Ditchling or Ditchelling, a village and a parish in Sussex. The village stands near the Roman road to Pevensey, 1½ mile E of Hassocks Gate station on the L.B. & S.C.R., and 3 miles ESE of Hurstpierpoint. It was once a market-town, and has now a post and money order office under Hassocks (R.S.O.); telegraph office, Keymer. The parish comprises 4265 acres; population, 1226. Ditchling Beacon is the highest ground of the South chalk downs of Sussex; has an altitude of 858 feet avove sea-level; is crowned with remains of a square camp, probably Roman; and commands a very extensive and grand view. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Chichester; value, £384 with residence, in the gift of trustees. The church is cruciform, partly Transition Norman, partly Early English. There is a Unitarian chapel, a workhouse, and a working men's club. St George's Retreat is a Roman Catholic institution for the insane, founded and erected in 1870. The Cottage Homes of the lightermen and watermen of the river Thames are about half a mile from the village, and consist of a block of 12 cottages erected in 1889-90. There is also a convalescent home in connection with the Sussex County Hospital. The village is noted for its healthy dry soil and splendid air.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Ditchelling St. Margaret|
|Poor Law union||Chailey|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Ditchling from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Ditchelling, or Ditchling (St. Margaret))
Online maps of Ditchling are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
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- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
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