Until 1935, Steyning was a registration district, covering many towns and villages in East and West Sussex. Civil registrations of births, marriages and deaths since 1837 may give Steyning as the location, although many of these were not in Steyning at all.
Steyning Register Office (left) in 1905
Births, marriages and deaths in the registration district of Steyning between 1837 and 1935 could relate to any one of 25 different parishes. In fact more people are likely to have come from Brighton or Hove than from Steyning itself. The registration district of Steyning was created in July 1837, with its sub-districts of Hove, New Shoreham, Preston, Shoreham and Steyning.
Steyning served the parishes of Aldrington, Ashurst, Botolphs, Bramber, Coombes, Edburton, Fulking, Hangleton, Henfield, Hove, Kingston by Sea, Lancing (from 1870), New Shoreham, Old Shoreham, Patcham, Portslade, Poynings, Preston, Shermanbury, Sompting, Southwick, Steyning, Upper Beeding, West Blatchington and Woodmancote.
The Steyning district continued until March 1935, when the civil registers moved to Chanctonbury, Cuckfield, Hove or Worthing.
The Chanctonbury office at Storrington served Steyning until it too closed in 1974. Civil registration for Steyning residents then moved to Worthing.
Steyning Museum only keeps records relating to our locality - Steyning, Bramber, Upper Beeding, Wiston and Ashurst. Unfortunately, we cannot help with information about other places, or people unconnected with the Steyning area. The good news is that if you have found a local connection, you may well have struck gold.
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