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Cowfold, Sussex

Historical Description

Cowfold, a parish in Sussex, 2 miles E of West Grinstead station on the L.B. & S.C.R., and 6½ WSW of Cuckfield. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Horsham. Acreage, 4501; population, 945. The manor is the seat of the Hoper family. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Chichester; value, £430 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of London. The church is Perpendicular English, with an earlier chancel, and has a magnificent triple-canopied brass of Nelond, prior of Lewes. The building was restored in 1877. St Hugh's monastery is a house of the Carthusian order, erected in 1883. It is a huge building of Sussex stone in the Norman style, and is the largest monastery in England. It includes a church, with a spire 180 feet high, a lay brothers' chapel, and many smaller chapels;, there is also a chapter room, a chapel of relics, refectory, and a very fine library, containing about 12,000 volumes. The whole building covers an area of 10 acres of ground. Ivorys is a chief residence.

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 
HundredWindham and Ewhurst 
Poor Law unionCuckfield 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The Parish Register of Cowfold, Sussex 1588-1812 is available to purchase on CD-ROM from the shop.

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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CountyWest Sussex
RegionSouth East
Postal districtRH13
Post TownHorsham