Cuckfield  Sussex


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

CUCKFIELD, a small town, a parish, a sub-district, and a district, in Sussex. The town stands on an eminence, 2 miles W by N of Haywards-Heath r. station, and 12 NNW of Lewes; commands a fine view over the Weald; is a seat of petty sessions and a polling-place; and has a head post office, ‡ two chief inns, a parish church, two dissenting chapels, two public schools, and a work-house. ...

The church ranges from early English to perpendicular; has an early English tower; and contains monuments by Flaxman and Westmacott. Markets used to be held on Fridays; but were recently transferred to Haywards-Heath. -The parish comprises 11, 167 acres. Real property, £16, 636. Pop., 3, 539. Houses, 573. The property is subdivided. The manor belonged to Earl Fitzwairne, and passed to the Duke of Norfolk. Cuckfield Place is the seat of W. Sergison, Esq.; dates from the end of the 16th century; and was the original of Ainsworth's "Rookwood Hall. " Ockenden House was the residence of Timothy Burrell and Sir William Burrell, the antiquaries. Leigh Pond covers about 50 acres, and is a resort of wild fowl. Freestone has been largely quarried. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Chichester. Value, £613.* Patron, the Bishop ofThe chapelries of Staplefield-Common and Haywards-Heath are separate -The sub-district contains also the parishes of Slaugham, Bolney, and Cowfold. Acres, 24, 534. Pop., 6, 792. Houses, 1, 186. The district comprehends likewise the sub-district of Lindfield, containing the parishes of Lindfield, Ardingly, Balcombe, and Horsted-Keynes; and the sub-district of Hurstper-point, containing the parishes of Hurstperpoint, Clayton, Keymer, Albourne, Newtimber, Pyecombe, and Twineham. Acres, 61, 793. Poor-rates in 1862, £9, 393. Pop. in 1841, 17, 132; in 1861, 17, 163. Houses, 3, 065. Marriages in 1860, 116; births, 559, -of which 35 were illegitimate; deaths, 301, -of which 110 were at ages under 5 years, and 9 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 1, 028; births, 5, 422; deaths, 2, 876. The places of worship in 1851 were 11 of the Church of England, with 3, 709 sittings; 7 of Independents, with 1, 610 s.; 7 of Baptists, with 700 s.; and 1 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 131 s. The schools were 19 public day schools, with 1, 423 scholars; 33 private day schools, with 840 s.; 14 Sunday schools, with 1, 187 s.; and 1 evening school for adults, with 7 s.

Cuckfield through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 22nd April 2024

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