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FAMILY HISTORY IN SEDLESCOMBE

INFORMATION FOR RESEARCHERS

WHERE CAN I FIND RECORDS RELATING TO SEDLESCOMBE?

Margaret Simmons has transcribed many Sedlescombe records. You can obtain copies on CD-Rom £10.50 from Hastings and Rother Family History Society as follows:

Sedlescombe Censuses 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901

St John the Baptist, Sedlescombe Christenings 1559-1981
St John the Baptist, Sedlescombe Marriages 1560-1987
St John the Baptist, Sedlescombe Burials 1559-1993

DENGATE, ARCHER, CATT, STEVENSON, MAWLE, WRIGHT - names in Sedlescombe See Nathan Goodwin's excellent Dengate Family website
FLOYD, CLOKE, DICKIEBUSCH, SELLENS - names in Sedlescombe - see below Information regarding Nance and Fred Floyd and lodger Bertram Cloke and the small shop in Kent Street, Sedlescombe called "Dickiebusch"
COTTON and many other Sedlescombe names 1939-1945 in a story of a wartime country family set in Sedlescombe, Battle and Hastings "The Cotton Reels" by Sally Cotton, phone 01424 215477
PLAYFORD and many other Sedlescombe names, 20th century "A snapshot history of Sedlescombe", by Julia Chapman, phone 01424 870529
HAZELDEN Dinah (born Sedlescombe in 1796) married Francis Catt on 29.01.1856 at Westfield

NANCE AND FRED FLYOD AND DICKIEBUSCH

Sedlescombe Parish Council received the following query in September 2005. 

QUESTION. Does anyone remember Martha Ann, known as Nance, and Fred, Floyd?   Nance was living at East View Terrace when she died in 1966 but earlier they had both lived in a cottage called “Dickiebusch” described as “on the main road through Kent Street ”, which had a small shop attached at the side.  Susan is their niece and would be pleased to hear from anyone who remembers her Auntie Nance or a lodger Mr Bertram Cloke.   Mr Cloke is described as working as a gardener/handyman at a large house not far from Dickiebusch.

INFORMATION FROM SEDLESCOMBE RESIDENT:  Bert Cloke had served in the Indian Army and was a widower when he came to Sedlescombe.  His young Indian wife and baby son had died in India .  He would often play cribbage in the top pub and worked as a postman.

INFORMATION FROM ANOTHER RESIDENT: I remember the shop in the 1930s in Kent Street which was no more than 2 feet from the road, was very small and sold all sorts of bits and pieces.  Mrs Floyd (Nance) had to come out of her cottage to open up each time someone wanted the shop.  Although it was small, about six teenagers would go there in an evening to play shove halfpenny on the counter.  Jack Taylor was one of these.  About twenty children lived in Kent Street at that time.  The name "Dickiebusch" can be explained as the shop was originally set up for a Mr Reg Sellens by the Royal British Legion because he had lost a leg in World War I and, on his return from the Front, couldn't work.  Reg lost a second leg later and went about in a motorized 3-wheel wheelchair.  Dickiebusch is a place in Ypres , Belgium , where our troops had been in WWI.  The Floyds moved to 3 East View Terrace in 1959 and Nance brought her shop with her and used it as a garden shed in her garden.

INFORMATION FROM THE SEDLESCOMBE BRITISH LEGION Reg Sellens was the Sedlescombe Royal British Legion Branch Secretary for years and played the last post and reveille at the Armistice Sunday services in Sedlescombe Church.

POST OFFICE DIRECTORIES WITH SEDLESCOMBE REFERENCES

1832 Pigot's Directory of Sussex
1840 Pigot & Co. Directory of Sussex (mention of Sedlescombe connections on Battle page)
1851 Post Office Directory of the Six Home Counties - Sedlescombe entry only
1851 Post Office Directory (mention relating to Sedlescombe Penny Post on Battle page)
1855 Post Office Directory - Sedlescombe entry only
1867 Kelly's Post Office Directory
1882 Kelly's Directory for Battle (mention of Sedlescombe within text)
1905 Kelly's Post Office Directory - Sedlescombe entry only

 

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Sussex Online Parish Clerks (nothing to do with Clerks to Parish Councils) - Sedlescombe This is a growing source of miscellaneous information that could be useful to the family history researcher. Although not altogether accurate in some respects, it could provide useful pointers.
"Who Do you Think You Are? BBC family history website
Family Records Centre The Family Records Centre provides access to some of the most important sources for family history research in England and Wales including births, marriages and deaths and census returns.
East Sussex Record Office The Record Office provides vital information regarding how to research your family history
Family History Centre The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints run a genealogical research facility at 2 Ledsham Avenue, St Leonards-on-Sea
Hastings and Rother Family History Society This Society encourages members to research their own family history
Sussex Family History Group This Group should be of benefit to those interested in family history and genealogical research in Sussex
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