Findon (St. John the Baptist)

FINDON (St. John the Baptist), a parish, in the union of Thakeham, hundred of Brightford, rape of Bramber, W. division of Sussex, 7 miles (W. N. W.) from Shoreham; containing 589 inhabitants. It is situated on the road from Horsham to Worthing, and comprises 4349a. 2r., of which 1477 acres are arable, 517 pasture, 150 woodland, and 2136 open down. Fairs are held on Holy-Thursday for pedlery, and on September 14th for sheep. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £13. 3. 9.; patrons and impropriators, the President and Fellows of Magdalen College, Oxford: the tithes have been commuted for £555, and the glebe comprises 50 acres. The church is in the early English style, with later insertions. On the hill called Tor Mur, several Roman urns were discovered immediately under the turf; and in the grounds of Cissbury, several unbaked urns containing coins of the Lower Empire were found, one of which is in the British Museum.

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

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