Horsted Keynes, (West Sussex)

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Although the ancient parish was in East Sussex, Horsted Keynes is in West Sussex today.

The Normans built a cruciform church on the site of the Saxon building, with a central tower with transepts to the north and south, a nave to the west and a chancel or apse to the east. Rounded Norman arches support the tower and remains of Norman windows are visible in the south wall of the nave.

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The railway station is probably busier now than it ever was! As the nerve centre for the Bluebell railway it is now a major draw for tourists and railway enthusiasts alike. The Bluebell railway plan to reconnect the line to East Grinstead in the future.

Places of worship:

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

Former Congregational church

Mission Hall

St Giles

St Stephen

Strict Baptist Chapel

Census returns:

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

People born in this parish but residing elsewhere:

10 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1851 census.

34 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.

9 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1871 census.

2 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.

2 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1901 census.

The Weald site has transcriptions of the 1841, 1851 & 1881 census returns


Grid reference: 538345, 128215 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Militia records etc:

Roll of Honour have information about the war memorial

Other links relating to this parish:

Horsted Keynes has an excellent community website with lots of pictures and interesting information

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 114 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 20 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.


There are 59 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

Roughwood Photo Album has images of Horsted Keynes railway station, now operated by the Bluebell Railway

Postal directories:

The OPC database contains 36 postal directory entries for this parish, (breakdown below).

36 entries from the 1874 Kelly's Directory.

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

1874 Kelly's Directory for Horsted Keynes.

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

1840 Pigot Directory for Horsted Keynes

1851 Post Office Directory for Horsted Keynes


There is 1 book about this parish in the Sussex OPC Bibliography.

There are 10 articles about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.

There are 2 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 6 wills which mention this parish.

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