charles Stanton
* Erin O'Brien-Moore - Freda Chatfield
* Ian Keith - Martin Chatfield
* Betty Furness - Betty; Henry Wadsworth - Gordon; Doris Lloyd - Miss Maude Mockridge

Chatfields' who lived the longest

  • Edward Harvey 1877-1985 (108 years old).
  • Georginus Chatfield 1845-/1953 (107 years old).
  • Eliza Chatfield 1877-1983 (105 years old).
  • Mary ? 1877-1982 (105 years old).
  • Bertha Chatfield 1890-1995 (104 years old).
  • Ellen Nellie Rosenberg 1882-1984 (102 years old).
  • Alice Chatfield 1881-1983 (102 years old).
  • Arthur Jackson 1882-1984 (101 years old).
  • Minnie M Chatfield 1880-1982 (101 years old).
  • Gladys Chatfield 1893-1995 (101 years old).
  • Elizabeth Beswick 1848-1949 (101 years old).
  • Arthur Chatfield 1899-2000 (101 years old).
  • Hannah Kenney 1809-1910 (101 years old).
  • Annette McCartney 1860-1961 (100 years old).
  • Amos Bronson 1719-1819 (100 years old).
  • Margaret Bell 1897-1997 (100 years old).
  • Neva Mallon 1908-2008 (100 years old).
  • Mary Robinson 1833-1933 (100 years old).
  • Gertrude Tuttle 1867-1967 (100 years old).
  • Harriet Chatfield 1836-1936 (100 years old).

Dr Chatfield

Found on a genealogy forum from Patricia Heath (ID *****0328) Date: 9 Feb 2009.

My grandfather, Ralph Chatfield Preston was born in Kentucky. There seems to be debate as to whether it was in Johnson or Floyd County. But, as the story goes, his middle name comes from the Doctor that delivered him.


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SurnameForenameDate PlaceOccupationProved SPI_RefRef
Date Place
ChatfeldJohn8 Jun 1561 ?Aldrington husbandman1565? 561883
ChatfieldAnn19 Dec 1783Uckfield widow8 Mar 1787 PCC London13745812
ChatfieldAnn9 Feb 1802Uckfield spinster29 Jan 1807 PCC London13745912
ChatfieldBernard1 Nov 1638Lancing yeoman15 Jan 1648 PCC London506693
ChatfieldEdward20 Apr 1813Brighthelmstone gentleman13 Feb 1816 PCC London349913
ChatfieldJohn13 Jun 1714Cuckfield yeoman21 July 1714 Lewes554603
ChatfieldJohn14 Apr 1748Ditchling yeoman2 Oct 1753 Chichester900837
ChatfieldJohn22 May 1821West Chiltington yeoman8 Aug 1821 PCC London554613
ChatfieldJohn23 Apr 1808Lewes gentleman3 Feb 1820 Chichester1175529
ChatfieldMatilda30 Nov 1843Pulborough spinster7 Jun 1844 PCC London507293
ChatfieldMichael27 Mar 1786Ditchling gentleman25 May 1787 PCC London900857
ChatfieldRalfe30 May 1638Uckfield weaver11 Sep 1638 South Malling451992
ChatfieldRobert22 Mar 1741Street yeoman19 May 1741 Chichester900827
ChatfieldRobert24 Feb 1735Street yeoman1737 Chichester900817
ChatfieldRobert29 Mar 1629Newick yeoman11 May 1629 PCC London 350123
ChatfieldSarah19 Oct 1764Ditchling 2 Aug 1766 Chichester900847
ChatfieldThomas10 Jan 1873Lewes gentleman25 Aug 187713142912
ChatfieldThomas5 Nov 1668Piddinghoe 11 Jan 1669 Lewes948008
ChatfieldWalter21 Feb 1770Cuckfield malster19 Jul 1771 Lewes554627

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