Birling Gap  Sussex


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Birling Gap like this:

BIRLING GAP, a depression and an artificial cut in the bold high coast of Sussex; 1½ mile W of Beachy Head. The cut was made to afford means of escape to shipwrecked mariners; and was, for some time, defended by an arch and portcullis, vestiges of which still exist.

Additional information about this locality is available for East Dean

Birling Gap through time

Birling Gap is now part of Wealden district. Click here for graphs and data of how Wealden has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Birling Gap itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Birling Gap, in Wealden and Sussex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 06th December 2019

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