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Protestant Refugees in Sussex, by William Durrant Cooper, F.S.A., published 1861 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 13, article, pp.180-208) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2098] & The Keep [LIB/500232] & S.A.S. library   View Online

Memoir of the late Rev. John Grace, many years Minister of the Tabernacle Chapel, West Street, Brighton, written by his afflicted widow, together with a full account of the funeral service, conducted by the Rev. G. Abrahams and Rev. B. Tatham, and the three sermons preached in the Tabernacle Chapel, by the Rev. Geo. Abrahams, by Rev. George Abrahams, published 1865 (64 pp., Brighton: Chas. E. Verrall) accessible at: British Library

A brief memoir of James Jones, 45 years pastor of the Strict Baptist Church, Shovers Green, Wadhurst, Sussex. With a sermon preached September 11th, 1836. Together with various writings, letters, poems and hymns. Written by himself, by James Jones, published 1889 (viii + 267 pp., Wadhurst: Miss Betts) accessible at: British Library & East Sussex Libraries

A History of the Rise, Progress & Present Position of the Forest Fold Baptist Chapel, Crowborough, by Ebenezer Littleton, published 1898 (iv + 98 pp., London: F. Kirby) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries

Historical associations of the free churches of Tunbridge Wells, &c., 1642-1904: including Pembury, Crowborough, Forest Fold, Forest Row, Matfield Green, by Luke Pearce, published 1904 (Sidney Kiek)

West Sussex Protestation Returns, 1641-1642, by Robert Garraway Rice, published 1905 (vol. 5, Sussex Record Society) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2221][Lib 8004][Lib 8860] & The Keep [LIB/500381]

Robertson Street Congregational Church, Hastings. Jubilee year, 1906, published 1906 (132 pp., Hastings : Brooker; Brown & Woodley) accessible at: British Library

A Memorial of Mr. George Frost, for twenty-one years pastor of Rehoboth Baptist Chapel, Jarvis Brook, Sussex., by George Frost, published 1906 (viii + 95 pp., London: Farncombe & Son) accessible at: British Library & East Sussex Libraries

Robertson Street Congregational Church, Hastings: jubilee year, 1906, by Charles New, published 1906 (132 pp., Hastings: Brooker) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries

A Jubilee of Ministerial Mercies; or 55 Years' Labour in the Vineyard, by Ebenezer Littleton, published 1908 (156 pp., London: Farncombe & Son) accessible at: British Library
Being the autobiography of Mr E Littleton (Minister of the Gospel). Written after nearly forty-one years of my ministry at Forest Fold Baptist Chapel, Crowborough

Return of Conventicles in Sussex, 1669, and King Charles' Licences for Nonconformists, 1672, by Rev. Canon J. H. Cooper, Vicar of Cuckfield, published 1908 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 51, article, pp.1-13) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2136] & The Keep [LIB/500269] & S.A.S. library   View Online

Lewes Nonconformity in the Early Eighteenth Century, by J. E. Ray, published 1908 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 51, notes & queries, pp.183-186) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2136] & The Keep [LIB/500269] & S.A.S. library   View Online

Licenses for Nonconformists in South Malling Deanery, by Walter C. Renshaw, published 1911 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 54, notes & queries, p.273) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2139] & The Keep [LIB/500272] & S.A.S. library   View Online

A golden candlestick: or, Methodism in Eastbourne, by C.C., published 1913 (56 pp., Eastbourne: W.H. Christian) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries

The Story of the Beginnings of Nonconformity in Arundel, by Rev. Cyril H. Valentine, published 1922 (pamphlet, Fisher Knight & Co.) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 10436] & West Sussex Libraries

These Hundred Years - The Story of the United Methodist Church in Brighton and Hove, by Lewis H. Court, published 1923 (60 pp., Brighton) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/502437]

A Surrey and Sussex Border Church: reminiscences of old-time Baptist assemblies at Turner's Hill, Horley, and district, 1650-1840, by T. R. Hooper, published 1925 (76 pp., Rushden: Stanley L. Hunt) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 8772] & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Wedded in Prison, by Maude Robinson, published 1925 (Swarthmore Press) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 14700] & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries
West Sussex Quaker stories

