Chichester Cathedral Close, Sussex Genealogy

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Guide to Chichester Cathedral Close, Sussex family history and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Chichester Cathedral Close, Sussex
Type Extra-parochial area (England)
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Chichester Borough
County Sussex, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Chichester
Registration District Chichester
Records begin
Parish registers: For records see surrounding parishes
Bishop's Transcripts: For records see surrounding parishes
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Not Applicable
Diocese Not Applicable
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Search the courts of the surrounding parishes
Location of Archive
Sussex Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

CHICHESTER, a city and market-town, having exclusive jurisdiction, locally in the hundred of Box and Stockbridge, rape of Chichester, W. division of Sussex, 62 miles (S. W. by S.) from London. Chichester comprises the parishes of All Saints, or the Pallant or Palatinate, containing 327 inhabitants; St. Andrew, 625; St. Martin, 282; St. Olave, 238; St. Pancras, partly within and partly without the walls, 1065; St. Peter the Great, or the Subdeanery, 5021; St. Peter the Less, 349; and St. Bartholomew Without, 297; with the precinct of the Cathedral Close, 145. These parishes were, by act of parliament in 1753, united for the better maintenance of the poor, under the inspection of guardians. There are also an extra-parochial district called Newton, formerly the Black friars, containing 123 persons; and a small extra-parochial plot beyond the walls, called St. James', and containing 40 inhabitants. There are places of worship in the city for the Society of Friends, Huntingtonians, Independents, Wesleyans, and Unitarians.[1]

Chichester Cathedral Close is an extra-parochial place. Search surrounding parishes for records and information.

Chichester Sussex Online Parish Clerks(OPC) and Chichester the Close Sussex (OPC)

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.

From 1837 this parish was in the Chichester registration district

Certificates can be ordered from West Sussex
Centralised Certificates Office
Registration Service
West Sussex Record Office
County Hall
PO19 1RN
Phone: 01243 642122

Church records[edit | edit source]

Chichester Cathedral Close, Sussex Genealogy parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[2]
PRTS = The Parish Register Transcription Society - (£)[3]
Chichester Cathedral Close, Sussex Genealogy Parish Online Records
Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
IGI 1664-1705, 1725-1750, 1773-1790, 1813-1878 1600s-1746, 1863-1885
PRTS 1664-1705, 1725-1747, 1773-1790, 1873-1916 1665-1747, 1863-1904 1665-1790, 1813-1921

CHICHESTER The Close records held at West Sussex Record Office
Bap 1664-1751, 1772-1790, 1813-1862
Mar 1664-1746, 1863-1904
Bur 1664-1751, 1772-1790, 1813-1863
Bishop’s transcripts 1813-1832

Contact West Sussex Record Office 3 Orchard Street Chichester West Sussex PO19 1DD Phone: 01243 753602 Fax: 01243 533959 Email:

Link to the FamilySearch Catalogue showing the film numbers in their collection Chichester Cathedral Close

Census 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.

See Sussex Census

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Chichester Poor Law Union, Sussex Genealogy

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.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 586-593. Date accessed: 20 September 2013
  2. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Sussex, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 31 December 2013.
  3. 'Parish Records - Coverage', The Parish Register Transcription Society, accessed 22 December 2013.