Penhurst, (East Sussex)

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Penhurst comes from the Saxon 'pen' meaning top, and 'hurst' meaning wood, therefore meaning "The Head of the Woods".

The lovely parish church, dedicated to St Michael the Archangel, is built of Wealden Sandstone and dates from the 14th century.

The comedy actor, Harry H Corbett (well known for his performance in the BBC comedy Steptoe & Son) is buried in the church yard.

The village consists only of the church, an Elizabethan manor house built by William Relph, a local Ironmaster, a few farm buildings and a duck pond, so it is hardly surprising the parish was united with neighbouring Ashburnham in 1810.

Places of worship:

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

St Michael the Archangel

Census returns:

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

People born in this parish but residing elsewhere:

1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1851 census.

16 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.


Grid reference: 569500, 116500 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Militia records etc:

Roll of Honour have a transcription of the war memorials and Ashburnham and Penhurst together with biographical information concerning the individuals listed.

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 28 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 no entries for people mentioned in Gazzetes associated with this parish.


There are 4 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

POWPics (The new Roughwood churches album) contains 11 photographs of churches in this parish. This album will also display any postcards or other images of churches which are in the Sussex OPC database.

Postal directories:

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

1867 Kelly's directory for Penhurst is available on the GENUKI site


There are no books about this parish in the Sussex OPC Bibliography.

There are 3 articles about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.

There is 1 person from this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Society Members Index.


The OPC database contains no wills of people who lived in this parish.

The OPC database contains no wills that mention this parish.

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