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Shipley, Sussex
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred West Grinstead
County Sussex
Poor Law Union Horsham PLU
Registration District Horsham
Records begin
Parish registers: 1609
Bishop's Transcripts: 1591
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Storrington
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

SHIPLEY (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Horsham, hundred of West Grinstead, rape of Bramber, W. division of Sussex, 6 miles (S. S. W.) from Horsham. The church is principally in the Norman style, and was repaired and enlarged in 1831; in the chancel is a monument of variegated marble to Sir Thomas Caryll, his lady, and family.[1]

Shipley is a village and civil parish in the Horsham district of West Sussex Shipley West Sussex Wikipedia

Shipley St Mary the Virgin is an Ancient Parish which includes Coolham Coolham Wikipedia

The history of the church is described at Sussex Parish Churches + Shipley St Mary the Virgin

The Parish Church of St Mary has been designated as a grade I listed building British listed building

Shipley Sussex Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

Other places of worship in Shipley include

Blue Idol, Coolham Society of Friends Sussex Online Parish Clerks (OPC)
Chapel, St Cuthman's Retreat, Coolham
Mission Hall, Coolham
Wesleyan Chapel, Dragon's Green

See also list of places in Horsham Wikipedia


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 Horsham registration district
Certificates can be ordered from West Sussex Centralised Certificates Office
Registration Service
West Sussex Record Office
County Hall
PO19 1RN
Phone: 01243 642122

Church records

Shipley, Sussex Genealogy 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]
Shipley, Sussex Genealogy Parish Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
IGI 1584-1877 1584-1875
PRTS 1584-1901
SOPC Undefined

Link to the FamilySearch Catalogue showing the film numbers in their collection Shipley

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 474673.

Poor Law Unions

Horsham 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. 82-85. Date accessed: 30 September 2013
  2. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Sussex, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 2 January 2014.
  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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