Friston, (East Sussex)

OPC for Friston is : Christine Ellis

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Friston lies on top of the Downs on the Seaford to Eastbourne main tourist route.

The church, situated on top of the hill, is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin.

The churchyard contains an unusual Tapsell Gate , produced by a carpenter from Mountfield in the mid 1700's. It rotates on a post.

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The 1300's brought the constant threat of French Raids, which destroyed the crops and killed the locals.

Three members of the Selwyn family supported Jack Cade in the uprising of 1450.

The old house of Crowlink was known in the 1800's for its cellars containing smuggled gin, this beverage was known to have been of high quality and hence 'Genuine Crowlink Gin' became an expensive commodity. The goods were landed a nearby cove which has now been eroded away by the sea.

About 1/2 mile away towards Jevington is the old Water Tower, which can be seen for miles around.

Places of worship:

Church details, together with baptism, marriage, monumental inscription & burial records can be accessed by clicking on the church name.

St Mary the Virgin

Census returns:

The OPC Database has no census returns for people residing in this parish yet.

People born in this parish but residing elsewhere:

2 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1851 census.

2 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.

1831, 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901 - look up service offered


Grid reference: 555500, 98500 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Militia records etc:

Roll of Honour from a framed list hanging in the church

Other links relating to this parish:

East Dean and Friston Community Website

Extracts from East Dean parish registers refer to Friston pond and to burials of drowned sailors in Friston churchyard

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 4 poll register entries for people entitled to vote in this parish.

1641 Protestation Returns:

There are no protestation returns for this parish in the OPC database.


The OPC database contains 5 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.


There are 23 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

Roughwood Postcard Album has images of Friston windmill

Postal directories:

The OPC database contains no postal directory entries for this parish.

1867 Kelly's Directory for Friston is available on the GENUKI site


There are 3 books about this parish in the Sussex OPC Bibliography.

There are 5 articles about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.

There are no 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 no wills that mention this parish.

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