South Bersted, Sussex Genealogy

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Parish History

BERSTED, SOUTH (St. Mary Magdalene), a parish, in the hundred of Aldwick, rape of Chichester, W. division of Sussex, 6 miles (S. E.) from Chichester. The church, erected in 1400, is a plain edifice, with a tower surmounted by a low spire of shingles; in the churchyard is the tomb of Sir Richard Hotham, Knt., founder of the town of Bognor. A chapel dedicated to St. John was erected at Bognor, and consecrated in 1822.[1]

Church history South Bersted St Mary Magdalene

The Church of St Mary Magdalen Bersted Street Bognor Regis has been designated asa grade B listed building British listed building

South Bersted Sussex Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

From this parish was formed North Bersted Sussex Online Parish Clerks (OPC) Holy Cross North Bersted

See also:

Bersted Wikipedia  List of places of worship in Arun and A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 214-223. 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.

From 1837 this parish was in the 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

West Sussex Record Office has deposited parish Registers Bap 1564-1976 Marr 1564-1989 Bur 1564-1956

Bishop's Transcripts 1610-1912

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 Bersted

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 474674.

Poor Law Unions

Sutton (East Preston) 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), pp. 214-223. Date accessed: 30 September 2013