Beckley, (East Sussex)

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Although now a quiet village, Beckley was once a centre of the Wealden iron industry; Beckley Furnace was the site of an iron furnace powered by a watermill which was built in 1578. All Saints church is situated at the far west of the village.

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Beckley was mentioned in the will of King Alfred the Great and the church contains evidence of Saxon workmanship, for example the herringbone stonework on the tower.

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Sadly the former Wesleyan Church in Beckley is no longer used for worship since the local Methodist congregations combined and now meet in Brede.

Places of worship:

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

All Saints

Full Gospel Mission

Methodist Church

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.

18 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.


Grid reference: 585026, 123753 ~ 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 memorial together with biographical information concerning the individuals listed.

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 126 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 48 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.


There are 34 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

POWPics (The new Roughwood churches album) contains 5 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 52 postal directory entries for this parish, (breakdown below).

52 entries from the 1859 Kelly's Directory.

The OPC database contains the following directory sections which cover this parish.

1859 Kelly's Directory for Beckley.


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

There are no 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 no wills of people who lived in this parish.

The OPC database contains no wills that mention this parish.

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