Peter Brown Family History

Parish Records Summary

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To quote from John Richardson's Local Historian's Encyclopedia:
"A Mandate, formulated by Thomas Cromwell in 1538, instructed each parish in England and Wales to purchase a 'sure coffer' (the parish chest), the parson to have one key and a churchwarden another. Each marriage, christening and burial was to be registered weekly by the minister with the churchwarden acting as witness; these records were then to be deposited in the chest. Quite often these early registers were simply loose sheets and the survival rate is not high.
"Order 1598. An Order signed by Elizabeth I this year required that all the loose leaf registers be transcribed into parchment books, especially those records since her accession - a qualification which has led to the fact that the extant records of many parishes date from 1558...".
Also in 1598 it was required that once a year the priest sent a copy of all the BMDs to his diocesan Bishop (or in some cases, his Archdeacon) - BTs.

The following table shows the Parish Record Transcripts that have been seen. If only the Sussex family history site has been seen (and not a transcript) then this is shown with SxF. Most Parish Transcripts have extensive gaps around the civil war period (c1640-c1660). Others do have short gaps at other times. The marriage dates are based on transcripts seen and the Surrey/Sussex marriage Index CD's. If only the CD has been used this is shown.

In the Family Group Information, the place of birth, death or marriage is just shown using the parish name. This should be read as the appropriate church name (shown below) within that parish. The person could live anywhere in that parish and the location stated should not be taken as the actual village/town as some parishes were quite large. (see parish map) eg Tandridge parish stretches from Sussex border to north of Oxted and Tandridge (the actual town/village) itself was in the very north of the parish.

Parish

Baptism -
dates for transcripts

Marriages -
dates for transcripts
Burials -
dates for transcripts
Church Name
Notes
Abinger - Sy          
Ardingly
1558-1812
1558-1812
1558-1812
St Peter
 
Ashurst - Knt
1750-1790
 
Balcombe
1708-1812
1540-1837 cd
St Mary
 
Barcombe
1580-1900 SxF
St Mary
 
Bletchingly - Sy
1754-1784
1538-1694 cd
.
St Mary
 
1705-1837 cd
Brasted - Knt
 
Bolney
1541-1812
1541-1812
1541-1812
St Mary Magdalene
 
Burstow - Sy
1547-1839
1547-1839 cd
1561-1815
 
Burwash
1558-1900 SxF
St Batholomew
 
Buxted
1565-1724
1565-1724
1565-1724
St Margaret
Difficult to read up to 1724
1725-1806
1725-1806
1725-1806
1806-1813 
Caterham - Sy
1543-1850
1543-1837 cd
1543-1850
No transcripts-Microfilm difficult to read
1774-1780
Chailey
1538-1842
1538-1847
1538-1822
St Peter
 
Charlwood - Sy
1596-1634
1596-1634
1596-1634
 
1663-1786
1663-1837
1663-1837
Chiddingstone- Knt
 
Cowden- Knt
1566-1790
 
Cowfold
1558-1812
St Peter
 
Crawley
1611-1800
1611-1839
1611-1839
St John the Baptist

Gap 1640-1664.
Very limited entries 1664-1682

1800-1839
Crowhurst
1567-1810
1573-1837 cd
1567-1810
 
Cuckfield
1598-1699
1598-1699
1598-1699
Holy Trinity
 
1700-1800
1700-1800
1700-1800
1800-1837
Ditchling
1557-1840
1557-1840
1557-1840
St Margaret
 
East Grinstead
1559-1662
1560-1661
1575-1640
1654-1662
St Swithins
 
1662-1793 
1662-1793
1662-1812
1794-1812
Edenbridge - Knt
1547-1850
1547-1850
1547-1850
gap for all 1603-1640
Fletching
1544-1556
1556-1812
1556-1678
St Andrew & St Mary the Virgin
 
1556-1796 
1796-1799
Framfield
1538-1840
St Thomas a Becket of Canterbury
 
Frant
1545-1812
1544-1812
1544-1812
St Alban
 
Godstone - Sy
1683-1800
1662-1837 cd.
1662-1840
Transcripts for deaths & later births only
1813-1840
Earlier births Microfilm difficult to read
Groombridge - Knt
 
