MARESFIELD is a large and scattered parish, 2 miles north from Uckfield railway station, and 11 south-east from East Grinstead, in the Eastern division of the county. Rushmonden hundred, Uckfield union, Pevensey rape, and rural deanery, Lewes county court district and archdeaconry, and diocese of Chichester. The church of St. Bartholomew is a neat Gothicstone building, it has nave, chancel, and well proportioned tower with 6 bells: portions of a much older church are visiblein the chancel. The register commences in 1538. The living is a rectory. annual value £645, with residence, in the gift ofCharles Salisbury Butler Esq., and held since 1837, by the Rev. Edward Turner, M.A., of Balliol College, Oxford; the Rev. Thomas Richard Turner, of Queen's College, Oxford, is curate. Here is a National school. Maresfield Park is half a mile north: the house is an ancient building of brick in the Elizabethan style, situated in an extensive domain, the seat and property of the Rev. Sir Fredc. Shelley, Bart. Pippingford Park is the residence of John Mortimer, Esq., Forest Lodge, of Capt. Noble; and Twyford Abbey, of Robert Trotter, Esq. This parish is noted for its extensive nursery and flower gardens, carried on by Messrs. W. Wood and Son at Woodlands and Mr. James Mitchell at Piltdown: Mr. Mitchell is celebrated for all the new and choicest roses, and for the finest specimens of Araucaria imbricate in England; all the choicest Conifers, are here to be found in free and healthy growth. There are also brick works, water and steam flour mills, &c. Viscount Gage islord of the manor. Area 7,750 acres, a great portion of which is woods and forest land; the population in 1861 was 1,911. [Kelly's Post Office Directory of Essex, Herts, Middlesex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, 1867.]
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