Isfield  Sussex


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

ISFIELD, a village, a parish, and a sub-district in Uckfield district, Sussex. The village stands near the river Ouse and the Lewes and Tunbridge railway, 2¾ miles SW by S of Uckfield; and has a station on the railway, and a post office under Uckfield. The parish comprises 1,862 acres. Real property, £2, 662. ...

Pop. in 1851, 508; in 1861, 458. Houses, 82. The decrease of pop. was caused by the removal of cottages connected with a paper mill. The property is subdivided. The manor and much of the land belong to Henry King, Esq. Isfield Place, now a farm house, was once a beautiful mansion, the seat of the Shurleys; was surrounded by a moat, and by a lofty wall, with a kind of watch tower at each corner; and still has the Shurley arms and mottoes over the door. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Chichester. Value, £340.* Patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The church is early decorated English, in tolerable condition; comprises nave and chancel, with low square tower; and has, on the S side, a chapel of the Shurleys, containing an elaborate altar tomb of Sir John Shurley of 1631, and interesting monuments and brasses of other Shurleys. There are an Independent chapel and a national school.—The sub-district contains also Uckfield and Little Horsted parishes. Acres, 5, 819. Pop., 2, 494. Houses, 446.

Isfield through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 23rd May 2024

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