Staplefield Common, Sussex Genealogy

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Parish History

STAPLEFIELD-COMMON, a chapelry in Cuckfield parish, Sussex; 4¼ miles NW of Haywards-Heath railway station. It was constituted in 1848; and it has a post-office under Crawley. The church was built in 1847. There are an Independent chapel and a national school.[1]

Staplefield St Mark is an Ecclesiastical parish formed in 1848 from Cuckfield, Sussex Ancient Parish.

Church history Staplefiedl St Mark

St Mark's Church Staplefield has been designated a grade II listed building British listed building

Staplefield Sussex Online Parish Clerks(OPC)

Other places of worship include

Our Lady of Fatima (Roman Catholic) Sussex Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

list of places of worship in Mid Sussex Wikipedia

See also the civil parish of Ansty and Staplefield Staplefield 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.

This parish was part of Cuckfield registration district from September 1837. see further details To apply for certificates please contact
West Sussex
Centralised Certificates Office
Registration Service
West Sussex Record Office
County Hall
PO19 1RN
01243 642122

Church records

Staplefield Common, Sussex Genealogy parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

PRTS = The Parish Register Transcription Society - (£)[2]
Staplefield Common, Sussex Genealogy Parish Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
PRTS 1847-1902

Staplefield St Mark

West Sussex Record Office has deposited parish Registers Bap 1847-1958 Marr 1849-1988 Bur 1847-1956 Bishop's Transcripts 1852-1893

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 Cataloguw showing the film numbers in their collection Staplefield Common

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.

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.

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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

Cuckfield 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. Wilson, John M. Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales published in 1870-72. Date Accessed: 4 October 2013
  2. 'Parish Records - Coverage', The Parish Register Transcription Society, accessed 22 December 2013.