Wivelsfield, Sussex Genealogy

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Parish History

WIVELSFIELD (St. John the Baptist), a parish, in the union of Chailey, partly in the hundred of Street, rape of Lewes, and partly in that of BurleyArches, rape of Pevensey, East division of Sussex, four miles South East from Cuckfield. There is a place of worship for Independents.[1]

Wivelsfield and adjacent Wivelsfield Green are part of the civil parish of Wivelsfield in the Lewes District of East Sussex Wivelsfield Wikipedia

Wivelsfield is an Ecclesiastical Parish created by 1773 from a chapelry in Ditchling, Sussex Ancient Parish

The history of the church is available at Sussex Parish Churches Wivelsfield St Peter and St John the Baptist

The parish church of St Peter and St John the Baptist has been designated as a grade II* listed building British listed building

Wivelsfield Sussex Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

Other places of worship include

Bethel Chapel (Baptist) Sussex Online Parish Clerks (OPC)
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints dates from 2002
Ote Hall Chapel Countess of Huntingdon Sussex Online Parish Clerks (OPC)
St George's Retreat (Chapel)

See also list of places of worship in Lewes district


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 Lewes Registration District
Certificates may be obtained from
East Sussex
The Register Office
Town Hall
Grove Road
BN21 4UG
Phone: 01323 464780
Fax: 01323 431386

Church records

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

BIVRI = British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)[2]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[3]
SOPC = Sussex Online Parish Clerks - free[4]
Wivelsfield, Sussex Genealogy Parish Online Records


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BIVRI 1559-1881

IGI 1863-1880
SOPC Undefined

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

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 464161.


Poor Law Unions

Chailey 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.

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  1. Samuel A. Lewis,A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848). Adapted 23 May 2013
  2. 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records', Genoot, accessed 30 December 2013.
  3. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Sussex, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 2 January 2014.
  4. Sussex Online Parish Clerks, accessed 7 January 2014.