CROWHURST is a parish, 3 miles south from Battle, 5 north-west from Hastings, and 71 from London, in the Eastern division of the county, Baldslow hundred, rape and county court district of Hastings, Battle union, diocese of Chichester, and archdeaconry of Lewes. The church of St. George is a handsome structure, in the Early English style, consisting of nave, chancel, north aisle, and tower containing 3 bells: the edifice has been entirely rebuilt, except the tower, which has been restored and beautified by subscription. The living is a rectory, value £270 per annum, with residence, in the gift of T. Papillon, Esq., and held by the Rev. T. H. Papillon, M.A. On the south side of the church are the remains of an old manor house, built in the twelfth century. The National schools, which cost £500, were erected at the sole expense of Thomas Papillon Esq. Here is an immense yew tree, the circumference of which, at 4 feet from the ground, is 27 feet, and round the bottom 42 feet. The Battle Abbey and other powder mills are near here. Crowhurst Park is the seat of Thomas Papillon, Esq., J.P.: the house, which is a spacious stone building, is beautifully situated in a fine park, and commands one of the finest land and sea views in the county. Thomas Papillon, Esq., is lord of the manor; and Thomas Brassey, jun., Esq., George Gregory, Esq., Richard Hoper, Esq., and George Clements, Esq., are the largest landowners. The area is 2,160 acres, and in 1861 the population was 450. [Kelly's Post Office Directory of Essex, Herts, Middlesex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, 1867.]
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