Hamlets in Surrey and Sussex, published 1925 in Baptist Quarterly (2(7), article, pp.324-329)

General Baptists in Surrey and Sussex: 1, Lewes-Ditchling, published 1928 in Baptist Quarterly (4(2), article, pp.66-73)

A Sussex lay preacher seeing camp meetings in America, published 1929 in Baptist Quarterly (4(7), article, pp.317-326)

John Wesley and his Sussex Friends. I - Rye and Winchelsea, by Edmund Austen, published 1930 in Sussex County Magazine (vol. IV no. 7, article, pp.586-594) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2308][Lib 2309] & The Keep [LIB/500173]

John Wesley and his Sussex Friends. II - Northiam, Robertsbridge and Ewhurst, by Edmund Austen, published 1930 in Sussex County Magazine (vol. IV no. 8, article, pp.655-661) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2308][Lib 2309] & The Keep [LIB/500173]

1832-1932. A History of the Rise, Progress and Present Position of Forest Fold Baptist Chapel, Crowborough, by S. Delves, published 1932 (47 pp., C. J. Farncombe & Sons Ltd.) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries   View Online

Old Wesley Methodist Church, Bourne Street, Hastings: centenary 1834-1934: programme of celebrations, published 1934 (32 pp.) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries

The Story of the Lewes Baptists, by Edgar B. Keeble, published 1934 (32 pp., Lewes: W. E. Baxter) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries

John Wesley at Rottingdean, by Edmund Austen, published May 1935 in Sussex Notes & Queries (vol. V no. 6, query, p.189) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2204][Lib 8223][Lib 8862] & The Keep [LIB/500207] & S.A.S. library

Norman Road Methodist Church, St Leonards-on--Sea: centenary souvenir, published 1936 (16 pp.) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries

Extracts from Eastgate and Baffin's Lane Chapels, Chichester, Sussex, compiled by William Harold Challen, published 1939 (Carshalton) accessible at: British Library

A brief History of the Strict Baptist Church Meeting at Rehoboth, New Street, Horsham, by W. R. Scott, published 1946 (pamphlet) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 6433]

The History of the Old Meeting House, Ditchling. A Unitarian and Free Christian church of General Baptist foundation, by Florence Annabella Macrae, published 1950 (17 pp., Hurstpierpoint Press) accessible at: British Library & West Sussex Libraries

The Strict Baptist Chapels of England. Vol 2 - The Chapels of Sussex, by Ralph Chambers, published 1953 (138 pp., published by the author) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/502172] & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

William Allen, 1770-1843, member of the Society of Friends, by Helena Hall, published 1953 (Haywards Heath: Charles Clarke) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2954] & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries
Review by F. B. S. [F. B. Stevens] in Sussex Notes and Queries, May 1955:
Many of us who are familiar with Lindfield and its surroundings were vaguely aware that a Quaker named Allen had been responsible for a colony of smallholders which came to be known as "America" - and incidentally gave its name to New England Road, Haywards Heath. But until the recent publication of this book by our member Miss Helena Hall few of us realised the wide scope of his work at Lindfield, and the prominent part he played in national and international affairs.
In her most interesting life of Allen Miss Hall naturally devotes much of her space to his eight continental journeys, his frequent meetings with the Emperor Alexander of Russia, his intimate concern with the financial embarrassments of the Duke of Kent (but for his timely aid Queen Victoria would probably have been born in Germany), his contacts with the Duke of Wellington, and his founding of the firm of Allen and Hanbury. The book, however, has a special interest for Sussex readers by reason of the account given of the founding of an industrial school and the "Colony" at Lindfield. Miss Hall tells how when William Allen first came to Lindfield in 1824 he found a village with no school, and much poverty and bad housing. With the assistance of the Earl of Chichester, the Lord of the Manor, he set up an "industrial" school, where the curriculum included much practical work, such as farm work and printing for boys, weaving, spinning and knitting for girls, and straw plaiting for infants.
In the formation of the colony Allen was helped by Lord Chichester and also by John Smith, M.P., of Dale Park, Madehurst, who purchased the Gravelye Estate of a hundred acres. Upon it were built 18 cottages for labourers, each with an acre and a quarter of garden, and seven cottages for smallholders, each with six acres of land attached. Allen also built a house for himself on the estate where he lived - apart from his frequent journeyings - until he died there in 1843.
The "colony" was still a feature of the district in the early years of the present century, but has now unfortunately been almost obliterated by building developments. Two of the smallholders cottages, however, are still standing. The School was maintained until 1881, when a School Board was established for the parish and a new school erected. The actual school no longer exists, but the dormitories and workshops have been more fortunate and the cottages into which they have been converted are still a pleasing feature on the north of the road at the western end of the Common.
Miss Hall is to be congratulated on her narrative of the life and work of one who may rightly be regarded as a "Sussex Worthy."

