Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for FLETCHING

FLETCHING, a village and a parish in Uckfield district, Sussex. The village stands on the river Ouse, 3½ miles NW of the Uckfield station of the Brighton, Lewes, Groomsridge, and Tunbridge-Wells railway; and has a post office under Uckfield, and a fair on the Monday before Whit-Sunday. The parish comprises 8, 463 acres. Real property, £8, 222. Pop., 2, 028. Houses, 411. The property is much subdivided. The manor belonged to Earl Godwin; passed to the Delawarres, the Nevilles, the Sackvilles, and others; and belongs now to the Earl of Sheffield. Sheffield Place, the seat of the Earl, includes some ancient portions; was, at various times, enlarged and altered, and not long ago almost entirely rebuilt; presents Gothic features, but scarcely in good taste; presents, on its exterior, the shields of the several owners of the manor since the Conquest; was the place where the historian Gibbon spent much of the latter part of his life; contains a portrait of Gibbon, by Sir Joshua; and stands in a beautiful park, embellished with noble trees. About 84 acres are under hops. There is a number of mineral springs, almost all chalybeate. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Chichester. Value, £300.* Patron, the Earl of Sheffield. The church has Norman features, but is chiefly early English; is cruciform; has a Norman tower, with a spire; contains, in the S transept, an altar-tomb with very fine brass of a Dalyngrugge of 1395, and another altar-tomb with effigies of a Leche of 1596; and has, in connexion with the N transept, the mausoleum of the Sheffield family, containing the grave of Gibbon, with a Latin inscription by Dr. Parr. The vicarage of Dane-hill is a separate benefice. There are a Baptist chapel, a national school, and charities £56.


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

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "a village and a parish"   (ADL Feature Type: "populated places")
Administrative units: Fletching AP/CP       Uckfield PLU/RegD       Sussex AncC
Place: Fletching

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