Sedlescombe, (East Sussex)

OPC for Sedlescombe is : Albert Smith

Email: Albert Smith.

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Sedlescombe has a population of approximately 1,500 and is situated on a gentle, south-facing slope overlooking the valley of the River Brede and its tributary, the River Line. It is roughly in the centre of the District of Rother and towards the east of the county of East Sussex.

There is nothing substantive remaining of the church the Normans built in Sedlescombe to replace an earlier (probably wooden) Saxon church, the last remaining part, the Chancel Arch, was removed in the late 19th century.

The oldest part of the present St John the Baptist Church is said to be of the first half of the 13th century.

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The United Reformed Church is at the other end of the village. Sedlescombe at one point had two Congregational churches - right next door to each other. In about 1885 a break away group separated and built their own chapel just to the south of the present building, but this only lasted until 1907 when it closed. The building became a police station from 1910 until 1949 and subsequently converted into a dwelling.

Places of worship:

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

Congregational Chapel

Mission Chapel

Second Congregational Chapel

St John the Baptist

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:

1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1851 census.

47 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.

1841, 1851 & 1881 - look up service offered


Grid reference: 577700, 118850 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 68 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 67 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.

Parish histories:

The OPC has a copy of the history "Twenty Centuries in Sedlescombe" by Beryl Lucey, which is available from the village post office


There are 57 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

Postal directories:

The OPC database contains 1 postal directory entry for this parish, (breakdown below).

1 entry from the 1832 Pigot's Directory of Sussex.

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

1832 Pigot's Directory of Sussex for Battle.

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


There are 2 books about this parish in the Sussex OPC Bibliography.

There are 5 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 6 wills of people who lived in this parish.

The OPC database contains 1 will which mention this parish.

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