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Thomas Turner, The Diary of a Georgian Shopkeeper, edited by G. H. Jennings, published October 1879 (95 pp. + xxix, Oxford Paperbacks, ISBN-10: 0192812831 & ISBN-13: 9780192812834) accessible at: British Library & West Sussex Libraries

The Parish Documents of Ringmer of the Jacobean and Georgian Periods, by W. Heneage Legge, published 1899 in The Reliquary and Illustrated Archaeologist (new series, vol V, article)

Marriage Licences at Chichester, 1575-1730, by Edwin H. W. Dunkin, published 1909 (vol. 9, Sussex Record Society) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2225][Lib 8008] & The Keep [LIB/500385]

Marriage Licences at Lewes, 1772-1837, A to L, by Edwin H. W. Dunkin and E. W. D. Penfold, published 1917 (vol. 25, Sussex Record Society) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2241][Lib 8024] & The Keep [LIB/500398][Lib/504456]

Marriage Licences at Lewes, 1772-1837, M to Z, by Edwin H. W. Dunkin and E. W. D. Penfold, published 1919 (vol. 26, Sussex Record Society) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2242][Lib 8025] & The Keep [LIB/500399]

Sussex Apprentices and Masters, 1710 to 1752, by Robert Garraway Rice, published 1924 (vol. 28, Sussex Record Society) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2244] & The Keep [LIB/500401]   View Online

Sussex Marriage Licences, Chichester, 1731-1774, by Edwin H. W. Dunkin and D. Macleod, published 1926 (vol. 32, Sussex Record Society) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2248][Lib 8031] & The Keep [LIB/500404]

Marriage Licences, Chichester, 1775-1800, by Edwin H. W. Dunkin and D. Macleod, published 1929 (vol. 35, Sussex Record Society) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2251] & The Keep [LIB/500407]
Review in Sussex Notes and Queries, August 1929:
Mr. MacLeod and the Record Society are to be congratulated upon the issue of this volume, the Index of which includes the Licenses (1731-1774) in Vol. xxxii, also edited by Mr. MacLeod.
It continues the great work begun by Mr. Dunkin in his life-time of printing all the Sussex Marriage Licenses from the time of Queen Elizabeth down to 1837, which now comprise eight of the Record Society's volumes. These records are invaluable for genealogical purposes, and in some respects these later volumes are of more general interest than those of earlier dates. It is not every family that can connect up with the 16th and 17th centuries, but there must be few old West Sussex families that cannot find someone of their name in this present volume.

A Georgian Romance: The Story of Mrs Fitzherbert, by Joscelyne Lechmere, published 1935 in Sussex County Magazine (vol. IX no. 8, article, pp.500-503) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 9330] & The Keep [LIB/500180]

Georgian city: a plan for the preservation and improvement of Chichester , by Thomas Sharp, published 1949 (54 pp., Brighton: Southern Publishing) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 5103][Lib 10238][Lib 15763] & R.I.B.A. Library & West Sussex Libraries

English Country Houses: Early Georgian, by Christopher Hussey, published 1955 (London: Country Life) accessible at: & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

English Country Houses: Mid Georgian, by Christopher Hussey, published 1956 (London: Country Life) accessible at: & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

English Country Houses: Late Georgian, by Christopher Hussey, published 1958 (London: Country Life) accessible at: & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Regency Furniture, 1800 to 1830, by Clifford Musgrave, published 1961 (London: Faber and Faber) accessible at: & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Burton Park: a centre of recusancy in Sussex, by Thomas Geoffrey Holt, published 1975 in British Catholic History (vol. 13, no. 2, article, pp.106-122)
Catholicism owed its survival, in Sussex as elsewhere, largely to families of wealth and position who could support a chaplain. Burton Park (or Bodexton or Bodecton) [in parish of Duncton] was such a centre, at least from the late seventeenth century and maybe earlier. The house and estate, owned by the Gorings in the sixteenth century, passed in 1724 to the Biddulphs of Staffordshire and in 1835 from them to the Wrights of Essex. On inheriting the property, Anthony George Wright added Biddulph to his name ; after the death of his son, Anthony John Wright-Biddulph, in 1895, the estate was sold. This essay is an account of the owners; of the Jesuit chaplains between 1680 and 1780; and of the mission of which Burton was the centre.

