Brighton, (East Sussex)

Parish picture

St Peter's, designed by Sir Charles Barry (architect for the Houses of Parliament), became the parish church of Brighton in 1873 having been built between 1824 and 1828 to meet the needs of the rapidly growing town. The church still dominates the view up the Old Steine, as it was intended to do.

Other Brighton parishes:

Brighton, Annunciation, Brighton, Resurrection, Brighton, St Bartholomew, Brighton, St Luke, Prestonville, Brighton, St Michael & All Angels, Brighton, St Nicholas, Brighton, St Paul, Kemptown, St George with St Anne & St Mark, Kemptown, St Mary the Virgin.

Places of worship:

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

Adullam Chapel, Windsor Street

Baptist Church, Gloucester Place

Bethsaida Chapel, Windsor Street

Chapel Royal

Church of the Seers

Countess of Huntingdon Church

Ebenezer Reformed Baptist Church

Ebenezer Strict Baptist Chapel

Free Catholic & Spiritual Church

Friends Meeting House

Holy Trinity

Jireh Strict Baptist Chapel

London Road Methodist Church

Providence Chapel

Salem Strict Baptist Chapel

St Mary & St Mary Magdalene

St Peter

Strict Baptist Chapel

Strict Baptist Chapel, Mighell Street

Trinity Independent Presbyterian Church

Unitarian Church

Zoar Chapel, Windsor Street

Census returns:

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

People born in this parish but residing elsewhere:

34 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1851 census.

79 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.

28 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1871 census.

4 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1881 census.

67 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.

35 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1901 census.


Grid reference: 531026, 104223 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Militia records etc:

Roll of Honour have details of names recorded on the memorial to victims of the Egypt Campaign (1882) and the Nile Expedition (1884-1885) from the Royal Sussex Regiment. The memorial is situated in Old Steine

Roll of Honour have details of people listed on the Boer War Memorial (Royal Sussex Regiment) in Regency Square

Roll of Honour have details of people recorded on a memorial in St Peter's church

Roll of Honour has a transcription (work in progress) of the war memorial at together with biographical information concerning the individuals listed.

Roll of Honour has a picture of the Chattri memorial and a transcription of the dedication. To quote the site: "The Chattri stands on the Sussex Downs overlooking Brighton close by the modern Sussex Border Path. It commemorates the Hindu and Sikh soldiers of the Indian Army who died following hospitalisation in Brighton. They were cremated at this spot and their ashes scattered at sea. The Chattri was erected on the cremation site and unveiled in 1921; a memorial service has been held there every year since. This is believed to be the only such service of its kind in England."

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 1565 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 4524 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.

Parish histories:

Local Histories by Tim Lambert has a history of Brighton


There are 810 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

Roughwood has an old postcard image of Arundel Terrace, Kemp Town

Roughwood has old and new images of the now ruined West Pier

Roughwood has an index of all the Brighton and Hove churches, with summary information and links to fuller descriptions

Postal directories:

The OPC database contains 1662 postal directory entries for this parish, (breakdown below).

429 entries from the 1791 Universal British Directory.

1233 entries from the 1823 Pigot's Directory of Sussex.

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

1823 Pigot's Directory of Sussex for Brighthelmstone.

1791 Universal British Directory for Brighthelmstone.

1867 Kelly's Directory is available on the GENUKI site

1840 Pigot Directory for Brighton


There are 35 books about this parish in the Sussex OPC Bibliography.

There are 64 articles about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.

There are 246 people from this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Society Members Index.


The OPC database contains 8 wills of people who lived in this parish.

The OPC database contains 6 wills which mention this parish.

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