Horsham Baptist Church, Diamond Jubilee, 1894-1954, published 1954 (pamphlet, Horsham Baptist Church) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 6432]

Worthing Congregational Church, Triple Jubilee 1804-1954, published 1954 (pamphlet) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 16575]

Story of the Cokelers in West Sussex, by John Montgomery, published 1961 (pamphlet) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 8730]

Original Records of Nonconformity in Sussex, by N. Caplan, published May 1961 in Sussex Notes & Queries (vol. XV no. 7, article, pp.217-221) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 8233] & The Keep [LIB/500217] & S.A.S. library

Kent and Sussex Baptist Associations, by Frank Buffard, published 1963 (Faversham, Kent) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries
Abstract:
Baptist Association life in Kent and Sussex began more than three hundred years ago when the General Baptist churches of Kent united for form the "Kentish Association". The story of the developments which followed provides a fascinating picture of Baptist life in Kent and Sussex through three centuries.

The Methodist Revival, by N. Caplan, published May 1963 in Sussex Notes & Queries (vol. XVI no. 1, article, pp.6-12) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 8234] & The Keep [LIB/500218] & S.A.S. library

A Methodist tapestry. Waterloo Square Methodist Church, Bognor Regis, 1810-1967, published 1967 (36 pp.) accessible at: British Library

Chichester Congregational Church: Landmarks of Two Hundred Years, by Robert H. Smith, published 1971 (pamphlet) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 8418]

An Index to East Sussex Parish Records, Non-Conformist Records & Monumental Inscriptions, 1275-1870, by Michael J Burchall, published 1974 (pamphlet) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 3637]

Lewes Non-conformist registers : Westgate Chapel, Independent Tabernacle, Bethesda Chapel, published 1975 (44 pp., Manuscripts of Sussex for the Sussex Family History Group) accessible at: British Library

East Sussex Protestation, 1641 - Alfriston, Newhaven, Ringmer and Whatlington, published December 1975 in Sussex Family Historian (vol. 2 no. 3, article, pp.84-89) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 7966] & The Keep [LIB/501254] & CD SFH40 from S.F.H.G.

Religious Dissent in Sussex c1829, by N. Caplan, published 1976 in Journal of the United Reformed Church History Society (vol. 1, no. 7, article, pp.197-203) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 6148]

Evidence of Protestant Dissent in Sussex Parishes, by Neil Caplan, published December 1976 in Sussex Family Historian (vol. 2 no. 7, article, pp.234-236) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 7966] & The Keep [LIB/501254] & CD SFH40 from S.F.H.G.

Sussex Non-Conformist Registers, vol 1, by Michael Burchall, published 1977 (pamphlet) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 6625]

Sussex Non-Conformist Registers, vol 2, by Michael J. Burchall, published 1977 accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 12119]

Methodism in a Cathedral City, Southgate Methodist Church, Chichester, 1877-1977, by John Vickers and Hilary Vickers, published 1977 (pamphlet, iv + 32 pp., Chichester: Southgate Centenary Committee, 1977) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 6360] & British Library & West Sussex Libraries

Association life in Kent and Sussex, 1770-1950, by E. Bruce Hardy, published 1977 in Baptist Quarterly (27(4), article, pp.173-187)

Evidence of Protestant Dissent in Sussex Parishes - II, by Neil Caplan, published March 1977 in Sussex Family Historian (vol. 2 no. 8, article, pp.272-273) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 7966] & The Keep [LIB/501254] & CD SFH40 from S.F.H.G.