Beeching/Ashburnham: A Georgian Dial with Edwardian Scenic Engravings, by John H. Combridge, published 1977 (reprinted from "Antiquarian horology", pamphlet, 10 pp.) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 7988] & The Keep [LIB/502344] & East Sussex Libraries

Brighton 1520-1820. From Tudor Town to Regency Resort, by S. Farrant and J. H. Farrant, published 1980 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 118, article, pp.331-350) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 7805] & The Keep [LIB/500305] & S.A.S. library

Georgian Brighton, 1740 to 1820, by Sue Farrant, published December 1980 (Occasional Paper no. 13, 60 pp., Centre for Continuing Education, University of Sussex, ISBN-10: 0904242153 & ISBN-13: 9780904242157) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/502502] & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Humphry Repton, Landscape Gardener 1752-1818, by George Carter, Patrick Goode and Kedrun Laurie, published 1982 (176 pp., Victoria & Albert Museum, ISBN-10: 0946009031 & ISBN-13: 9780946009039) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 8525]
Humphry Repton was the last of the three outstanding designers who dominated the English Landscape movement from approximately 1720 to 1820, and thereby achieved the transformation of a vast acreage of uncultivated land into the parks and gardens which were to become some of our principal legacies from the Georgian period.

Visitors to Eighteenth Century Sussex, by John H. Farrant, published September 1983 in Sussex Genealogist and Family Historian (vol. 5 no. 2, article, pp.44-52) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 9173] & The Keep [LIB/501191] & CD SXGS from S.F.H.G.
Daniel Defoe, John Warburton, Rev. John Burton, Rev. William Clarke, Rev. Dr. Richard Pococke, Sir Peter Thompson, Peter Oliver and John Byng

Georgian and Victorian Broadwater, by Ronald Kerridge and Michael Standing, published 30 November 1983 (132 pp. & illus., Chichester: Phillimore & Co. Ltd., ISBN-10: 0850335116 & ISBN-13: 9780850335118) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 8881][Lib 8850] & West Sussex Libraries

Early nineteenth century Sussex weather, by G. A. Southern, published November 1983 in The Journal of Meteorology (vol. 8, no. 83, article, pp.284-287)   Download PDF
Presented here is a tantalising glimpse of early nineteenth century Sussex weather as seen and described through the eyes of a medical practitioner resident most of his life in Lewes and Brighton. A curious example of St. Elmo's fire is described under the date of 21 October 1819

Reported Crime in Georgian Brighton c.1760-1795, by Sue Farrant, published March 1985 in Sussex Genealogist and Family Historian (vol. 6 no. 4, article, pp.148-150) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [MP 6277] & The Keep [LIB/501192] & CD SXGS from S.F.H.G.

John Marsh and Music in Georgian Chichester, by Brian Robins, published May 1985 in West Sussex History, the Journal of West Sussex Archives Society (no. 31, article, p.1) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 16404/31] & The Keep [LIB/500481]

The Court of Quarter Sessions and Larcency in Sussex, 1775-1820, by S.R. Wilson, published 1986 in Criminal Justice History (vol. 7, article, pp.73-94)

Storrington in Georgian and Victorian Times, by Joan Ham, published 1987 (published by the author) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 9942] & West Sussex Libraries

Partisan behaviour in adversity: voters in Lewes during the Reform Era, by John Phillips, published 1987 in Parliamentary History (vol. 6, no. 2, article, pp.262-279)

Life in the Georgian City, by Dan Cruickshank and Neil Burton, published 29 March 1990 (304 pp., Viking, ISBN-10: 0670812668 & ISBN-13: 9780670812660) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Georgian Lewes 1714-1830: The Heyday of a County Town, by Colin Brent, published December 1993 (246 pp., Colin Brent Books, ISBN-10: 0952242303 & ISBN-13: 9780952242307) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/503446] & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Crime and Disorder in Late Georgian Alfriston , by W. H. Johnson, published 1994 (95 pp., Downsway Books, ISBN-10: 0951856448 & ISBN-13: 9780951856444) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/501783] & East Sussex Libraries

Open fields and their disappearance in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: the evidence from Sussex, by John Chapman and Sylvia Seeliger, published 1995 in Southern History (vol. 17, article, pp.88-97)

Fuller of Sussex: a Georgian Squire, by Geoff Hutchinson, published 1 May 1997 (152 pp., published by the author, ISBN-10: 0951993666 & ISBN-13: 9780951993668) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Treats for Midhurst from the Duke of Somerset at Petworth, by F J-D [Mrs D.V.F Johnson-Davies], published December 1997 in Midhurst Magazine (Volume 10 Number 2, article, pp.21-24, Winter 1997) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 15969]
18th century records of various payments ("treats") in Midhurst, for the Duke's "friends". A number appear at election times! Discovered in the Petworth Archives by Brian Rich.

