LITTLE HORSTED is a village and small parish, on the road from Lewes to Uckfield, 2½ miles south from the latter, in the Eastern division of the county, union of Uckfield, Pevensey rape, hundred of Rushmonden, Lewes county court district and archdeaconry, and diocese of Chichester. The church is a neat structure: it stands upon an eminence, and may be seen for many miles: it has chancel and nave and open oak sittings (the former is one of the few chancels in England which are termed twisted chancels), and square embattled tower containing 6 bells: the church has very recently been beautifully restored, at the cost of the patron of the living: there is a very handsome carved oak pulpit, two stained glass windows (east and west) by Clayton and Bell, and 6 bells by Mears: the work of restoration has been carried out under the sole direction and superintendence of G. G. Scott, Esq., the builders being Messrs. Cane, of Brighton. The living is a rectory, yearly value £356, with residence and 23 acres of glebe land, in the gift of Francis Barchard, Esq., and held by the Rev. Augustus William Warde, M.A., of Christ Church, Oxford. There is a Parochial school, together with a residence for the mistress. Horsted House, the handsome residence of Francis Barchard, Esq., J.P., who is lord of the manor and principal landowner, is in the Tudor and Elizabethan styles, pleasantly situated in the midst of tastefully laid out grounds, and commands extensive views of the surrounding country. The area of the parish is 2,240 acres, and the population in 1861 was296.
OWLSBURY is a mile and a half north-west; POUND PIT, half a mile north-east, HUNNINGTONS, half a mile south-east. [Kelly's Post Office Directory of Essex, Herts, Middlesex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, 1867.]
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