Hurstpierpoint  Sussex


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Hurstpierpoint like this:

HURSTPERPOINT, a small town, a parish, and a sub-district, in Cuckfield district, Sussex. The town stands on an eminence, under the South Downs, 1½ mile WNW of Hassocks-Gate r. station, and 8 N by W of Brighton; comprises one long street; and has a head postoffice‡, a good inn, a weekly corn market on Tuesday, and a fortnightly stock market on Thursday.—The parish contains also the hamlet of Sayers-Common. ...

Acres, 5, 046. Real property, £12, 236. Pop. in 1851, 2, 219; in 1861, 2, 558. Houses, 416. The property is subdivided. The manor was held by Earl Godwin; passed to the Fitzwarrens, the Pierrepoints, the Dacres, the Gorings, and the Shaws; and belongs now to W. J. Campion, Esq. Danny Park, Mr. Campion's seat, is a Tudor edifice; stands close under the Downs; and is surrounded with a park containing some old trees. Pakynsmans, ½ a mile W of the village, is the old house of the Borrer family. A circular camp, probably early British, is on Wolstanbury Hill, at the back of Danny Park. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Chichester. Value, £1, 000. * Patron, the Rev.Borrer. The church was rebuilt from designs by Sir Charles Barry; is in the early decorated English style; and contains some ancient monuments. The churchyard commands views eastward to Ashdown forest, and northward to Leith Hill in Surrey. There are chapels for Baptists and Wesleyans, a large middle class school, a national school, and charities £49. The middleclass school is St. John's college, in connexion with the college of Shoreham; stands about a mile E of the town; was built in 1851, at a cost of £20, 000; contains accommodation for 300 boys; and has a chapel, in the early middle pointed style, built in 1862.—The sub-district contains also six other parishes. Acres, 18, 576. Pop., 6, 158. Houses, 1, 091.

Hurstpierpoint through time

Hurstpierpoint is now part of Mid Sussex district. Click here for graphs and data of how Mid Sussex has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Hurstpierpoint itself, go to Units and Statistics.

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Hurstpierpoint in Mid Sussex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 30th September 2023

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