Rottingdean, (East Sussex)

OPC for Rottingdean is : Lesley Yates

Email: Lesley Yates.

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Rottingdean is an ancient Anglo-Saxon settlement and there may have been an earlier church on this site, however, following the Norman conquest, William de Warrenne, to whom the village of Rottingdean and adjoining land was granted, gave funds to rebuild the church in flint and Caen sandstone.

The seven stained glass windows in the chancel and tower are the glory of the church. They were made by the Pre-Raphaelite William Morris & Co from the designs of Sir Edward Burne-Jones and are generally recognised to be some of their finest work.

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There is a fine view of Rottingdean windmill form the front of the church. The mill is a black Smock Mill believed to date from 1802, which milled until 1881. She now stands as a major landmark on the Downs on the coast road to Brighton, overlooking a pitch & putt golf course.

Other Rottingdean parishes:

Saltdean, Woodingdean.

Places of worship:

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

Chapel, St Mary's Home for Female Penitents

Former Balsdean Chapel

Our Lady of Lourdes, Queen of Peace

Roedean School Chapel

St Dunstan's Chapel

St Margaret

St Martha, Star of the Sea Convent 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:

39 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1851 census.

36 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.

24 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1871 census.

1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1881 census.

36 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.

15 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1901 census.

The OPC has completed the transcription of the 1841 census for Rottingdean and will accept look up requests

The OPC has partially transcribed the 1871 census and will accept look up requests


Grid reference: 536500, 102500 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Other links relating to this parish:

Rottingdean community website

Rottingdean Library is also the home to the Rudyard Kipling Society and the Grange Art Gallery

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 43 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 26 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.

Parish histories:

Rottindean Past & Present is a very interesting site about this parish

Rottingdean Seashore Railway information and pictures of this former railway


There are 150 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

POWPics (The new Roughwood churches album) contains 1 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 images of Rottingdean Mill

Roughwood has a picture of Rottingdean Public Hall

Nigel Marchant's website has lots of Rottingdean images

Roughwood Postcard Album has images of Rottingdean windmill

Postal directories:

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

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

1791 Universal British Directory for Brighthelmstone.

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

1840 Pigot Directory for Rottingdean (Brighton)


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 10 people from this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Society Members Index.


The OPC database contains 1 will of someone who lived in this parish.

The OPC database contains 1 will which mention this parish.

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