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West Dean St Andrew, West Sussex
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Westbourne and Singleton
County Sussex
Poor Law Union Westbourne
Registration District Westbourne
Records begin
Parish registers: 1554
Bishop's Transcripts: 1592; Separate records exist for Binderton beginning 1592
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Boxgrove
Diocese Chichester
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) of Chichester for the Archdeaconry of Chichester
Location of Archive
Sussex Record Office


Parish History

DEAN, WEST (St. Andrew), a parish, in the union of Westbourne, hundred of Westbourne and Singleton, rape of Chichester, W. division of Sussex, 5 miles (N.) from Chichester; containing, with the tything of Chilgrove. The parish is on the road from London to Chichester by way of Midhurst. The church is an ancient cruciform structure, in the early English style, with a square embattled tower; the south transept was rebuilt in 1810. Several small Roman sepulchral urns have been found under the downs, above Chilgrove, at which place was formerly a chapel. [1]

West Dean is a village and civil parish in the Chichester district of West Sussex.

West Dean St Andrew (West Sussex) is an Ancient Parish in the county of Sussex. Other places in the parish include: Chilgrove and Binderton.

history and images

The church of St Andrew has been designated as a grade II* listed building by English Heritage British listed building

West Dean West Sussex Sussex Online Parish Clerks(OPC)

See also West Dean Wikipedia and See A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 15-23. here


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records

West Dean St Andrew, West Sussex parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[2]
PRTS = The Parish Register Transcription Society - (£)[3]
SOPC = Sussex Online Parish Clerks - free[4]
West Dean St Andrew, West Sussex Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
IGI 1559-1875 1559-1876
PRTS 1561-1901
1554-1604, 1613-1900

Binderton parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

Binderton Parish Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
IGI 1592-1641 1579-1641
PRTS 1579-1642

SOPC Undefined

Link to the FamilySearch Catalogue showing the film numbers in their collection Dean, West

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 464156.

See Sussex Census

Poor Law Unions

Westbourne Poor Law Union, Sussex

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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  1. Samuel A. Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 15-23. Adapted 9 May 2013.
  2. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Sussex, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 31 December 2013.
  3. 'Parish Records - Coverage', The Parish Register Transcription Society, accessed 22 December 2013.
  4. Sussex Online Parish Clerks, accessed 7 January 2014.


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