Place:Bury, Sussex, England

Alt namesWest Burtonsource: village in parish
Coordinates50.909°N 0.563°W
Located inSussex, England
Also located inWest Sussex, England     (1865 - )
See alsoArundel Rape, Sussex, Englandrape in which it was located
Bury Hundred, Sussex, Englandhundred in which it was located
Petworth Rural, Sussex, Englandrural district 1894-1974
Chichester District, West Sussex, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
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source: Family History Library Catalog
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Bury is a village and civil parish in the Chichester District of West Sussex, England. It is located on the A29 road, around 5 miles (8 km) southwest of Pulborough.

The villages of Bury and West Burton (also in the parish) are sited at the foot of the scarp slope of the South Downs, where springs from the chalk strata provided a constant supply of clean water. The Anglican parish church of St. John the Evangelist lies east of Bury village centre on the west bank of the River Arun. The church is dominated by a 12th century tower with a cedar-shingled spire. There was formerly a passenger ferry by rowing boat to Amberley on the east bank.

There are many old houses in the village and a large modern village hall. There is one pub, the Squire and Horse, beside the A29 road. Bury House close to the pub was the home of author John Galsworthy (1867-1933) for the final seven years of his life.

West Burton, across some fields to the west, is smaller than Bury and has many interesting old houses.

The parish has a land area of 1315 hectares (3247 acres). In the 2001 UK census 691 people lived in 264 households. By the 2011 UK Census there was a reduction in population to 642.

Research Tips

  • The West Sussex Record Office is located in Chichester. Because it holds the records of the Church of England Diocese of Chichester, which covers the whole of Sussex, it has church records relating to both parts of Sussex.
  • An on-line catalogue for some of the collections held by the West Sussex Record Office is available under the Access to Archives (A2A) project (a nationwide facility housed at The National Archives, Kew).
  • West Sussex Past - database of 2 million records from West Sussex heritage organizations.
  • The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies' Sussex Collection (PDF). This is a 9-page PDF naming the files relating to Sussex in their collection-a possible first step in a course of research.
  • The National Library of Scotland has a website which provides maps taken from the Ordnance Survey England & Wales One-Inch to the Mile series of 1892-1908 as well as equivalent maps for Scotland itself. The immediate presentation is a "help" screen and a place selection screen prompting the entry of a location down to town, village or parish level. These screens can be removed by a click of the "X". The map is very clear and shows parish and county boundaries and many large buildings and estates that existed at the turn of the 20th century. Magnification can be adjusted and an "overlay feature" allows inspection of the area today along with that of 1900. The specific map from the series can be viewed as a whole ("View this map") and this allows the inspection of the map legend (found in the left hand bottom corner. Becoming familiar with the various facilities of these maps is well worth the trouble.
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