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.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Ardingly in Mid Sussex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd March 2017
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