In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Ardingly like this:
ARDINGLY, a parish in Cuckfield district, Sussex; near the Brighton railway, 2 miles SE of Balcombe r. station, and 3 NE of Cuckfield. It includes the hamlet of Hapsted; and its Post Town is Cuckfield. Acres, 3,817. Real property, £3,564. Pop., 626. Houses, 114. Wakehurst Place, a short distance NE of the church, was formerly the seat of the Wakehursts and the Culpeppers; and is now the seat of Sir Alex. Cockburn. The mansion was built in 1590, by one of the Culpeppers; and is a picturesque structure, stained with lichens. ...
The living is a rectory in the diocese of Chichester. Value, £498* Patron,-J. F. W. Peyton, Esq. The church is ancient. There are an Independent chapel, a national school, and a great lower middle school, called Ardingly college. The buildings of the college were completed in 1869; are in the first pointed style; and comprise two quadrangles, with accommodation for 1,000 resident boy pupils.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Ardingly has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Mid Sussex. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Ardingly and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Ardingly in Mid Sussex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 27th March 2015
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