Hellingly (St. Peter and St. Paul)

Hellingly (St. Peter and St. Paul), a parish, in the union of Hailsham, hundred of Dill, rape of Pevensey, E. division of Sussex, 2 miles (N. by W.) from Hailsham; containing 1675 inhabitants. The roads from London to Eastbourne, and from Lewes to Hastings, both pass through the village. The only event of historical importance in reference to the parish, is the martyrdom of its Protestant minister, John Milles, who was burned at the stake at Lewes, in 1557. The ancient manor-house of the Horsehinges is still remaining, with the moat by which it was surrounded; and the interior displays some fine specimens of carved work. Fairs for cattle are held on the 9th of May and 29th of September. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king's books at £6. 16. 8.; net income, £344; patron, the Earl of Chichester; impropriator, J. Calverley, Esq., whose tithes have been commuted for £658: the glebe comprises 60 acres. The church is in the early and later English styles, with a tower which was rebuilt in 1836, when 112 additional sittings were obtained. There are places of worship for Wesleyans and Calvinists. A detached portion of the parish is situated in the liberty of Ralpshurst, in the hundred of Danehill-Horsted. The union workhouse for able-bodied men and children was erected here in 1837.

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

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