Fairlight (St. Andrew)

FAIRLIGHT (St. Andrew), a parish, in the hundred of Guestling, union and rape of Hastings, E. division of Sussex, 3 miles (E. N. E.) from Hastings; containing 631 inhabitants. The parish comprises 2865 acres, of which 300 are waste land or common. The village occupies a hollow, near the coast of the English Channel; and the Royal Military canal terminates here. From Fairlight Downs, the highest point of which is 599 feet above the level of the sea, the views are beautiful and extensive; and in the grounds of Fairlight Place is a picturesque glen, which, with the Lover's Seat, a romantic spot overlooking the sea, is much resorted to by visiters from Hastings and St. Leonard's. Good sandstone, used for building, is found in most parts of the parish. The living is a vicarage, endowed with the rectorial tithes, valued in the king's books at £6. 9. 2., and in the gift of B. Pearse, Esq.: the tithes have been commuted for £633. 15., and the glebe comprises 20 acres, with a very handsome and spacious parsonagehouse, erected in the Tudor style, in 1839. The church, an unpretending structure in the early English style, was built in 1845: the former edifice was destroyed.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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