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Ardingly, Sussex

Historical Description

Ardingly, a parish in Sussex, on the L.B. & S.C.R., 36 miles from London, and 3 NE of Cuckfield. It includes the hamlet of Hapsted, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office. Acreage, 3842; population, 1280. Wakehurst Place, a short distance NE of the church, was formerly the seat of the Wakehursts and the Culpeppers. The mansion was built in 1590 by one of the Culpeppers, and is a picturesque structure, stained with lichens. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Chichester; value, £466. The church is very old, but has been restored, and contains brasses to the families of Wakehurst and Culpepper. A Congregational chapel was built in 1886. A reading-room is open during the winter, and a recreation ground has been presented by the Marchioness of Downshire and Lord Arthur Hill. The parish contains a great lower middle school, called Ardingly College. The buildings of the college were completed in 1869, are in the First Pointed style, and comprise two quadrangles.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


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Ancient CountySussex 
Poor Law unionCuckfield 

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DistrictMid Sussex
CountyWest Sussex
RegionSouth East
Postal districtRH17
Post TownHaywards Heath