Ninfield, (East Sussex)

OPC for Ninfield is : John Cheshire

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Ninfield village is spread along the main road running into Bexhill from the west. There is speculation that the name arose due to the fact that the village originally covered nine and three quarter fields, however the parish covers some 2500 acres. It has also been suggested that the name comes from the Anglo Saxon, Nimen feld, literally the seized field. The damage caused to the village by the army of William the Conqueror is mentioned in the Domesday survey.

To the west of the village lies Standard Hill, where William the Conqueror is supposed to have placed his flag after the Battle of Hastings. The history was long involved with the iron industry, an association commemorated by a set of iron stocks.

The famous bird illustrator Basil Ede, the actress Charity Wakefield and the architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott all lived in the village.

Places of worship:

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

Methodist Church

Nazerene Chapel

Salvation Army Hall

St Mary the Virgin

Wesleyan Chapel, Russell's Green

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 1841 census.

2 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1851 census.

21 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.

1841, 1851, 1881, 1891, 1901 Census Returns - Lookups offered


Grid reference: 570500, 112500 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 85 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 74 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.

Parish histories:

Ninfield Local History Group was formed in April 2012 to inform and document the history of the village and to help with research and enquiries about life in the village in the past and present.


There are 42 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 34 postal directory entries for this parish, (breakdown below).

1 entry from the 1791 Universal British Directory.

33 entries from the 1858 Directory and Gazetteer of Sussex.

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

1791 Universal British Directory for Battel.

1858 Directory and Gazetteer of Sussex for Ninfield.

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


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

There is 1 article 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 1 will of someone who lived in this parish.

The OPC database contains no wills that mention this parish.

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