In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Shipley like this:
SHIPLEY, a village and a parish in Horsham district, Sussex. The village stands 3 miles WNW of West Grimstead r. station, and 6 SSW of Horsham; and has a post-office under Horsham. The parish includes part of South water chapelry, and comprises 7,698 acres. Real property, £6,588. Pop., 1,212. ...
Houses, 223. The property is subdivided. The manor, with Knepp Castle, belongs to Sir P. Burrell, Bart. An old castle, the seat of the Braose family, was here; but is reduced to a remnant of the keep. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Chichester. Value, £174.* Patron, the Hon-Mrs. V. Harcourt. The church is mainly Norman, ana has a central tower. There are a boys' endowed school with £40 a year, and a girls' school.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Shipley, in Horsham and Sussex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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