Jevington, (East Sussex)

OPC for Jevington is : Rosalind Hodge

Email: Rosalind Hodge.

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Jevington is an old village nestling in a quiet valley in the South Downs not far from Eastbourne.

The village was originally called Govingtona or Gefingatun, probably named after a person called Ge(o)fa (a shortened version of the common Saxon name Gefmund).

The church dates from about 900 AD and has a defensive tower similar to the one at East Dean. The tower was the refuge from the Vikings when they came raiding the area, probably trying to kill the population that supplied King Alfred the Great's port at nearby Exceat.

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The village was also the site for a monastery, founded certainly before 1344 (there is a recorded court case of three men being charged by the Prior of Michelham for breaking into the Chapelry and stealing timber). In 1238 William de Montague granted 'The Chapelry to Michelham Priory', which suggests a 12th century date for its foundation. The monastery, which was very small (probably just one or two monks) was dedicated to St Lewinna. Its time probably came to an end when Wilmington Priory closed in 1414/15.

Places of worship:

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

Jubilee Mission Hall, Wannock

St Andrew

Census returns:

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

People born in this parish but residing elsewhere:

8 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1851 census.

2 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.

1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1871 census.

2 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.

The OPC has the 1851 census for Jevington and can offer look ups.


Grid reference: 556200, 101600 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Militia records etc:

Roll of Honour have photographs and supplementary information of the war memorial, although it does contain errors - refer to the OPC's information in preference

War memorial in St Andrew's Church

Other links relating to this parish:

Roadside cross in memory of Thomas Rueben Whittington, a local boy

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 36 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 2 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.

Parish histories:

The OPC has written a book, "Jevington, Wannock and Willingdon", published by SB Publications, Oct 2003 and also the Parish Church Guide, available in the church.

There is an interesting book on the history of the Wannock Gardens written by a member of the family who owned them from 1926 until they closed. These were an important feature of the parish from the mid 1800s.


There are 93 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

Postal directories:

The OPC database contains 39 postal directory entries for this parish, (breakdown below).

4 entries from the 1845 Pike's Directory.

5 entries from the 1851 Post Office Directory.

13 entries from the 1867 Kelly's Directory.

17 entries from the 1887 Kelly's Directory.

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

1845 Pike's Directory for Jevington.

1867 Kelly's Directory for Jevington.

1887 Kelly's Directory for Jevington.

1851 Post Office Directory for Willingdon, Folkington & Jevington.

Pikes, Gowland and Kelly's 1815, 1853, 1866, 1867, 1870, 1874, 1878, 1882, 1887, 1890, 1985, 1899, 1930 - 1935; look up service offered.


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

There are 7 articles about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.

There are 4 people from this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Society Members Index.


The OPC has the following documents regarding the school and offers a look up service:
1. Conveyance of land from Earl of Burlington to Rector & Churchwardens 31 December 1846
2. List of 37 School Masters and Mistresses 1838 - 1926 List of Children on Jevington C of E School Register July 8th 1926 giving names, address, dob
3. HM School Inspector's reports 1913, 1921, 1924

Photographs of the National School from the OPC's collection


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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