Place:Coates, Sussex, England

Coordinates50.952°N 0.579°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 1894-1933
Barlavington, Sussex, Englandparish in which it has been located since 1933
Chichester District, West Sussex, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Coates is a downland village and former civil parish, now part of the parish of either Barlavington (Wikipedia) or Fittleworth (A Vision of Britain through Time), in the Chichester District of West Sussex, England. Coates lies one mile (1.7 km) southwest from Fittleworth and four miles (6.8 km) southeast-by-south from Petworth. It is within the ancient divisions of the Bury Hundred and the Rape of Arundel. The village is bounded north by the Rother Navigation (a canal).

Wikipedia covers three places of general interest in the village: Anglican church of St Agatha (first recorded about 1100), Coates Manor House (seat of the Coates family), and Coates Castle (built 1820, renovated in the 21st century, home of Louisa Hamilton, Duchess of Abercorn (1812-1905)).

Because it is now part of another parish, Wikipedia does not give details of its current population.

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.
  • GENUKI on Coates
  • British History Online. A History of the County of Sussex does not cover the Bury Hundred.
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