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Map showing location of Sussex Sussex, maritime County in SE. of England, bounded N. and NE. by Surrey and Kent, SE. and S. by the English Channel, and W. and NW. by Hants; greatest length, N. and S., 27 miles; greatest breadth, E. and W., 76 miles; area, 933,269 acres, population 490,505. From the Hants border, near Petersfield, to Beachy Head, the county is traversed by the South Downs; to the N. of this range of chalk hills is the valley of the Weald, rising into the Forest Ridge on the NE., and sinking on the SE., towards the sea, into wide marshes. The rivers are not important; they are the Arun, Adur, Ouse, and Rother, all flowing S. to the English Channel. ...more

[Transcribed from Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887.]

Information Relating to All of Sussex

Archives & Libraries


Census Records

Church History

Church Records

Sussex parishes fall almost entirely within the Diocese of Chichester

Original parish registers are held by the ESRO and WSRO, Bishops Transcipts by the WSRO.

Civil Registration

Court Records

Description & Travel

Sussex books at the Internet Archive


List of Sussex Directories 1784-1975 by John H. Farrant, a comprehensive listing with details of which Sussex and national libraries hold copies.

The Digital Library of Historical Directories has the following Sussex directories available:

Steve Pickthall has transcribed the Sussex places in Kelly's Post Office Directory of Essex, Herts, Middlesex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, 1867. See the parish pages for links to these transcriptions.

The Sussex OPC scheme is currently transcribing 22 Sussex directories



Victoria County History



Memorial Inscriptions

Military History

Names, Geographical

Names, Personal


Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


Before 1858, there were a number of probate jurisdictions in Sussex.

West Sussex Record Office hold Wills for the parishes in:

East Sussex Record Office hold wills for the parishes in:



Voting Registers

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