Selsey, Sussex Genealogy

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Parish History

SELSEY (St. Peter), a parish, in the union of West Hampnett, hundred of Manhood, rape of Chichester, W. division of Sussex, 8 miles (S.) from Chichester. The parish is bounded on the east and south by Pagham harbour and the English Channel. The church is a stately edifice, principally in the early English style; in the nave are several coffin-shaped gravestones, with crosses and various other devices, and against the north wall of the chancel is a mural monument of Caen stone, with carved effigies of John and Agatha Lews, of the time of Henry VIII. There is a place of worship for Bryanites.[1]

The history of the church is available at Sussex Parish Churches Selsey St Peter and St Wilfrid Church Norton

The Parish Church of St Peter has been designated as a grade II listed building British listed building

Selsey Sussex Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

Other places of worship include

Selsey Methodist Church dates from 1867 Sussex Online Parish Clerks (OPC) The Methodist Church has been designated a grade II listed building British listed building
Our Lady of Mt Carmel and St Wilfred (Roman Catholic) Sussex Online Parish Clerks (OPC)
St Wilfrid, Church Norton Sussex Online Parish Clerks (OPC) includes International Genealogical Index Batch  The chapel is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. The St Wilfrid Chapel Rectory Lane Selsey has been designated as a grade I listed building British listed Building  St Wilfrid Church Norton Wikipedia list of churches preserved by the Churches Conservation Trust in South East England Wikipedia

See also Selsey 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 Westhmpnett registration district From 1935 this became part of Chichester registration district
Certificates can be ordered from West Sussex
Centralised Certificates Office
Registration Service
West Sussex Record Office
County Hall
PO19 1RN
Phone: 01243 642122

Church records

SELSEY PARISH (year) Online Records


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FREG 1571-1779 None 1571-1783 None 1571-1779 None

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 Selsey

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 464156.

See Sussex Census

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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.

Poor Law Unions

Westhampnett 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. 44-48. Date accessed: 30 September 2013