Barcombe, (East Sussex)

OPC for Barcombe is : Karen Wenke

Email: Karen Wenke.

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Barcombe is a village split into three, with the old village centre by the church being abandoned during the Black Death in the middle of the 14th century, with the population moving to Barcombe Cross. The area of Barcombe Mills which is by the river Ouse has always been important for milling.

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There was formerly a railway station at Barcombe, on the East Grinstead to Lewes line, following closure the railway track is now overgrown and disused.

The village has a delightful tin hall- one of a dying breed, formerly a mission church.

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The centre of population is now Barcombe Cross, where there is a church dedicated to St Francis of Assisi.

Places of worship:

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

Baptist Church (Providence Chapel)

Mission Hall

Protestant Dissenters Mission House

St Bartholomew, Spithurst

St Francis of Assisi, Barcombe Cross

St Mary the Virgin

Census returns:

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

People born in this parish but residing elsewhere:

12 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.

1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1871 census.

3 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.

1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1901 census.


Grid reference: 541974, 114500 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Militia records etc:

James Fanning's site, concerned with the Great War, has pictures of the war memorial and parish church

List of people on active service transcribed from a scroll in the parish church, which also highlights those who died in service

Other links relating to this parish:

Barcombe Village community website

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 74 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 9 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.

Parish histories:

Barcombe - Sussex Archaeological Society - Community Project project web site contains much of interest to the family historian including a transcript of the 1841 census, historical images and transcriptions of the tombstones in the church yard.


There are 56 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

POWPics (The new Roughwood churches album) contains 4 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.

Roughwood has old postcard images of School Hill, Barcombe

Postal directories:

The OPC database contains no postal directory entries for this parish.

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

1840 Pigot Directory for Balcombe


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

There are 4 articles about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.

There are 7 people from this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Society Members Index.


The OPC database contains 4 wills of people who lived in this parish.

The OPC database contains 3 wills which mention this parish.

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