Framfield (St. Thomas Becket)

FRAMFIELD (St. Thomas à Becket), a parish, in the union of Uckfield, hundred of Loxfield-Dorset, rape of Pevensey, E. division of Sussex, 2 miles (S. E.) from Uckfield; containing 1434 inhabitants. It comprises by computation 6700 acres, whereof about 2450 are arable, 1550 meadow and pasture, 1500 common, 1000 woodland, and 200 hop and garden grounds. The surface is boldly diversified with hills, and intersected by various nameless streams, one of which gives motion to three large mills: the soil is in part sandy, in part clayey, and there is much gravel covered with thin light mould. Here are quarries of sandstone; and iron-works were formerly carried on. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £13. 6. 8.; patrons, the Hoare family; impropriator, J. Fuller, Esq.: the great tithes have been commuted for £465, and the vicarial for £590; and the glebe comprises 42 acres. The church is a handsome cruciform structure, in the early and decorated English styles. A school is supported by endowment.

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

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