The Methodist Church, Greenfield Road, Eastbourne, 1898-1978, published 1978 (16 pp.) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries

Sussex Non-Conformist Registers, vol 3, by Michael J. Burchall, published 1978 accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 12120]

Worthing Baptist Church, Christchurch Road: centenary 1878-1978, by S. J. McAuslane, published 1978 (15 pp., Worthing Baptist Church) accessible at: R.I.B.A. Library & West Sussex Libraries

Sussex Non-Conformist Registers, vol 4, by Michael J. Burchall, published 1979 (pamphlet) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 12121]

Sussex Non-Conformist Registers, vol 5, by Michael J. Burchall, published 1979 accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 12122]

A History of Steyning Methodist Church, by John Norwood, published 1979 (Steyning Methodist Church Council) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 10624] & West Sussex Libraries

The Sussex Cokelers, by BrianSpence, published January 1979 in West Sussex History, the Journal of West Sussex Archives Society (no. 12, article, p.3) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 16404/12] & The Keep [LIB/500479]

Methodism in the Western Weald, by Ella Breame, published 1 May 1979 (52 pp., Midhurst Methodist Church, ISBN-10: 0950662208 & ISBN-13: 9780950662206) accessible at: British Library & West Sussex Libraries

The Calvinist Methodists & the work of the Countess of Huntingdon in Sussex, by Neil Caplan, published June 1979 in Sussex Genealogist and Family Historian (vol. 1 no. 1, article, pp.4-10) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 17603] & The Keep [LIB/501187] & CD SXGS from S.F.H.G.

St Leonards Baptist Church, 1880-1980: a history, by Kenneth N. Kirby, published 1980 (104 pp., The Author) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries

Sussex Non-Conformist Registers, vol 6 Index, by Michael J. Burchall, published c.1981 accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 12123]

Principal George Jeffreys and the pentecostal revival, by Roger Homan, published 1981 (8 pp., Chichester Diocesan Fund and Board of Finance) accessible at: British Library & West Sussex Libraries

Methodism in East Grinstead, by W. H. Irvine, published 1981 (pamphlet, East Grinstead Methodist Church) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 7749] & West Sussex Libraries

The Reverend Dr Reginald John Campbell, Anglican Dissenter, by John A. H. Wylie, published 1981 (pamphlet) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 7801]

Puritanism in seventeenth century Sussex, by A. J. Fletcher, published July 1981 in Studies in Sussex Church History (edited by M. J. Kitch, pp.141-156, London: Leopard's Head Press & The University of Sussex, ISBN-10: 0904920038 & ISBN-13: 9780904920031) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

"Age of miracles": the Pentecostal revival in Sussex, by R. Homan, published July 1981 in Studies in Sussex Church History (edited by M. J. Kitch, pp.223-242, London: Leopard's Head Press & The University of Sussex, ISBN-10: 0904920038 & ISBN-13: 9780904920031) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Records of the General Baptist Meeting House, Horsham, Sussex: Vol 2 Trust Deeds, by Leonard J. Maquire, published 1982 accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 8374]

A Bibliography for the History of Protestant Dissent in Sussex: Some sources available in Dr. Williams's Library, published June 1982 in Sussex Genealogist and Family Historian (vol. 4 no. 1, article, pp.31-38) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 8893] & The Keep [LIB/501190] & CD SXGS from S.F.H.G.

Contributors to the Relief of Irish Protestants 1642, published September 1982 in Sussex Genealogist and Family Historian (vol. 4 no. 2, article, pp.71-72) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 8893] & The Keep [LIB/501190] & CD SXGS from S.F.H.G.

