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SHIPLEY is an extensive parish, 6 miles south from Horsham, and 44 from London, in the Western division of the county, West Grinstead hundred, rape of Bramber, Horsham union and county court district, diocese and archdeaconry of Chichester, and rural deanery of Storrington. The church of St. Mary is chiefly Norman, and consists of chancel, tower, and nave. The register commences in 1609. The living is a perpetual curacy, value £98 per annum, with residence, in the gift of the Hon. Mrs. Vernon Harcourt, and held by the Rev. Henry Law Cooper, M.A., of St. John's College. Cambridge. Here is a boys' school, which was endowed by Mrs. Andrew of this parish, in 1825, with about £40 per annum. The girls' school-room is a very neat and spacious building, with residence attached for the mistress: it was built at the expense of the late Sir C. M. Burrell, Bart., and the Hon. Mrs. Vernon Harcourt, in 1858. There are two useful and flourishing Friendly Societies - the Coolham, established in 1836, and the Temperate established in 1841. Here is Knepp Castle, the seat of Sir Percy Burrell, Bart., M.P., but now (1866) occupied by Major John Aldridge, J.P., a castellated building, erected by the late Sir C. M. Burrell, Bart.: it is on a gentle elevation, commanding views of picturesque scenery both within and beyond the park, and overlooking the most extensive piece of water south of the river Thames: of the old castle, once the seat of the Braosefamily, only a single remnant of the keep is now standing. Sir Percy Burrell, Bart., M.P., is lord of the manor, and owner of a large portion of the soil. The area is 7,698 acres; the population in 1861 was 1,212.
WOODGATERS, BENTONS, COOLHAM, and PURVEYORS are in this parish [Kelly's Post Office Directory of Essex, Herts, Middlesex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, 1867.]


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