Rye, Sussex Genealogy

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Rye St Mary the Virgin

Parish History

Rye St Mary the Virgin is an Ancient parish and market town.

A history of the Parish church is available from Sussex Parish churches Rye St Mary

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

The church, begun in the 12th century, has a famous 16th century clock with an 18-foot pendulum. Instead of striking the hour, a pair of gilded cherubs strike the quarters. Inside the church are stained glass windows from the firm of William Morris.

Rye St mary the Vrigin Clock Face

Rye Harbour Holy Spirit was a chapelry within this parish created in 1850 Rye Harbour

See also Rye East Sussex Wikipedia

A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 719-725.  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.

Church records

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

Census records

See Sussex Census

Poor Law Unions

Rye 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

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