East Sussex Contributors to the Relief of Irish Protestants, 1642, compiled by M. J. Burchall, published 1984 (Occasional Papers No. 10, pamphlet, 80 pp., Sussex Genealogical Centre) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 9096] & The Keep [LIB/501287]

No Discouragement: the Development of West Worthing Baptist Church, 1885-1988, by Gladys Dunning, published 1985 (pamphlet) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 10063] & West Sussex Libraries

Year Book, Sussex Baptist Association, published 1986 (booklet) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 9626]

Norman Road Methodist Church, St. Leonards-on-Sea 1836-1986, published 1986 (Norman Road Methodist Church) accessible at: British Library

Wellington Square Baptist Church, Hastings: 1836 to 1986, published 1986 (9 pp.) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries

A history of the Victoria Baptist Church, Eastbourne 1926-1986, by Ian Doling, published 1986 (16 pp.) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries

A history of Hollington Methodist Church 1887-1987, published 1987 (34 pp.) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries

From Parsons to Pastors: Early Non-Conformity in Arundel, by Alison Prescott, published 1987 (pamphlet, 31 pp., Arundel Baptist Church) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 9977] & The Keep [LIB/502417] & British Library & West Sussex Libraries

Methodism in Sussex, and its influence in the life of the community, 1756-1900, by Rowland C. Swift, published 1987 (pamphlet, published by the author) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 9755] & The Keep [LIB/502082] & West Sussex Libraries

Holland Road Baptist Church, Hove, by Jackie Edgell, published 1988 (35 pp., Smallprint) accessible at: British Library

The Baptist Meeting House, Cuckfield: Trust Deeds 1772-1905, by Leonard J. Maquire, published 1988 (pamphlet) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 11883]

Sussex Believers: Baptist Marriage in the 17th and 18th Centuries, by John Caffyn, published May 1988 (319 pp., Churchman Publishing Ltd., ISBN-10: 1850930600 & ISBN-13: 9781850930600) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 9976] & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

The Saints Before: A History of the Shoreham Society of Methodists and Their Wesley Church, compiled by Norman Davies, published 1990 (pamphlet, 112 pp., Shoreham-By-Sea Methodist Church) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 10813] & West Sussex Libraries

Burials in Sussex, by Alan Ruston, published 1991 in Transactions of the Unitarian Historical Society (vol. 20, no. 1, article, p.211)

'A Bumping Pitch and a Blinding Light': Henry Manning and the Other Religion, by Timothy J McCann, published 1992 (offprint) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 11854]

Billingshurst General Baptist Meeting House, by Peter Evershed, published April 1992 in West Sussex History, the Journal of West Sussex Archives Society (no. 49, article, p.31) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 16404/49] & The Keep [LIB/500483]

The Sussex "Dependents" or "Cokelers", by Ronald Tibble, published October 1992 in West Sussex History, the Journal of West Sussex Archives Society (no. 50, article, p.19) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 16404/50] & The Keep [LIB/500483]

Uckfield Congregational Church : an account of the years 1866-1972 , by Derek Thorogood, published 1994 (96 pp., Framfield: The author, ISBN-13: 9780952453109) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries

Puritan Intrusion in the Rother Valley, by Roger Chatterton-Newman, published April 1994 in West Sussex History, the Journal of West Sussex Archives Society (no. 53, article, p.11) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 16404/53] & The Keep [LIB/500483]

The Loseley list of 'Sussex Martyrs': a Commission of Enquiry into the fate of their Assets and the Development of the Sussex Protestant Martyrology, by A. S. Gratwick and Christopher Whittick, published 1995 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 133, article, pp.225-240) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 13209] & The Keep [LIB/500288] & S.A.S. library

Then and Now: Baptists in Chichester 1648-1994, by Peter Reginald Thatcher, published 1 June 1995 (pamphlet, 112 pp., Chichester Baptist Church, ISBN-10: 095253570X & ISBN-13: 9780952535706) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 12918][Lib 13701] & British Library & West Sussex Libraries

A history of Jireh Chapel, Lewes, by James E. North, published 1996 (24 pp., Windmill Hill: Huntingtonian Press) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries
A Free Presbyterian church.

