The oldest part of All Saints Church is the 12th century tower, which is perhaps the only Sussex tower which forms part of the west end of the nave. The nave, chancel and aisles are from the 13th & 14th centuries, while the north (Dacre) chapel is 15th century. It is constructed of red Flemish bricks and was added by the builders of Herstmonceux Castle.
On 3rd July 1944 an enemy bomb demolished three and damaged ten of the windows, the roof and the shingles of the spire.
As well as Herstmonceux Village, previously called Gardner Street, the parish includes Cowbeech village (in the north west of the parish) and the hamlets of Foul Mile, Trolliloes, Cowbeech Hill, Stunts Green, Ginger's Green, Flowers Green and part of Windmill Hill.
The Royal Greenwich Observatory was formerly in the parish, which is now the Observatory Science Centre. Herstmonceux Castle is a Tudor, brick built, edifice - one of the oldest significant brick built structures still standing in England. The design is concentrated on grandeur rather than defence. The castle was dismantled in 1777 leaving just the exterior walls, but was fully restored in 1913 by Sir Paul Latham.
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.
2 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1841 census.
23 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1851 census.
31 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.
13 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1871 census.
12 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1881 census.
28 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.
20 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1901 census.
War memorial transcriptions are available on the Hersmonceux Village site
Roll of Honour have information about the people listed on the war memorials
Great War Churches have images of the war memorials and other war related graves
Herstmonceux Village is a community site with lots of information about the village
Herstmonceux Parish Council have a website
The OPC database contains 150 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 51 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.
Herstmonceux Castle - a photographic tour
There are 65 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.
The OPC database contains 87 postal directory entries for this parish, (breakdown below).
1 entry from the 1832 Pigot's Directory of Sussex.
86 entries from the 1878 Kelly's Directory.
The OPC database contains the following directory sections which cover this parish.
1878 Kelly's Directory for Hurstmonceux and Gardner Street.
1851 Post Office Directory for Hurstmonceux and Gardner Street
1899 Kelly's Directory for Herstmonceux
There is 1 book about this parish in the Sussex OPC Bibliography.
There are 7 articles about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.
There are 10 people from this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Society Members Index.
The OPC database contains 3 wills of people who lived in this parish.
The OPC database contains 2 wills which mention this parish.
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