Eastbourne, (East Sussex)

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Eastbourne is a town on the south coast of East Sussex, between Brighton and Hastings. Eastbourne's name comes from 'Burne' the stream which ran through the Old Town of Eastbourne. All that can be seen of the Burne, or Bourne is the small pond in Motcombe Gardens. The source is guarded by a statue of Neptune.

The ancient parish church is dedicated to St Mary, but with the rapid growth of the town in the 19th century, many new parishes were created.

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During the middle ages the area prospered as a major sheep farming and fishing area. In 1555 East Bourne was sold to three wealthy Sussex families - Burton, Gildredge and Selwyn.

In 1556 Bourne Place (now Compton Place) was built, and still stands as a private ladies training college today.

Eastbourne's Redoubt Museum is housed within a fortress built in 1805 to supplement the firepower of the Martello towers. Tower No. 73, The Wish Tower, still stands overlooking the sea towards the west of Eastbourne's seafront.

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No shops or other commercial buildings have been permitted on the seafront so the elegant 3-mile promenade is lined with fine buildings, such as The Grand, Queen's and Burlington hotels, which were built in the 1870's.

Nearby is the famous Beachy Head.

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The Lamb Inn is located just to the east of St Mary's church and the sign claims it dates from 1180.

Other Eastbourne parishes:

Eastbourne, All Saints, Eastbourne, All Souls, Eastbourne, Christ Church, Eastbourne, Holy Trinity, Eastbourne, St Elisabeth, Eastbourne, St John, Meads, Eastbourne, St Michael, Eastbourne, St Richard, Eastbourne, St Saviour & St Peter.

Places of worship:

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

Congregational Church, Upperton Road

Edgmond Evangelical Church

Greenfield Methodist Church

St George

St Mary the Virgin

Census returns:

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

People born in this parish but residing elsewhere:

19 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1851 census.

8 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.

13 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1871 census.

1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1881 census.

6 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.


Grid reference: 559977, 99488 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Militia records etc:

Roll of Honour has details of the people listed on the Eastbourne (Royal Sussex Regiment) memorial to those who died in the Boer War

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 286 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 601 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.

Parish histories:

Local Histories by Tim Lambert has a history of Eastbourne


There are 377 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

Postal directories:

The OPC database contains 216 postal directory entries for this parish, (breakdown below).

94 entries from the 1791 Universal British Directory.

122 entries from the 1823 Pigot's Directory of Sussex.

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

1791 Universal British Directory for East Bourne.

1823 Pigot's Directory of Sussex for Eastbourne.

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


There are 12 books about this parish in the Sussex OPC Bibliography.

There are 65 articles about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.

There are 95 people from this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Society Members Index.


The OPC database contains 5 wills of people who lived in this parish.

The OPC database contains 2 wills which mention this parish.

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