Ore, (East Sussex)

Parish picture

The ancient parish church, dedicated to St Helen, was largely demolished by the Victorians. The tower and fragments of the walls survive, together with the remains of the east window. On the north wall there is a plaque reading: "In the reign of King Edward A.D. 1293 this church was rated at 8 marks".

It is now the haunt of pigeons and other wild life. The old cemetery is in a ruinous condition too.

The present church, a little to the north and in a very compromised location immediately adjacent to a busy main road, was built in 1868. The church previously had a spire; this was removed sometime in the 20th century, much to the detriment of the building's appearance.

Parish picture

To meet the needs of the rapidly growing town on the outskirts of Hastings, a new parish was formed in 1887. Christ Church is on the London Road.

From the 1930s until the 1960s, Upper Broomgrove, Clements Hill and Fellows Road contained rows of houses made from steel sheeting, and for this reason the area became known as Tin Town.

During World War II, two planes crashed into the Ore Valley, one in Pine Avenue and one near Quantock Gardens. A bomb hit the public house in Mount Pleasant Road, aptly named the "Fortune of War".

Today, Ore also has a Seventh Day Adventist Church and a Methodist Church. The Hastings Cemetery is situated in the St Helen's district of Ore.

Other Ore parishes:

Ore, Christ Church.

Places of worship:

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

Cemetery Chapel

Old St Helen's Church

St Barnabas

St Helen

Census returns:

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

People born in this parish but residing elsewhere:

5 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.


Grid reference: 583500, 111500 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 46 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 33 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.

Parish histories:

1066 online have an interesting history of Ore Valley


There are 26 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 has a picture of the Ore Centre, formerly Red Lake Junior School

Postal directories:

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

1867 Kelly's Directory is available on the GENUKI site


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

There are no articles about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.

There are 3 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 no wills that mention this parish.

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