Eastbourne St Mary, Sussex Genealogy

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Parish History

EASTBOURNE (St. Mary), a post-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Eastbourne, rape of Pevensey, E. division of Sussex There are places of worship for Independents and Wesleyans. [1]

Eastbourne St Mary in Church Street is an Ancient Parish and a market town in East Sussex.
Other places in the parish include: Sea Houses and Meads.

The Ancient parish should not be confused with Eastbourne St Mary Hampden Park or Eastbourne St Mary Wiilingdon.

The church of Saint mary in Church Street old Town has been designated a grade B listed building British listed building

history and images

Eastbourne Sussex Online Parish Clerks(OPC)

For gazetteer entry See A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 124-127. here

Gautrey,Arthur J.  Free Breakfast for All.  A discussion of an ancient custom giving breakfast to parishioners and servants three Sundays during harvest, given by the Parson.  Later it was discontinued and a petition signed for using the funds for a School Master and later still for the poor.  Surnames of the petitioners are:  Parker, Burton, Gildredge, Jorden, Russell, Holland, Renn, Elficke, Payne, Reed, Herriott, Tutt, Thatcher, Bartholomew, Cruden, Reeds, Taylor, Scarlett, Gilbert, Sinnock and Browne.  Jurors who were members of the Jury when the petition came to trial are:  Wade, Earle, Marden, Tutt, Pelling, Weller, Walker, Day, Smith, Ellyate, Stanbridge, Payne, Elliott, Sands, Holland, Wood, Hunt, Price, Marwick, Maynard, Dendy, Napper, Francis and Harraden.  This article to be found in Sussex Family Historian, vol. 1, no.3, Dec. 1973, pages 60-62, Family History Library Ref. 942.52


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.

For civil registration history see Eastbourne registration district
Certificates may be obtained from
East Sussex The Register Office Town Hall Grove Road
Eastbourne BN21 4UG Phone 01323 464780 Fax01323 431386 email eastbourne.registrar@eastsussex.gov.uk

Church records

IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[2]
SOPC = Sussex Online Parish Clerks - free[3]
Eastbourne St Mary, Sussex Genealogy Parish Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
IGI 1558-1744 1558-1744
SOPC Undisclosed

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records.

Link to the Family History Library Catalogue showing the film numbers in their collection Eastbourne

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.

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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.[3]

Poor Law Unions

Eastbourne 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.

Gantrey, Arthur J. Anne of Cleves' Eastbourne Tithes.  After the death of Anne of Cleves, the provisions made for her were given to John Wells and Hercules Witham.  James Gildredge bought it from them.  A lawsuit was brought forth over it.  Surnames mentioned are:  Gilbert, Beard, Alchorne, Bancroft, Foster, Eversfield, Jenkin, Spiller, Whitpaine, Collier, Diggons, Strickland, Older, Fairway, Mortimer, Fricker, Tutt, Scarlett, Crundon, Benister, Tourle, Worge, Webb, Elphick, Friend, Wilson, Selwyn, Philpott, King, Hollands, Herriott, Goffe, Sennock, Tompsette, Miller, Dyer, Frost, Fennells, Holland, Renn, Crundon, Sparrow, Browne, Burton, Thorney and James.  Article covers years 1540-1740 and is to be found in Sussex Family Historian vol. 1 #5, June 1974, pages 112-114, Family History Library Ref. 942.52 B2su

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848), pp. 124-127. Date accessed: 07 October 2013.
  2. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Sussex, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 31 December 2013.
  3. Sussex Online Parish Clerks, accessed 7 January 2014.