Glynde, (East Sussex)

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Glynde lies to the north of the A27 on the back road to Ringmer . Its name is derived from the old Saxon word glind meaning an enclosure. The road through the village used to be on the main coaching route from Lewes to Eastbourne and Newhaven.

St Mary, Glynde is a rare 18th century church built in 1763 of knapped (squared) flints, quite unlike the flint rubble constructions usually found in Sussex. It stands on the site of a much earlier church, but owes nothing to its predecessor, being uncompromisingly classical in its design and its interior surprisingly domestic. It was built in the Italian style by Richard Trevor, the Bishop of Durham, who was the owner of Glynde place. The architect was Sir Thomas Robinson Bart, a landowner from Yorkshire.

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On 28th May 1934 John Christie, whose family had lived at the old Tudor manor of Glyndebourne since 1617, opened the Glyndebourne Opera House. The building catered for about 300 people, and became synonymous with English Opera. In 1992 the building was demolished and a new one built. The state of the art auditorium was opened in 1994, seating 1150 people, and has enabled Glyndebourne to become a major operatic centre in the UK.

The railway arrived in 1846 and electrified in 1935. The village had international exposure in 1885 when a Telpherage line was built by the Telpherage company between the railway station and a nearby clay pit. The new system was reported in the New York Times. It was replaced later by a tramway.

Places of worship:

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

St Mary

Census returns:

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

People born in this parish but residing elsewhere:

2 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1851 census.

6 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1871 census.

5 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.


Grid reference: 545500, 108753 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Other links relating to this parish:

Glyndebourne Opera House website

Glynde Place have their own website describing the house and garden

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 25 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 9 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.


There are 44 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

POWPics (The new Roughwood churches album) contains 23 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.

Postal directories:

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

1 entry from the 1791 Universal British Directory.

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

1851 Post Office Directory for Glynde


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

There are 22 articles about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.

There are 9 people from this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Society Members Index.


The OPC database contains no wills of people who lived in this parish.

The OPC database contains no wills that mention this parish.

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