Iford (St. Nicholas)
IFORD (St. Nicholas), a parish, in the union of Newhaven, hundred of Swanborough, rape of Lewes, E. division of Sussex, 2¼ miles (S. by W.) from Lewes; containing 174 inhabitants. This parish is bounded on the east by the river Ouse, and comprises by computation 2117a. 1r. 29p., of which 513a. 1r. 23p. are arable, and the remainder down and pasture. The village is pleasantly situated, and contains some well-built houses. The living is a vicarage, with that of Kingston united, valued in the king's books at £10. 10. 2½.; the net income is £343, and the patronage and impropriation belongs to Mrs. Hurley. The church, which is in the early English style, with some remains of Norman architecture, has a tower rising from between the nave and chancel, surmounted by a spire, and contains some monuments to the Hurleys. There are some remains of an ancient fort, and on the Downs are some barrows. In the Saxon times, here was a shrine or statue of a pagan deity, called Niorde, of which the present name of the parish is a corruption.