New life still flows . .': a history of Methodism in Hove to celebrate the centenary of Hove Methodist Church 1896-1996, by Colin A. Smith and Peter B. Nurcombe, published 1996 (95 pp., ISBN-13: 9781858520728) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries

The Struggle for a Protestant Reformation 1553-1564, by Peter Wilkinson, published 1 January 1999 in An Historical Atlas of Sussex (pp.52-53, Chichester: Phillimore & Co. Ltd, ISBN-10: 1860771122 & ISBN-13: 9781860771125) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 14026][Lib 18777] & The Keep [LIB/501686][LIB/508903] & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Some Eastgate, Chichester, Baptists, by Peter Evershed, published September 1999 in Sussex Family Historian (vol. 13 no. 7, article, pp.254-256) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 14880] & The Keep [LIB/508822] & CD SFH40 from S.F.H.G.
Preview:
Inscriptions from seven flagstones

Innkeeper's Wife & Strict Baptist, by Penny Norfolk, published September 2000 in Sussex Family Historian (vol. 14 no. 3, article, p.106) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 14881] & The Keep [LIB/508823] & CD SFH40 from S.F.H.G.
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The search for the author's great-grandmother Ann Roberts - singer, midwife, publican's wife and Strict Baptist - who married Walter Stevens

The chapel on the hill: a short history of Sedlescombe United Reformed Church, by Roy D. Smith, published 2004 (40 pp. 2nd ed with appendices of church records.) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries

Puritan Names in Heathfield and Warbleton (Sussex) Parish Registers, by H. M. Whittle, published 2004 in Genealogists' Magazine (vol. 28, part 2, article, pp.54-56)

Crawley Baptist, by T. Tilley, published 2004 in Church Building (Issue 85, article, pp.60-64)

A Glimpse into the Past 100 Years of Baptist Worship in Upper Beeding, by Diana R Durden, published 2005 (leaflet) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 15528][Lib 11942]

The role of soldiers in the origins of Wesleyan Methodism in Brighton and other towns on the Sussex Coast, by Michael R. Hickman, published 2005 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 143, article, pp.257-266) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 15610] & The Keep [LIB/500361] & S.A.S. library   View Online
Abstract:
Methodism spread in England fairly unevenly and by different means. The most common ways in which Methodist societies began were through the journeys of the Wesleys, the preaching of their assistants and the arrival into an area of Methodist families who brought their faith with them. Methodism in the coastal towns of Sussex had a very unusual origin in that it was Methodists in the army who were the main or contributory founders of Methodist societies along the coast from Chichester to Bexhill and at towns like Lewes. This article looks at the role of soldiers, especially those in the Militia, in establishing and sustaining these Methodist societies, focusing on their role in Brighton. It shows that it was not until the legal changes in 1803, which allowed Methodists and others to worship freely on Sundays, that Methodist soldiers could found or support Methodist societies on such a scale.

A Story to Tell - 200 Years of Methodism in Brighton and Hove, by Michael R. Hickman, Paul Harrington and Shirley Veater, published 2007 (160 pp., Brighton and Hove Methodist Circuit, ISBN-10: 0955650607 & ISBN-13: 9780955650604) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/502418]

London Road Methodist Church, Horsham 1832 - 2007, by Sue Checkland, published c.2008 (72 pp., London Road Methodist Church) accessible at: British Library & West Sussex Libraries

A Church with a Mission: The History of Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Brighton and the Dome Mission, by Michael R. Hickman and illustrated by Shirley Veater, published 28 September 2008 (200 pp., Brighton and Hove Methodist Circuit, ISBN-10: 0955650615 & ISBN-13: 9780955650611) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/502512]

Sussex Nonconformists Registers, compiled by Michael Burchall, published 2011 by Parish Register Transcription Society (Ref: SXNC, CD-ROM) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/504794]
Abstract:
Over 50 Sussex Nonconformist Chapel pre-1837 Registers - mainly baptisms and burials - transcribed by Michael Burchall from 1977. Set out in alphabetical order by place, then date

