Bexhill, (East Sussex)

OPC for Bexhill is : L Ransom Burton

Email: L Ransom Burton.

King Offa of Mercia gave land on which Bexhill stands to the Bishop of Selsey in 772 AD for the purposes of building a church. St Peter's still exhibits Saxon remnants, including an 8th century coffin slab. However the devastation following the Norman invasions resulted in the church being largely rebuilt. In more recent times the town is known for the Pavilion named after Earl de la Warr, an old Sussex family and landowner. The acclaimed building is situated right on the sea front which extends for two miles.

Modern parishes were formed in the 19th century, All Saints (Sidley), St Barnabas, St Mark and St Stephen. In the cemetery of St Barnabas Church is a monument in memory of Sir Gordon Guggisberg, Governor of Gold Coast and Ashanti, who died here in 1930.

The name of the town, literally means a clearing in the box trees. The church was built on the site of a Neolithic earthwork, and until the Lord De La Warr developed the modern resort in the late 19th century, Bexhill was a small settlement clustered around St Peter's church (the 'old town').

Other Bexhill parishes:

Bexhill, St Augustine, Bexhill, St Barnabas, Bexhill, St Stephen, Little Common (Bexhill, St Mark), Sidley.

Places of worship:

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

Beehive School Chapel

Belle Hill Wesleyan Chapel

Beulah Baptist Church

Christian Science Reading Room

Church of the Good Shepherd (Malet Memorial Hall)

Nazereth House Chapel

Our Ladye's Convent Chapel

Sackville Road Methodist Church

Salvation Army Hall

St Andrew

St Mary Magdalene

St Michael & All Angels

St Peter

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.

51 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.


Grid reference: 574500, 107500 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Militia records etc:

War Memorial on the Roll of Honour site has pictures and information about the people listed

Roll of Honour have a transcription of the war memorial at St Mary Magdalene (RC) church together with biographical information concerning the individuals listed.

Other links relating to this parish:

All About Sussex has a nice page about Bexhill

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 236 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 202 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.


There are 369 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

Postal directories:

The OPC database contains 142 postal directory entries for this parish, (breakdown below).

142 entries from the 1878 Kelly's Directory.

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

1878 Kelly's Directory for Bexhill.

1867 Kelly's Directory for Bexhill is on the GENUKI site

1840 Pigot Directory for Bexhill


There are 6 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 5 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 1 will which mention this parish.

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