Discover if your ancestor was buried in East Sussex. Explore the monumental inscriptions from three cemeteries including four centuries of burials. Find where your ancestor is buried and learn significant details for your family history by reading original monumental inscriptions.

Each record comprises a transcript of the original register. The amount of information listed varies, but the records usually include a combination of the following information about your ancestor:

  • Name
  • Birth year
  • Age at death
  • Death year
  • Place
  • Inscription
  • Number in grave
  • Register reference (location)

The Birth year is determined by the age given at the time of death. In the past age was not as important as it was today and remembering a person’s exact age was not a priority. Therefore, for some records the age at death is an estimation and could affect the calculation of your ancestor’s birth year. To help search for your relative remember to use the year variation option.

Discover more about these records

The records include monumental inscriptions from three different cemeteries in Eastbourne. Ocklynge Cemetery is located in the Old Town are of Eastbourne and it is the largest of two cemeteries found within the town. The cemetery is now closed.

A second cemetery found within the records is St. Andrew situated in Jervington, a village in Eastbourne borough. The parish church is set in South Down’s National Park and has been a place of worship for over a thousand years.

Willingdon Cemetery is located at the foot of the Downs. In 2000 the town buried a Millennium Capsule in the cemetery. The capsule included booklets of local history, bus time tables, mobile phone, poems, shop receipt and much more. It will not be opened for 50 years.


Eastbourne is a large town and borough in East Sussex. It’s a famous seaside resort, located on the south coast of England. Eastbourne contains the town of Polegate, as well as the civil parishes of Willingdon and Jevington, Stone Cross, Pevensey, Westham and Pevensey Bay village. All of these form part of the Wealden district.