Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for HURSTPERPOINT

HURSTPERPOINT, a small town, a parish, and a sub-district, in Cuckfield district, Sussex. The town stands on an eminence, under the South Downs, 1½ mile WNW of Hassocks-Gate r. station, and 8 N by W of Brighton; comprises one long street; and has a head postoffice‡, a good inn, a weekly corn market on Tuesday, and a fortnightly stock market on Thursday.—The parish contains also the hamlet of Sayers-Common. Acres, 5, 046. Real property, £12, 236. Pop. in 1851, 2, 219; in 1861, 2, 558. Houses, 416. The property is subdivided. The manor was held by Earl Godwin; passed to the Fitzwarrens, the Pierrepoints, the Dacres, the Gorings, and the Shaws; and belongs now to W. J. Campion, Esq. Danny Park, Mr. Campion's seat, is a Tudor edifice; stands close under the Downs; and is surrounded with a park containing some old trees. Pakynsmans, ½ a mile W of the village, is the old house of the Borrer family. A circular camp, probably early British, is on Wolstanbury Hill, at the back of Danny Park. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Chichester. Value, £1, 000. * Patron, the Rev.Borrer. The church was rebuilt from designs by Sir Charles Barry; is in the early decorated English style; and contains some ancient monuments. The churchyard commands views eastward to Ashdown forest, and northward to Leith Hill in Surrey. There are chapels for Baptists and Wesleyans, a large middle class school, a national school, and charities £49. The middleclass school is St. John's college, in connexion with the college of Shoreham; stands about a mile E of the town; was built in 1851, at a cost of £20, 000; contains accommodation for 300 boys; and has a chapel, in the early middle pointed style, built in 1862.—The sub-district contains also six other parishes. Acres, 18, 576. Pop., 6, 158. Houses, 1, 091.


(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

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Feature Description: "a small town, a parish, and a sub-district"   (ADL Feature Type: "cities")
Administrative units: Hurstpierpoint CP/AP       Hurstpierpoint SubD       Cuckfield PLU/RegD       Sussex AncC
Place: Hurstpierpoint

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