Falmer

FALMER, a parish, in the union of Newhaven, hundred of Younsmere, rape of Lewes, E. division of Sussex, 4 miles (W. by S.) from Lewes, on the road to Brighton; containing 493 inhabitants, and comprising 4358a. 1r. 20p. The Brighton and Lewes railway intersects the parish, passing under Falmer Hill by a tunnel 502 yards in length. The living is a discharged vicarage, endowed with the rectorial tithes, with the rectory of Stanmer united; it is valued in the king's books at £6. 10. 10., and in the alternate patronage of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Earl of Chichester. The tithes have been commuted for £268, and the glebe contains 11 acres. The church, erected in 1816, was enlarged in 1840: the earl has erected a school-house near it, which will accommodate about 100 children. In the vicinity of the church was a monastery, subject to the extensive priory at Southover, near Lewes. A large pond in the village is said to have received the first carp imported into England from Normandy by the monks. Anne of Cleves, the divorced queen of Henry VIII., is supposed to have been interred here.

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

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