Building the Georgian City, by James Ayres, published 9 September 1998 (286 pp., Yale University Press, ISBN-10: 0300075480 & ISBN-13: 9780300075489)
Georgian architecture had its roots in the Great Fire of London in 1666. Out of that disaster grew the need for rapid redevelopment which was accomplished through standardization and the relaxation of restrictive practices in the building trades. This book investigates the decline in crafted buildings of the traditional client economies and the introduction of mass produced components which characterizeed an emerging consumerism. It is an approach which offers insights into our architectural heritiage by focusing on the traditions and innovations in the building methods of the time - the construction processes, the role of the building craftsmen, and the tools and materials they used. James Ayres describes how builders in London developed the terraced house and town centre building systems which influenced the architecture of Bath, Edinburgh, Dublin and distant Philadelphia. He takes us through the building processes craft by craft, from the work of the surveyors and labourers who established the foundations to the joiners and painters who finished the interiors. Ayres outlines the ways in which forms do not only follow functions but are also conditioned by materials and methods. He describes how, with the burgeoning industrialization of the second half of the 18th century, a separation emerged between making and designing, a division which led to the decline of the craftsman as designer. This led to a shift in power, a move from the empirical understanding of those involved in the processes of making to the theoretically based activities of architects.

Humphry Repton: Landscape Gardening and the Geography of Georgian England, by Stephen Daniels, published 11 August 1999 (318 pp., Paul Mellon Centre, ISBN-10: 0300079648 & ISBN-13: 9780300079647) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries
An examination of the career and work of Humphrey Repton, landscape gardener of later Georgian England. It charts Repton's vision of England, how his style changed and persisted over time and from place to place, how he influenced his profession, and how he fashioned his social identity.

Pleasure gardens in Georgian and Regency seaside resorts: Brighton 1750-1840, by Sue Berry, published 2000 in Garden History (vol. 28, no. 2, article, pp.222-300) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 14536] & The Keep [LIB/502414]

Georgian Chichester, by Emlyn G. Thomas, published 1 June 2000 (vol. 1, 120 pp., published by the author, ISBN-10: 0953870502 & ISBN-13: 9780953870509) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 14304] & The Keep [LIB/502611] & West Sussex Libraries

Georgian Chichester, by Emlyn G. Thomas, published September 2000 (vol. 2, 140 pp., published by the author, ISBN-10: 0953870529 & ISBN-13: 9780953870523) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries

Georgian Chichester, by Emlyn G. Thomas, published 1 January 2001 (vol. 3, 193 pp., published by the author, ISBN-10: 0953870537 & ISBN-13: 9780953870530) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 14507] & West Sussex Libraries

Pre-Georgian Lewes: c.890-1714: The Emergence of a County Town, by C. E. Brent, published 19 November 2004 (480 pp., Colin Brent Books, ISBN-10: 0952242311 & ISBN-13: 9780952242314) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/503445] & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Georgian Brighton, by Sue Berry, published 1 October 2005 (208 pp., Chichester: Phillimore & Co. Ltd., ISBN-10: 1860773427 & ISBN-13: 9781860773426) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 16429] & The Keep [LIB/503781] & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries
Brighton was a decayed seafaring town in 1740, but by 1780 it had been transformed into a prosperous seaside resort that attracted many famous people. When George, Prince of Wales made his first visit in 1783, Brighton was already a fashionable place to visit. By 1800, this resort was Britain's largest and most popular seaside watering place, remaining so well into the 20th century. Brighton emerged as a Georgian seaside resort during the key period of British resort development, between about 1730 and 1780. After 1780 Brighton had surpassed her competitors and had the full panoply of resort facilities. This charming book explores why resorts developed when they did - and why Brighton surged ahead. Between 1780 and 1820 the development of new suburbs to accommodate the influx of visitors was crucial. Without the ability to expand, Brighton would have failed to develop as a resort. From 1820, visitors' expectations changed, and the heyday of Georgian seaside resorts was at an end. This engaging narrative will interest Brighton's residents and visitors alike, and the splendidly reproduced images will evoke an era gone by for local historians everywhere.

