Ardingly, (West Sussex)

OPC for Ardingly is : Dave Marchant

Email: Dave Marchant.

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Ardingly is a small village four miles north from Haywards Heath.

St Peter's church has some of the finest Medieval brasses to be found anywhere in England.

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The village also has a Congregational Church.

The village is well know these days as being the location of the South of England show ground, the Royal Botanical Gardens at Wakehurst Place and the home of one of the largest private schools in the area, Ardingly College.

Places of worship:

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

Congregational Church

St Peter

St Saviour's Chapel, Ardingly College

Census returns:

People residing in the parish:

342 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1841 census.

644 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1851 census.

People born in this parish but residing elsewhere:

3 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1851 census.

26 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.

2 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.

1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1901 census.


Grid reference: 534026, 129753 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Militia records etc:

Roll of Honour have details of people recorded on the roll of honour in St Peter's church

Other links relating to this parish:

The Royal Botanical Gardens have their home at nearby Wakehurst Place

Ardingly College is one of the largest private schools in the area

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 53 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 19 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.


There are 41 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

POWPics (The new Roughwood churches album) contains 3 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 pictures of Ardingly College

Roughwood Photo Album has images of the (now closed) Ardingly railway station

Postal directories:

The OPC database contains 1 postal directory entry for this parish, (breakdown below).

1 entry from the 1791 Universal British Directory.

GENUKI has a transcription of the 1867 Kelly's Post Office Directory entry for Ardingly.

1840 Pigot directory for Ardingley.

1851 Post Office Directory for Ardingly

1909 Kelly's Directory for Ardingly

1911 Kelly's Directory for Ardingly


There is 1 book about this parish in the Sussex OPC Bibliography.

There are 2 articles about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.

There are 4 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 no wills that mention this parish.

Interest in this parish:

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