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Parish History

Brighton St Nicholas is the Ancient parish for the market town and later seaside resort of Brighton in Sussex.

Church history Brighton St Nicholas (old)

and Brighton St Nicholas Saltdean

See also:

An introduction to Brighton's church history Brighton churches and Brighton and Hove Wikipedia

For researchers, here is an important 19th century jurisdictional perspective:

BRIGHTON (St Nicholas), a sea-port, borough, market-town, and parish, in the hundred of Whalesbone, rape of Lewes, E. division of Sussex, 30 miles (E.) from Chichester, and 52 (S.) from London. This place, in the Saxon Brighthelmstun, in Domesday book Bristlemeston, and now, by contraction, generally Brighton, is supposed to have taken its name from the Saxon bishop, Brighthelme, who resided in the vicinity.

The town is pleasantly situated on elevated ground rising gently on the east and west from a level called the Steyne, supposed to have been the line of the ancient Stayne-street, or Roman road from Arundel to Dorking. Brighton extends to Kemp Town, in the extreme east, with a square, in the extreme west, towards Hove.

The Pavilion, begun in 1784, and completed in 1827, by George IV., is connected with the palace on the west.[1]

St Nicholas (1538) parish with West Blatchington consolidated had several chapels of ease (each with registers of baptisms and burials, and some marriages) according the noted topographer, Samuel Lewis (and other 19th century sources) which subdivided its ancient parish boundary. These included:

There are places of worship for Baptists, Independents, the Society of Friends, the Connexion of the Countess of Huntingdon, Huntingtonians, Scottish Seceders, Wesleyans, and others; also Bethel chapel, belonging to the Mariners' Friend Society; a Roman Catholic chapel, and a synagogue.[2]

Sussex Online Parish Clerks (OPC)and Saltdean Sussex Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

Resources

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 464165.

FamilySearch Centres offer free access to images of the England and Wales Census through FHC Portal: Computers here have access to the Family History Centre Portal page which gives free access to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.

[2] to locate local Family History Centres in UK

[3] to locate outside UK. Many archives and local history collections in public libraries in England and Wales offer online census searches and also hold microfilm or fiche census returns.

The 1851 census of England and Wales attempted to identify religious places of worship in addition to the household survey census returns.

Prior to the 1911 census the household schedule was destroyed and only the enumerator's schedule survives.

The 1911 census of England and Wales was taken on the night of Sunday 2 April 1911 and in addition to households and institutions such as prisons and workhouses, canal boats merchant ships and naval vessels it attempted to include homeless persons. The schedule was completed by an individual and for the first time both this record and the enumerator's schedule were preserved. Two forms of boycott of the census by women are possible due to frustration at government failure to grant women the universal right to vote in parliamentary and local elections. The schedule either records a protest by failure to complete the form in respect of the women in the household or women are absent due to organisation of groups of women staying away from home for the whole night. Research estimates that several thousand women are not found by census search.[4]


Church Records

Online data content from the parish registers of St Nicholas Brighton exists at one or some of the following websites and for the specified ranges of years:

AO = Archive.org
FS = FamilySearch.org
FMP = FindMyPast.co.uk (£)
TGEN = TheGenealogist
BRIGHTON ST NICHOLAS PARISH (1559) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 1560-1660; 1701-1882

1559-1881

1731-1749;1849

JMI None

None

None

TGEN (£) 1559-1701  
1559-1701

1587-1689

FMP
None
None

None

BRIGHTON ALL SAINTS Chapelry (1846) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 152

15591



JMI None

None

None

FMP
None
None

None

BRIGHTON ALL SOULS Chapelry (1831) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 11882

11

1849

JMI None

None

None

FMP
None
None

None

  CHAPEL ROYAL in PRINCE'S PALACE (1793) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 15682

181

1
JMI None

None

None

FMP
None
None

None

PAVILLION ROYAL CHAPEL (1823) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 152

15591



JMI None

None

None

FMP
None
None

None

BRIGHTON CHRIST CHURCH Chapelry (1838) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 11882

11

1849

JMI None

None

None

FMP
None
None

None

BRIGHTON HOLY TRINITY Chapelry (1848) Online Records 

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 15682

181

1
JMI None

None

None

FMP
None
None

None

BRIGHTON ST ANDREWS WATERLOO ST Chapelry (1831) Online Records- also see Hove

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 152

15591



JMI None

None

None

FMP
None
None

None

BRIGHTON ST BARTHOLOMEW Chapelry (1874) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 11882

11

1849

JMI None

None

None

FMP
None
None

None

BRIGHTON ST GEORGE KEMP TOWN Chapelry (1848) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 152

15591



JMI None

None

None

BRIGHTON ST JAMES Chapelry (1848) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 11882

11

1849

JMI None

None

None

FMP
None
None

None

BRIGHTON ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST Chapelry (1840) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 15682

181

1
JMI None

None

None

FMP
None
None

None

FMP
None
None

None

BRIGHTON ST MARGARET Chapelry (1827) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 11882

11

1849

JMI None

None

None

FMP
None
None

None

BRIGHTON ST MARY, Chapelry (1827) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 15682

181

1
JMI None

None

None

FMP
None
None

None

BRIGHTON ST PAUL'S KEMP TOWN Chapelry (1848) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS None

None

None

JMI None

None

None

BRIGHTON ST PETERS Chapelry (1827) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 152

15591



JMI None

None

None

FMP
None
None

None

BRIGHTON ST PETER PRESTON VILLAGE Chapelry (1793) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 11882

11

1849

JMI None

None

None

FMP
None
None

None

BRIGHTON ST STEPHEN Chapelry (1857) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 15682

181

1
JMI None

None

None

FMP
None
None

None

THE COUNTY HOSPITAL CHAPEL (18..) Online Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS 15682

181

1
JMI None

None

None

FMP
None
None

None

To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

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.

From 1837 this parish was in the Brighton registration distict
Certificates can be ordered from
Brighton & Hove The Register Office
Brighton Town Hall
Bartholomew Square
Brighton
BN1 1JA

Phone01273 292016

Fax 01273 292019

Email:register.office@brighton hove.gov.uk


Poor Law Unions

Brighton 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.

Taxation

Brighton Residents - the 1662 Hearth Tax.  A list of householders along with the number of hearths in their houses.  More detail is available in the original record.  Article to be found in Sussex Family Historian, vol.7, Sept. 1974 pages 213-216, Family History Library Ref. 942.25 B2su

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Web sites

References

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848). Accessed: 26 Mar 2013.
  2. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 369-375. Adapted. Accessed: 28 Jan 2013

 

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