The Building of Georgian Chichester, by Alan H. J. Green, published 1 October 2007 (Chichester: Phillimore & Co. Ltd., ISBN-10: 1860774563 & ISBN-13: 9781860774560) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Places of Worship in Georgian and Regency Brighton and Hove c1760-1840, by Sue Berry, published 2011 in The Georgian Group Journal (vol. XIX, article, pp.157-172) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/501585][Lib/502511]

The impact of the Georgians, Victorians and Edwardians on early parish churches: City of Brighton and Hove c.1680-1914, by Sue Berry, published 2011 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 149, article, pp.199-220) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 18614] & The Keep [LIB/500367] & S.A.S. library   View Online
In 1680, there were 12 medieval churches with parishes now wholly or partly within the boundaries of the City of Brighton and Hove. The parishes were Aldrington, Brighton, Falmer, Hangleton, Hove, Ovingdean, Patcham, Portslade, Preston, Rottingdean, Stanmer and West Blatchington (Fig. 1). The Georgians improved the condition of the ten churches that were in use in the early 18th century by undertaking modest repairs. They also added galleries and pews to some. From the mid 1830s the Victorians were far more radical. They re-ordered and extended four of these churches, heavily restored two without enlarging them, demolished and rebuilt four, and resurrected both the churches that had become ruins before 1680. The Victorians also removed much of the work undertaken by the Georgians. Further research will help us to understand the history of our medieval churches in Sussex during these periods, and clarify whether the range of approaches towards the care of churches found here is typical or not.

Budgenor Lodge: A Georgian Enterprise, by Guyatt, Andrew R, published 2012 (Midhurst: Middleton Press) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 18316] & West Sussex Libraries
Tracing the history of the Easebourne House of Industry, later Midhurst Union Workhouse, now a residential complex.

The Georgian provincial builder-architect and architect: Amon and Amon Henry Wilds of Lewes and Brighton, c. 1790-1850, by Sue Berry, published 2012 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 150, article, pp.162-183) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 18615] & The Keep [LIB/500368] & S.A.S. library   View Online
Provincial builders and architects designed the majority of urban buildings during the eighteenth and first half of the nineteenth centuries and therefore deserve study. Some, such as James Essex (1722-84), Owen Browne Carter (1806-1859), the Bastard family of Blandford and the Smiths of Warwick, had substantial influence within an area.1 From the later eighteenth century, provincial builder-architects and architects faced increasing competition from men trained in architectural practices in London who were particularly interested in the larger, more prestigious schemes. The Wilds moved from Lewes to Brighton when the resort was expanding rapidly; it was already far ahead of other resorts in scale and social status. Its growth attracted Charles Barry and other well-connected London architects, who were competing against each other as well as against provincial practitioners. Seen in this competitive context, self-taught provincial architects such as the Wilds were remarkably successful.

Cater Rand, an engineer in Georgian Sussex, by John H. Farrant, published 2012 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 150, article, pp.143-161) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 18615] & The Keep [LIB/500368] & S.A.S. library   View Online
Cater Rand (1749-1825), a Lewes schoolmaster with some education and continuing interest in science, practised also as an engineer, on projects ranging from training in military fortification in Ireland to equipment for life-saving from the Sussex cliffs. He concentrated, though, on land drainage, river navigation, coastal defences and harbour works in Sussex. Within the old tradition of multi-occupation surveyors, Rand with some success made the transition from work which finished up in a map, to civil engineering. But on several occasions, he found himself at odds with the emerging cadre of 'professional' consulting engineers who operated nationally.

Moulescomb and Ovingdean - two small Georgian country houses and estates, by Sue Berry, published 2013 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 151, short article) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 18616] & The Keep [LIB/507730] & S.A.S. library

At home in that 'gay bathing place'; or, representing Brighton in the early nineteenth century, by Kate Scarth, published 2017 in Romantik: Journal for the Study of Romanticisms  (vol. 4, no. 1, article, pp.49-70)