Patcham, Sussex Genealogy

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Parish History

PATCHAM (All Saints), a parish, in the union of Steyning, hundred of Dean, rape of Lewes, E. division of Sussex, 3¼ miles (N. by W.) from Brighton. The village is on the road from London to Brighton, and the London and Brighton railway runs through the parish. The church is partly in the early and partly in the decorated English style. Within the parish is Hollingsbury encampment, near which a celt and some other antiquities were found in 1827.[1]

Patcham All Saints is an Ancient Parish in the city of Brighton and Hove East Sussex which included Withdean and Moulsecoomb.The modern parish includes Withdean, Westdene, Patcham, Hollingbury, part of Preston and many new churches within the city have affected boundary changes to the Ancient Parish.

The church has been designated as a grade II listed building British listed building.

Sussex Parish Churches have a history of the church Patcham All Saints

Moulsecoomb was created from this parish Sussex Online Parish Clerks (OPC) Moulsecoomb and includes the following places of worship

Former LDS Meeting House, Coldean built 1963 closed 1993 now in residential use
Holy Nativity, Bevendean Holy Nativity Bevendean Sussex Online Parish Clerks (OPC)
St Andrew St Andrew Moulsecoomb Sussex Online Parish Clerks (OPC)
St Mary Magdalene, Coldean St Mary Magdalene Coldean Sussex Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

See also Patcham Wikipedia and All Saints Church Patcham Wikipedia 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 the Steyning registration district until the 1935 reorganisation of registration services
Certificates can be ordered from
Brighton & Hove The Register Office
Brighton Town Hall
Bartholomew Square
BN1 1JA 01273 292016 01273 292019

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 Patcham

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

Steyning 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. 537-540. Date accessed: 27 September 2013