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PRESTON is a pretty village and parish adjoining the north-east suburbs of Brighton, in the Eastern division of the county Steyning union, Lewes rape, diocese and archdeaconry of Chichester, rural deanery of Arundel, and county court district of Brighton. It gives name to a hundred, and is beautifully situated in a valley one mile north from Brighton, and 51 miles from London, on the Brighton road. The church of St. Peter stands on the hill side: it is an ancient building, and has nave, chancel, and small tower containing 3 bells. The register dates from the reign of Queen Elizabeth. The living is a vicarage, with that of Hove annexed, annual value £300, with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Chichester, and held by the Rev. Walter Kelly, of Caius College, Cambridge; the Rev. Walter. F. Rowsell is the curate. Here is a National school; also a small Independent chapel on the Lewes-road. The Brighton cavalry barracks and the Brighton water works are situated in this parish, on the Lewes-road. The parish contains several neat villa residences. The area is 1,286 acres, and the population in 1861 was 1,044. [Kelly's Post Office Directory of Essex, Herts, Middlesex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, 1867.]

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