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Prehistory

In 1993, the Lavant drum, a small Neolithic cylinder, was discovered during excavations at Chalk Pit Lane. It is one of only four objects of its type. The other three, the Folkton drums, were discovered in 1889 in North Yorkshire. It has been suggested that these objects were tools used to measure cord to standard lengths which were used in the construction of monuments such as Stonehenge and the timber circle at Durrington Walls.


East Lavant

Main article: East Lavant

East Lavant was listed in the Domesday Book.

In 1861, the population of the parish (with West Lavant) was 421, and the area was 2,884 acres (1,167 ha).


Mid Lavant

Mid Lavant (Loventone) was listed in the Domesday Book (1086) in the ancient hundred of Singleton as having 20 households: 10 villagers and 10 smallholders; with ploughing land and a mill, it had a value to the lords of the manor, Guy of Lavant and Ivo of Grandmesnil, of £9.

In 1861, the area of the small parish was 350 acres (140 ha), and described in Kelly's Directory of 1867 as "principally arable". The population in 1861 was 257. The Duke of Richmond was the principal landowner and patron of the parish church. The village pub is named after the Earl of March.

The parish church is dedicated to St Nicholas. It contains the May family vault, with a monument of Lady Mary May by John Bushnell.