Icklesham, (East Sussex)

OPC for Icklesham is : Graham Clarke

Email: Graham Clarke.

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The first record of Icklesham was in 772, when it appeared as 'Icoleshamme', in a land charter signed by Offa, the King of Mercia. In early days it dominated the River Brede in the valley to the north, and was probably a prime target to the Normans in 1066 , when they landed.

In 1282 the King's treasurer had been sent to Old Winchelsea to investigate the danger to the town from the sea. His report was to abandon the town and create a new town on the heights of Petit Ihamme, nowadays called Icklesham.

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All Saints Church, Icklesham is Norman and has an attractive three stage tower. The southern aisle retains its original 12th century windows.

The old smock windmill stands on Hogs Hill. She has been restored, and in the last quarter of the 20th century has found a new use as the recording studios of Sir Paul McCartney.

Places of worship:

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

All Saints & St Nicholas

Wesleyan 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:

9 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.

1851 & 1861 look up service offered


Grid reference: 587500, 116500 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 69 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 52 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.


There are 41 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

Postal directories:

The OPC database contains 34 postal directory entries for this parish, (breakdown below).

34 entries from the 1858 Directory and Gazetteer of Sussex.

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

1858 Directory and Gazetteer of Sussex for Icklesham.

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

1851 Post Office Directory for Icklesham


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

There are 5 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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