South Bersted is an Ancient Parish in the county of Sussex.

Other places in the parish include: Shrimpney, Shripney and North Bersted.

Alternative names: Bersted, South Bersted

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1564
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1610

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Parishes Adjacent to South Bersted

  • Pagham
  • Oving
  • Bognor
  • Aldingbourne
  • Felpham
  • Merston

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BERSTED (South), a village and a parish in Chichester district, Sussex. The village stands 1 mile N of Bognor r. station, and 1 from the coast, and has a post office under Bognor. The parish extends to the shore, and includes Bognor and the tythings of North Bersted and Shripney. Acres, 3,008; of which 152 are water. Real property, £15,469. Pop., 3,128. Houses, 628. The property is much subdivided. The living is a vicar age in the diocese of Chichester. Value, £214. Patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The church was built in 1405; consists of chancel, nave, and aisles; has a tower with large buttresses, and an obtuse shingled spire; and contains a tomb of Sir R. Hotham, the founder of Bognor. The p. curacy of Bognor is a separate benefice.

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

Parish Records


Online Records (Free)

England, Sussex, Parish Registers, 1538-1910

Maps of South Bersted

Vision of Britain historical maps


County: Sussex
Civil Registration District: Chichester
Probate Court: Court of the Peculiar of the Archbishop of Canterbury for the Exempt Deaneries of Pagham and Tarring
Diocese: Chichester
Rural Deanery: Pagham
Poor Law Union: Sutton
Hundred: Aldwick
Province: Canterbury

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