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Hurstpierpoint, Sussex

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HURSTPIERPOINT is a parish and small market town, a mile and a half west from Hassock's Gate station, 43 miles from London, 8 north from Brighton, and 11 west from Lewes and south-east from Horsham, in the Eastern division of the county, Cuckfield union and county court district, Buttinghill hundred, rape and archdeaconry of Lewes, and diocese of Chichester. The town comprises one long street, and stands upon an acclivity, the ground falling on each side, and has increased very much during the last few years. In the parish, and immediately under the Downs, is Danny Park, the seat of William John Campion, Esq,: the park contains some noble oaks of many ages growth. The church of Holy Trinity was rebuilt of stone, from designs and under the superintendence of the late Sir C. Barry: it is a very handsome structure, in the Early English style. The register dates from the middle of the sixteenth century. The living is a rectory, tithes commuted at 1,000 per annum, with residence, in the gift of, and held by, the Rev. Carey Hampton Borrer, M.A. of Oriel College, Oxford, rural dean. Here is a National school for boys and girls, supported by subscription. About a mile north of the town is a school for 300 boys, called St. John's College, in connection with St. Nicholas College, Shoreham, and conducted by clergymen of the Church of England: the bishop of the diocese is the visitor. The Wesleyans and Baptists have each a chapel here. A corn market is held on Tuesday, and a stock market every alternate Thursday. The parish has an area of 5,046 acres, and the population in 1861 was 2,558.
SAWYERS COMMON (or Sayers Common) is a hamlet 2 miles north-west, where there is a National school.

[Kelly's Post Office Directory of Essex, Herts, Middlesex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, 1867.]