Hurstpierpoint, Sussex Genealogy

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Parish History

HURST-PIERREPOINT (St. Lawrence), a parish, in the union of Cuckfield, hundred of Buttinghill, rape of Lewes, E. division of Sussex, 9 miles (N.) from Brighton; The Independents and Wesleyans have each a place of worship.[1]

Hurstpierpoint Holy Trinity is an Ancient Parish in West Sussex. Other places in the parish include: Sayers Common.  The civil parish of Hurstpierpoint with Sayers Common is in the Mid Sussex district of West Sussex.

Hustpierpoint St George was formed as a chapelry in this parish. The history of both churches is found at Hurstpierpoint Holy Trinity and St George

The parish church of Holy Trinity has been designated as a grade II* listed building British listed building

The church of St George has been designated as a grade II listed building British listed building

Hurstpierpoint Sussex Online Parish Clerks(OPC) includes other places of Worship

The parish of Christ Church Sayers Common was formed from this parish see Sayers Common Sussex Online Parish Clerks (OPC) and Christ Church Sayers Common

See also:  Hurstpierpoint Wikipedia and list of places of Worship in Mid Sussex Wikipedia

A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 591-594. 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.

This parish was part of Cuckfield registration district from September 1837. see further details To apply for certificates please contact
West Sussex
Centralised Certificates Office
Registration Service
West Sussex Record Office
County Hall
PO19 1RN
01243 642122

Church records

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

BOYD = Boyd's Marriage Index (FindMyPast) - (£)[2]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[3]
PRTS = The Parish Register Transcription Society - (£)[4]
Hurstpierpoint, Sussex Genealogy Parish Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images

IGI 1558-1877 1559-1876
PRTS 1558-1901

West Sussex Record Office has deposited parish Registers Bap 1558-1978 Marr 1559-1969 Bur 1558-1972 Bishop's Transcripts 1607-1894

Contact West Sussex Record Office 3 Orchard Street Chichester West Sussex
PO19 1DD
Phone: 01243 753602
Fax: 01243 533959

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

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 464160.

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.

[1] to locate local Family History Centres in UK

[2] 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.[3]

Poor Law Unions

Cuckfield 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.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites 


  1. Lewis, Samuel A.,A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 591-594. Date accessed: 30 September 2013
  2. Percival Boyd, A List of Parishes in Boyd's Marriage Index (London: Society of Genealogists, 1987). Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online.
  3. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Sussex, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 3 January 2014.
  4. 'Parish Records - Coverage', The Parish Register Transcription Society, accessed 15 December 2013.