Fletching  Sussex


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

FLETCHING, a village and a parish in Uckfield district, Sussex. The village stands on the river Ouse, 3½ miles NW of the Uckfield station of the Brighton, Lewes, Groomsridge, and Tunbridge-Wells railway; and has a post office under Uckfield, and a fair on the Monday before Whit-Sunday. The parish comprises 8, 463 acres. ...

Real property, £8, 222. Pop., 2, 028. Houses, 411. The property is much subdivided. The manor belonged to Earl Godwin; passed to the Delawarres, the Nevilles, the Sackvilles, and others; and belongs now to the Earl of Sheffield. Sheffield Place, the seat of the Earl, includes some ancient portions; was, at various times, enlarged and altered, and not long ago almost entirely rebuilt; presents Gothic features, but scarcely in good taste; presents, on its exterior, the shields of the several owners of the manor since the Conquest; was the place where the historian Gibbon spent much of the latter part of his life; contains a portrait of Gibbon, by Sir Joshua; and stands in a beautiful park, embellished with noble trees. About 84 acres are under hops. There is a number of mineral springs, almost all chalybeate. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Chichester. Value, £300.* Patron, the Earl of Sheffield. The church has Norman features, but is chiefly early English; is cruciform; has a Norman tower, with a spire; contains, in the S transept, an altar-tomb with very fine brass of a Dalyngrugge of 1395, and another altar-tomb with effigies of a Leche of 1596; and has, in connexion with the N transept, the mausoleum of the Sheffield family, containing the grave of Gibbon, with a Latin inscription by Dr. Parr. The vicarage of Dane-hill is a separate benefice. There are a Baptist chapel, a national school, and charities £56.

Fletching through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 29th May 2022

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