Hurst-Pierrepoint (St. Lawrence)

HURST-PIERREPOINT (St. Lawrence), a parish, in the union of Cuckfield, hundred of Buttinghill, rape of Lewes, E. division of Sussex, 9 miles (N.) from Brighton; containing 2118 inhabitants. The parish comprises 4989a. 30p., of which 2453 acres are arable, 1711 pasture, 21 in orchards, and 281 woodland. The village stands on an acclivity, and consists of one long street, containing many very good and handsome houses; it is situated between the two great Brighton roads, and the road from Crouch-hill to Lewes by way of Ditchelling passes through it. A market for corn is held on Tuesday, and a fair on the 1st of May. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £15. 9. 4½., and in the patronage of N. Borrer, Esq.: the rectorial tithes have been commuted for £1000, and the impropriate for £25; there are 5 acres of glebe. The late church, erected in the reign of Edward III., having been removed, a new edifice was completed in May, 1845; it is a spacious and beautiful building, 122 feet long, and cost upwards of £7000. The Independents and Wesleyans have each a place of worship. A national school is supported by endowment amounting to £36 per annum, and by subscription; and there are several charitable institutions. The union workhouse is situated at Hurst-Pierrepoint. Dr. Swale, rector of the parish, and who was buried here, was tutor to Prince Henry, eldest son of James I.

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

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