National Gazetteer (1868) - West Dean

WEST DEAN, a parish partly in the hundred of Alderbury, in the county of Wilts, and partly in the hundred of Lower Thorngate, in the county of Hants, 7 miles S.W. of Stockbridge. It contains East Grimstead. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Salisbury, value with East Grimstead, in Wilts, £446, in the patronage of the Rev. H. Glossop. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, has tombs of the Evelyns, of Dean House, which is now in ruins, and a curious monument, with copper doors, dated 1669, to the Right Hon. R. Pierpoint, whose effigy in marble represents him undergoing the surgical operation under which he died. There is a chapel-of-ease at East Grinstead, in this parish. The foundations of a Roman villa were discovered here in 1740.

EAST GRIMSTEAD, a chapelry in the parish of West Dean, hundred of Alderbury, county Wilts, 1 mile N. E. of West Grimstead, and 9 miles N.W. of Romsey, its post town. The living is a curacy annexed to the rectory of West Dean, in the diocese of Sarum. Trinity Chapel is a modern structure of the later English style of architecture, with good E. window of stained glass, representing the Crucifixion. There is an infant school in the village.

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson 2003]