Registers & Census Documents
Below, you will find links to all the School Registers and a list of members of the Association
when the School closed in 2009.
In addition there are copies of Census Returns for the School for the years
1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 & 1911.
The School closed in the Summer of 1940 due to perceived danger in Brighton as a result of the Second World War. The first register below spans that period. The last entrant before the school was closed was accepted in May 1940, then there was a break, with registrations resuming in September 1946.
Census Returns for St Mary's Hall
These returns make fascinating reading. For example, there used to be a Hervey Terrace between St Mary's Hall and St Mark's Church (The Spire), which was bombed on 25th May 1943, rendering The Lodge and the houses in the Terrace only fit to be demolished making way for Elliott House and the Cookery/Theatre Block which were built around 1950. There also used to be North Cottage & South Cottage on St Mary's Hall land.
The admissions records moved to card index from circa 1975 and for data protection reasons The Keep, where these are stored, cannot give SMHA permission to photograph them. However some items from the PDF of the Archive (click here to view SMH-2) give you an idea of what is held and you can access them by visiting The Keep or, in some cases, by making an enquiry with them. Please be aware that there will be a charge for accessing items at The Keep. Check out this link for more details: http://www.thekeep.info/
SMH 6/7/1 Card index of former pupils A-J 1947-1988, SMH 6/7/2 Card index of former pupils K-Z 1947-1988
SMH 6/7/3 Card index of former pupils 1988-2003, SMH 6/7/4 Card index of leavers 2004
SMH 6/7/5 Card index of 'current girls' 2004-2009,
SMH6/9 as a whole references items available by making enquiries in person