Ovingdean, Sussex Genealogy

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Parish History

OVINGDEAN, a parish, in the union of Newhaven, hundred of Younsmere, rape of Lewes, East division of Sussex, three miles East by South from Brighton.[1]

Ovingdean is a former agricultural village which became absorbed into the growing borough of Brighton, East Sussex in 1928 and is now part of the city of Brighton and Hove. Ovingdean Wikipedia

Ovingdean St Wulfran is an Ancient Parish neigbouring Brighton St Nicholas, Sussex and Rottingdean, Sussex

The church of St Wulfran has been designated as a grade I listed building British listed building

Sussex Parish Churches history of the church Ovingdean St Wulfram

Sussex Online Parish Clerks (OPC)Ovingdean St Wulfram

The parish of Whitehawk was formed from this parish Whitehawk Sussex Online Parish Clerks (OPC) Other places of worship in Whitehawk include St Cuthman (Anglican)St Cuthman Sussex Online Parish Clerks (OPC) St David's Mission Hall St Louis, King of France (Roman Catholic)St Louis Sussex Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

Whitehawk is a suburb east of Brighton in the city of city of Brighton and Hove Whitehawk Wikipedia

See also list of places of worship in Brighton and Hove 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 Lewes Registration District
Certificates may be obtained from
East Sussex
The Register Office
Town Hall
Grove Road
BN21 4UG
Phone: 01323 464780
Fax: 01323 431386

Church records

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 Ovingdean

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 464161.

See also Sussex Online Parish Clerks (OPC)]Ovingdean for census entries in the online database.

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. 

Poor Law Unions

Newhaven 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

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical dictionary of England (1848). Adapted 23 May 2013.