Last updated:
17 May 2016

Diocese of Chichester and its parishes

Official records of the Bishop, Dean and Chapter of Chichester, and registers of baptisms, marriages and burials for all West Sussex parishes available at the Record Office.

As the Diocesan Record Office we hold the official records of the Bishops of Chichester, the Dean and Chapter of Chichester and the property they owned.

The records include the original parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials for all West Sussex parishes and, where they survive, the Bishop’s Transcripts from parishes in both West and East Sussex up to around 1900.

We also hold wills for the Archdeaconry of Chichester and the peculiar jurisdictions together with copies of wills for the Archdeaconry of Lewes up to 1858.

Later wills for Chichester District Probate Registry (which covered most of West Sussex) up to 1928 are also held in the Record Office.

Old diocese record
Example of diocese record
 

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