Rottingdean, Sussex Family History Guide

Rottingdean is an Ancient Parish in the county of Sussex.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1558

Nonconformists include: Countess of Huntingdon Methodist, Independent/Congregational, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Rottingdean

  • Falmer
  • Telscombe
  • Brighton St Nicholas
  • Ovingdean
  • Kemp Town
  • Iford
  • Rodmell
  • Kingston near Lewes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ROTTINGDEAN, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Lewes district, Sussex. The village stands on the coast, 4 miles ESE of Brighton r. station; is a sea-bathing resort; has a post-office under Brighton, private-baths, bathing-machines, and many lodging-houses; and is noted for its wells, which are nearly empty at high-water and rise as the tide falls. The parish comprises 3,147 acres of land, and 492 of water. Real property, £13,719; of which £4,225 are in gas-works. Pop., 1,016. Houses, 203. The property is divided among a few. High cliffs are on the coast. Agate and chalcedony pebbles are found, and are cut and polished for bracelets. There are four coast-guard stations. A French force landed here in 1377, with the intention of sacking Lewes and its priory; and were confronted and defeated by the prior and some neighbouring knights; but captured the prior, and carried him away. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Chichester. Value, £332. Patron, the Earl of Abergavenny. The church is early English, in good condition; and has a tower and spire. There are a national school, the Brighton industrial schools, and a large classical academy. The sub-district contains 7 parishes. Acres, 16,711. Pop., 2,392. Houses, 462.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].


Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Adams John Thomas Philip, Rottingdean and Brighthelmstone, Sussex, wine merchant and schoolmaster, Aug. 19, 1828.


  • County: Sussex
  • Civil Registration District: Lewes
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) of Chichester for the Archdeaconry of Lewes
  • Diocese: Chichester
  • Rural Deanery: Lewes
  • Poor Law Union: Newhaven
  • Hundred: Younsmere
  • Province: Canterbury