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Parish History

East Dean (West Sussex) is an Ancient Parish in the county of Sussex.

DEAN, EAST, a parish, in the union of West Hampnett, hundred of Westbourn and Singleton, rape of Chichester, W. division of Sussex, 8 miles (S. by E.) from Midhurst; containing 433 inhabitants. This parish, the soil of which is fertile, is characterised by an agreeable diversity of scenery, and the village is beautifully situated in a narrow picturesque vale. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at£5. 4. 4½.; net income, £86; patron, the Rev. Thomas White Cogan; appropriators, the Dean and Chapter of Chichester. The church is an ancient cruciform structure, in the early English style, with an embattled tower rising from the centre.

From: A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 15-23. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=50915 Date accessed: 01 May 2011.


Civil Registration

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Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Sussex Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

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