EAST DEAN (near Eastbourne) is a parish, in the Eastern division of the county, hundred of Willingdon, Pevensey rape and rural deanery, Eastbourne union, Lewes county court district, 3 miles west from Eastbourne, and 5 east from Seaford. The church is an ancient edifice, consisting of nave, chancel, and tower. The register dates from 1559. The living is a vicarage, with that of Friston annexed, joint annual value £276, in the gift, alternately, of the Bishop and Dean and Chapter of Chichester, and held by the Rev. George Pinnock. Here is a Parochial school for boys and girls, supported by the Hon. Mrs. Gilbert, of Eastbourne. Here is the Beachy Head Lighthouse; also a preventive station. The parish contains 2,431 acres, and the population in 1861 was 334. [Kelly's Post Office Directory of Essex, Herts, Middlesex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, 1867.]
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