Henfield  Sussex


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

HENFIELD, a village and a parish in Steyning district, Sussex. The village stands on an eminence, near the river Adur and the Horsham and Shoreham railway, 4½ miles NNE of Steyning; is a picturesque place, with some good specimens of the old Sussex cottage; and has a station with telegraph on the railway, a post office‡ under Hurstperpoint, a mechanics' institute, and fairs on 4 May and 1 Aug. ...

The parish comprises 4, 491 acres. Real property, £9, 953. Pop., 1, 662. Houses, 320. The property is divided chiefly among eight. The manor belonged, in the Saxon times, to Earl Warbald; was given, in 770, to the bishops of Chichester; had an ancient palace, founded either before or soon after its coming to the bishops; was known, at Domesday, as Hamfeldt; and still belongs to the bishops of Chichester. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Chichester. Value, £412.* Patron, the Bishop of Chichester. The church is later English, with a massive tower; was repaired in 1855; and contains a curious monumental inscription to a child who died in 1627. There are an Independent chapel, national schools, and charities £16.

Henfield through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 18th August 2022

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