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[[England]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Sussex]]
[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[ Withyham]] [[Image:St Michael & All Angels Withyham Sussex.jpg|thumb|right |St Michael and All Angels]]
== Parish History ==
Withyham St Michael and All Angels is an Ancient parish in the Wealden district of East Sussex which includes Buckhurst and New Groombridge.<br>
The church dates from at least the late thirteenth century; there is record of the rebuilding in the fourteenth century to construct the Sackville chapel. In 1672 the rebuilt church replaced the church which was destroyed by a lightning strike so powerful that the bells were melted, but it was not until 1680 that the Sackville Chapel was replaced.
[[Image:Vita Sackville West Memorial Withyham Sussex.jpg|thumb|center
|Vita Sackville West Memorial]]<br>
The church contains a memorial to the poet Vita Sackville-West within the Sackville family chapel.
Withyham is a small village although the the ecclesiastical and civil parish is large and includes part of the northern Ashdown Forest. The hamlet of Buckhurst includes Buckhurst Park home of Earl De La Warr who maintains the Sackville family presence in the Parish. New Groombridge is with the parish and county; Old Groombridge is in the modern Speldhurst District of Kent.
A history of the church can be found at Sussex Parish Churches [http://www.sussexparishchurches.org/content/view/292/34+ Withyham St Michael and All Angels]<br>
Withyham St John is also known as Crowborough St John the Evangelist.
Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The [[England Civil Registration|civil registration]] article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is [http://freebmd.org.uk/ FreeBMD].
For civil registration history see [http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/reg/districts/east%20grinstead.html+ East Grinstead registration district]<br>Certificates may be obtained from<br>East Sussex The Register Office<br>Town Hall <br>Grove Road <br>Eastbourne <br>BN21 4UG Phone01323 464780 Fax 01323 431386 email firstname.lastname@example.org <br>
==== Church records ====
The 1851 census of England and Wales attempted to identify religious places of worship in addition to the household survey census returns.
Prior to the 1911 census the household schedule was destroyed and only the enumerator's schedule survives.
The 1911 census of England and Wales was taken on the night of Sunday 2 April 1911 and in addition to households and institutions such as prisons and workhouses, canal boats merchant ships and naval vessels it attempted to include homeless persons. The schedule was completed by an individual and for the first time both this record and the enumerator's schedule were preserved. Two forms of boycott of the census by women are possible due to frustration at government failure to grant women the universal right to vote in parliamentary and local elections. The schedule either records a protest by failure to complete the form in respect of the women in the household or women are absent due to organisation of groups of women staying away from home for the whole night. Research estimates that several thousand women are not found by census search. [http://www.findmypast.co.uk/search/census/1911/person?ukwid=394505&sourceid=1&utm_source=Google+FMP+Main_CPC&utm_medium=Key+Keywords&utm_campaign=1911+census+ ]
==== Poor Law Unions ====
== Maps and Gazetteers ==
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