King Offa of Mercia gave land on which Bexhill stands to the Bishop of Selsey in 772 AD for the purposes of building a church. St Peter's still exhibits Saxon remnants, including an 8th century coffin slab. However the devastation following the Norman invasions resulted in the church being largely rebuilt. In more recent times the town is known for the Pavilion named after Earl de la Warr, an old Sussex family and landowner. The acclaimed building is situated right on the sea front which extends for two miles.
Modern parishes were formed in the 19th century, All Saints (Sidley), St Barnabas, St Mark and St Stephen. In the cemetery of St Barnabas Church is a monument in memory of Sir Gordon Guggisberg, Governor of Gold Coast and Ashanti, who died here in 1930.
Church details, together with baptism, marriage, monumental inscription & burial records can be accessed by clicking on the church name.
The OPC Database has no census returns for people residing in this parish yet.
7 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1841 census.
82 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1851 census.
90 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.
45 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1871 census.
62 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1881 census.
63 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.
56 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1901 census.
War Memorial on the Roll of Honour site has pictures and information about the people listed
Roll of Honour have a transcription of the war memorial at St Mary Magdalene (RC) church together with biographical information concerning the individuals listed.
All About Sussex has a nice page about Bexhill
The OPC database contains 236 poll register entries for people entitled to vote in this parish.
There are no protestation returns for this parish in the OPC database.
The OPC database contains 202 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.
There are 366 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.
The OPC database contains 142 postal directory entries for this parish, (breakdown below).
142 entries from the 1878 Kelly's Directory.
The OPC database contains the following directory sections which cover this parish.
1878 Kelly's Directory for Bexhill.
1867 Kelly's Directory for Bexhill is on the GENUKI site
1840 Pigot Directory for Bexhill
There are 6 books about this parish in the Sussex OPC Bibliography.
There are 7 articles about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.
There are 5 people from this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Society Members Index.
The OPC database contains 2 wills of people who lived in this parish.
The OPC database contains 1 will which mention this parish.
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