Billingshurst  Sussex


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Billingshurst like this:

BILLINGSHURST, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict in Petworth district, Sussex. The village stands on the Roman Stane-street, adjacent to the Mid-Sussex railway, near the Arun and Wye canal, 7 miles SW of Horsham; and has a station on the railway, a post office‡ under Horsham, and fairs on Whit-Monday and 8 Nov. ...

It probably got its name from being a settlement of the great Saxon tribe of Billing.—The parish is divided into East and West Billingshurst. Acres, 6,758. Real property, £6,234. Pop., 1,495. Houses, 296. The property is much subdivided. Gratwick House is the seat of R. Bascoby, Esq. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Chichester. Value, £170.* Patron, SirGoring, Bart. The south side of the church is very early Norman; the rest, chiefly perpendicular English. There are two dissenting chapels, a national school, and charities £7.-The subdistrict comprises three parishes. Acres, 21,072. Pop., 4,245. Houses, 832.

Billingshurst through time

Billingshurst is now part of Horsham district. Click here for graphs and data of how Horsham has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Billingshurst itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Billingshurst, in Horsham and Sussex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 13th April 2024

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