Worth, Sussex Genealogy

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Parish History[edit | edit source]

Worth is a village and civil parish in the Mid Sussex district of West Sussex.

Worth St Nicholas is an Ancient Parish and was one of the largest parishes in West Sussex until later ecclesiastical parish creations within the ancient parish boundaries.

It included Tilgate Forest, South Malling-Lindfield Manor, Crawley Down, Burleigh Arches Manor, Clarkes Manor, and Old House Warren.

The surviving Saxon church which is Grade 1 listed is believed to have been built between 950-1050 AD and was subsequently restored in successive centuries. A tower was added in the 1870's and after a fire in 1986 the present roof and restoration was completed in 1988.Church history Worth St Nicholas

Worth Sussex Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

Other places of worship in Worth include

Christ Church, Pound Hill
Maidenbower Baptist Church
St Barnabas, Pound Hill
St Edward the Confessor, Pound Hill
Worth Abbey Church

Turners Hill St Leonard was created from this parish, Turner's Hill Sussex Online Parish Clerks Online (OPC) Turner's Hill St Leonard Sussex Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

Other places of worship in Turner's Hill include

Turner's Hill Countess of Huntington's Chapel Countess of Huntington's Chapel Sussex Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

See also Worth Wikipedia Turners Hill West Sussex Wikipedia and list of places of worship in Mid Sussex Wikipedia

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

For civil registration history see East Grinstead registration district
Certificates may be obtained from
East Sussex The Register Office
Town Hall
Grove Road
BN21 4UG Phone01323 464780 Fax 01323 431386 email eastbourne.registrar@eastsussex.gov.uk

Church records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Census records[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch Records includes collections of census indexes which can be searched online for free. In addition FamilySearch Centres offer free access to images of the England and Wales Census through Family History Center Portal Computers here have access to the Family History Centre Portal page which gives free access to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.

[1] to locate local Family History Centres in UK

[2] to locate outside UK.

Many archives and local history collections in public libraries in England and Wales offer online census searches and also hold microfilm or fiche census returns.

Images of the census for 1841-1891 can be viewed in census collections at Ancestry (fee payable) or Find My Past (fee payable)

The 1851 census of England and Wales attempted to identify religious places of worship in addition to the household survey census returns.

Ancestry UK Census Collection

Find my Past census search 1841-1901

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. Find my Past 1911 census search

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

East Grinstead Poor Law Union, Sussex

Probate records[edit | edit source]

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Sussex Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Taxation records[edit | edit source]

1552[edit | edit source]
  • 1552 Lay Subsidy, Worth Parish, Buttinghill Hundred, Sussex. Original at TNA[1]; microfilm copy at FHL[2].

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Web sites[edit | edit source]

  1. E179/190/247 rot 14
  2. FHL BRITISH Film 2228740.