Hartfield
1594-1595
1604-1812
1594-1812
1594-1812
St Mary
 
Heathfield
1580-1600
1581-1812
1754-1812
All Saints
 
1600-1679
1704-1812
Hellingly
1607-1881 SxF
St Peter & St Paul
 
Hever - Knt
1632-1840
1632-1840
1632-1840
 
Horley - Sy
1584-1800
1578-1837
1584-1834
 
Horne - Sy
1614-1800
1642-1837 cd
1614-1800
St Mary
 
Horsham
1541-1812
St Mary
 
Horsted Keynes
1638-1798
1638-1784
1638-1900
St Giles
 
1798-1812
Hurstmonceaux
1538-1856 SxF
All Saints
 
Ifield
1568-1653
1568-1653
1568-1653
St Margaret
 
1653-1800
1653-1800
1653-1800
Limpsfield - Sy
1539-1841
1540-1837
1540-1843
 
Lindfield
1558-1580 
1580-1799
1566-1812
All Saints
Gaps: Birth 3/1644-5/1648, Burial 3/1642-2/1645
1580-1793 
1793-1812
Lingfield - Sy
1559-1816
1561-1837
1559-1844
 
Maresfield
1538-1645
1538-1646
1538-1647
St Batholomew
 
1653-1683
1654-1754
1655-1685
1720-1805
1757-1800
1763-1812
Mayfield
1666-1696
1570-1800
1665-1681
St Dunstan
 
1693-1741
1759-1800
1764-1812
Newick
1544-1800
1649-1675
1657-1684
St Mary
 
1800-1812
Nutfield - Sy
1557-1703
1557-1727 cd
1557-1703
 
1704-1787
1748-1837 cd
1781-1804
Nuthurst
1559-1830
St Andrew
 
Ockley - Sy          
Oxted - Sy
1727-1840
1655-1682 cd
.
No transcripts- Microfilm difficult to read
1703-1837 cd
Penshurst – Knt
 
Rotherfield
1539-1555
1539-1802
1539-1555
St Denys
 
1562-1602
1562-1602
1619-1665
1619-1665
1673-1812
1673-1812
Rothwell - Yrks

1538-1689
1690-1763
1763-1812

       
Rudgwick          
Rusper
1560-1800
1560-1809.
.
St Mary Magdelene
 
1800-1812
Salehurst
1575-1881 SxF
St Mary the Virgin
 
Slaugham
1575-1750
1606-1837 cd.
.
St Mary
 
Snaith - Yrks
1559-1657
       
Speldhurst - Knt
1750-1790
.
.
 
Tandridge - Sy
1728-1764
1700-1837 cd
1728-1764
 
Tatsfield - Sy
1690-1812
1679-1837
1690-1812
lot of gaps to 1756
Ticehurst
1559-1837
St Mary
 
Titsey - Sy
1579-1812
1579-1837
1579-1812
 
Twineham
1606-1838
St Peter
 
Uckfield
1530-1848
1530-1848
1530-1848
Holy Cross
 
Wadhurst
1653-1692 
St Peter & St Paul
 
1741-1812
Waldron
1564-1680 
All Saints & St Batholomew
 
1700-1812
Warnham
1558-1901 SxF
St Margaret
 
West Hoathly
1606-1798
1606-1805
1606-1900
St Margaret
Gap for all from 1641-6/1645.
Birth missing 1607 & 1609;
Burials missing1607, 1608, 1619 & 1621;
Marriages missing 1607, 1608, 1609 & 1619.
Westerham - Knt
 
Westmeston
1587-1837
1587-1837
1587-1837
St Martin
 
Withyham
1606-1664
1606-1664
St Michael & All Angels
1664-1760-unreadable
1672-1760 
1700-1729
1760-1805 
1789-1812
1760-1812
1805-1812
Wivelsfield
1558-1812
1558-1812
1558-1812
St John the Baptist
 
Woldingham -Sy
1765-1812
1765-1837
1765-1812
 
Woodkirk - Yrks          
Worth
1558-1802 
1560-1780
1560-1801
St Nicholas
 
1802-1840

Key to Counties of Parish: Sy is Surrey, Knt is Kent, Yrks is Yorkshire; all others are Sussex