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Brightling, Sussex

Historical Description

Brightling, a parish in Sussex, in the Weald, 4 miles WSW of Robertsbridge station on the S.E.R., and 6½ NW of Battle. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office (S.O.) Acreage, 4900; population of the civil parish, 750; of the ecclesiastical, 730. Brightling Down is 650 feet high, and commands an extensive panoramic view. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Chichester; net value, £292 with residence. The church is a very ancient one, stands in a beautiful churchyard, and has a very fine peal of bells. The obelisk named the "Needle" at Brightling is the second highest point in the eastern division of Sussex, being 650 feet above the level of the sea. There is, it is said, more woodland and less arable in Brightling than in any other parish of its size in England.

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


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountySussex 
Ecclesiastical parishBrightling St. Thomas à Becket 
Poor Law unionBattle 

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CountyEast Sussex
RegionSouth East
Postal districtTN32
Post TownRobertsbridge