Uckfield, (East Sussex)

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Uckfield for many years was famous for its wool and agricultural trade, lying on a river crossing. A proportion of the produce produced in the area was transported by barge down the Uck to the Ouse, then to Lewes and finally to the coast at Seaford and Newhaven.

The church was extensively rebuilt and enlarged with aisles and gallery in 1839, the chancel extended in 1889.

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The name is derived from the river Uck which flows through the village (literally the field on the river Uck). A small village until the railway arrived in the 1850s, Uckfield quickly grew into a small town. The village was originally located at the top of the high street near to the church, but the railway which was laid alongside the river, provided a catalyst for growth, and the houses and shops now spread right down into the valley.

Perhaps following the terrible flooding in the lower part of the town in October 2000, the residents wish they had remained on higher ground!

Places of worship:

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

Cemetery Chapel

Christ Church, Ridgewood

Grange Evangelical Church

Holy Cross

King's Church

Methodist Church

Our Lady Immaculate & St Philip Neri

Our Lady Immaculate and St. Philip Neri (1st Church)

Rockhall Baptist

St Saviour

Strict Baptist

United Reformed Church

Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Ridgewood

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.

5 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.

1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1871 census.

1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1881 census.

1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.

The Weald site has transcriptions of the 1841, 1851 & 1881 census returns


Grid reference: 547503, 121500 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Other links relating to this parish:

Uckfield & District Preservation Society have an interesting website and are an active force in the town for both local history and preservation.

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 132 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 101 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.


There are 165 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

POWPics (The new Roughwood churches album) contains 2 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 Postcard Album has images of Uckfield watermill

Postal directories:

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

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

1840 Pigot Directory for Uckfield

1851 Post Office Directory for Uckfield


There are 3 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 43 people from this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Society Members Index.


The OPC database contains 2 wills of people who lived in this parish.

The OPC database contains 3 wills which mention this parish.

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