Pillars of the Primitive Methodist Church, by Peter Foreman, published December 2011 in Sussex Family Historian (vol. 19 no. 8, article, pp.380-383) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 15860] & The Keep [LIB/508849] & CD SFH40 from S.F.H.G.
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When I started researching my ancestors I had no trouble tracing my father's Horsham forebears through the censuses back to 1841 and beyond through other sources. Both my parents died many years ago and I knew very little about my mother's family apart from having a vague idea that a Methodist minister was in the branches of her tree somewhere.
My mother's parents were William SMITH and Eva May DENNES but they both died before I was born. I was able to locate and trace my grandmother's family back to her grandfather William PIKE, 1805-1886, who was the subject of an article I wrote for the March 2010 issue of Sussex Family Historian. My grandmother Eva May was the daughter of Fanny PIKE, who was born in Hastings in 1852, and Thomas DENNES, a blacksmith, who was born in Hailsham in 1851.

The Methodist Road to Battle: some early history of Methodism in Rye and East Sussex leading to the tale of Battle Methodist Church, 1756-2013, by Keith D. Foord, published 2 June 2013 (96 pp., Battle Methodist church, ISBN-10: 0956959717 & ISBN-13: 9780956959713) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/505827] & British Library & Battle & District Historical Society & East Sussex Libraries

Winchelsea Historic Methodist Chapel: Including Some Early History of Winchelsea and Wesleyan Methodism in South-East Sussex, by Keith D. Foord, published 8 November 2013 (64 pp., Battle Methodist church, ISBN-10: 0956959725 & ISBN-13: 9780956959720) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/507819] & British Library & East Sussex Libraries

Sussex Protestantism and the construction of martyrdom, by Paul Quinn, published 17 September 2014 in Art, Literature and Religion in Early Modern Sussex: Culture and Conflict (Chapter 8., Routledge, ISBN-10: 1409457036 & ISBN-13: 9781409457039)

My Search for Baptist Ancestors, by Don Burgess, published March 2015 in Sussex Family Historian (vol. 21 no. 5, article, pp.240-247) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 15860] & The Keep [LIB/508855]
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My 3x Great Grandfather, John BURGESS, was born, it is believed, in 1757 in Heathfield to one Thomas BURGESS, who was a tenant farmer in the locality. Belonging to a family with strong links for several generations to the General Baptist cause, there is of course no record of the baptisms of John or any of his four brothers and five sisters. Baptists believe in "believers' baptism", and as a consequence they are mostly baptised as young men and women when they are old enough to profess their faith and join their local church. This makes it difficult to fit them into a family tree, as early records of such events, if they ever existed, have long since been lost, although there are a very few exceptions in records held at the National Archives.

Matthew Caffyn Revisited: Cooperation, Christology, and Controversy in the Life of an Influential Seventeenth-Century Baptist, by Alex Carver, published 2016 in Baptist quarterly (vol. 47, no. 2, article, pp.44-64) accessible at: British Library
Abstract:
Matthew Caffyn (1628-1714) is most prominently remembered as a divisive personality who spread unorthodox beliefs about the Trinity and person of Christ among seventeenth-century General Baptists, eventually causing a denominational schism in 1696. However, these memorable features of Caffyn's career do not adequately characterize his place in Baptist history. Important details regarding the doctrinal controversies surrounding Matthew Caffyn have been inadequately treated in the secondary literature, largely because Baptist historians have overlooked Caffyn's early years of involvement in the General Baptist community. I trace the origins and development of Caffyn's doctrinal disputes, focussing particularly on the progression from Caffyn's initial cooperation with other General Baptist leaders to his later controversies with the same ministers. Finally, I demonstrate that Matthew Caffyn was a well-connected, influential minister, especially in Kent and Sussex, and that he remained so even as he became an increasingly polarizing figure on the national stage.

Records of the Society of Friends deposited in East Sussex Record Office, published (no date) (pamphlet, East Sussex Record Office) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 5436]

The History of Cuckfield Baptist Chapel 1772-1984, by Marian Hogwood, published (no date) (pamphlet) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 10132]