Fox's visit to Steyning in 1655 perhaps led to the
establishment of a Quaker community in Upper
Beeding; in 1677 a couple in the parish were presented for being Quakers and for having foregone a
marriage ceremony. (fn. 41) There was a Presbyterian
family in the parish in 1724. (fn. 42)
A room at Small Dole seating 25 was used for
weekly Independent services held by the minister
from Henfield in 1851; the attendance on Census
Sunday was 15. (fn. 43)
Primitive Methodists registered a chapel in the
parish and a room in a private house at Small Dole
in 1866. Both registrations were cancelled in 1876. (fn. 44)
In 1875 a 'fanatical' farmer was said by the incumbent to be holding weekly evening meetings, chiefly
for his own labourers. (fn. 45)
A Baptist chapel was built at Small Dole, to hold
150 people, in 1880. (fn. 46) It closed in 1977, (fn. 47) and by
1981 the building had been converted into the village hall. Meanwhile the Baptist farmer of Beeding
Court farm is said to have begun a Sunday school in
the farm kitchen in 1905. In 1913 an iron mission
room to replace it was opened in Church Lane. At
first the congregation was under the aegis of Shoreham Baptist church, but it became independent in
1959 when the first minister was appointed. A new
church was built in 1966 behind the old building,
which was demolished in or after 1975. In 1975 there
were 90 adult church members. (fn. 48)
||A. Fletcher, County Community in Peace and War,
121; S.A.C. lv. 86; S.R.S. l. 58.
||W.S.R.O., Ep. I/26/3, p. 55.
||P.R.O., HO 129/86/2/3/5.
||G.R.O. Worship Reg. nos. 17437, 17590.
||W.S.R.O., Ep. II/14A/1 (1875).
Kelly's Dir. Suss. (1895); cf. O.S. Map 6", Suss. LII.
NW. (1899 edn.).
||D. R. Elleray, Victorian Chs. of Suss. 79.
W. Suss. Gaz. 30 May 1963; 16 Oct. 1975.