Rotherfield  Sussex


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

ROTHERFIELD, a village, a parish, a sub-district, and a hundred, in Sussex. The village stands near the Source of the river Rother, 4 miles W S W of Wadhurst r. station, and 7 S S W of Tunbridge-Wells; and has a post-office‡ under Tunbridge-Wells, and fairs on 18 June and 20 Oct. The parish contains also the hamlet of Mark-Cross, and comprises 14, 733 acres. ...

Real property, £12, 249. Pop. in 1851, 331; in 1861, 3, 413. Houses, 657. The property is much subdivided. The manor belongs to the Earls of Abergavenny and Delawarr. R. Hall, R. House, Crowborough, Brownings, Walshes, Beeches, and Horse Grove are chief residences; and thefirst is an ancient Tudor mansion. A monastery, a cellto St. Denis in France, was founded here in 800, by Berthwold the Saxon. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Chichester. Value, £1, 550.* Patron, the Earl of Abergaveny. The church is chiefly early English; has an open roof of chestnut, and a tower and spire:and was recently restored. A section of the parish, with a pop. of 382 in 1861, is in Eridge-Green chapelry. Achapel of ease is at Crowborough; and there are chapels for-Baptists and Wesleyans, an endowed school with £313 a year, and charities £28.—The sub-district contains also Mayfield parish, comprises 28, 337 acres, and is in Uckfield district. Pop. in 1851, 6, 586; in 1861, 6, 101. Houses, 1, 186. The hundred contains R. parish and the Sussex part of Frant, and is in Pevenseyrape. Acres, 23, 605. Pop. in 1851, 5, 978. Houses, 1,092.

Rotherfield through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 18th May 2022

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