Kelly's Directory of Sussex


Entry for Ringmer

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RINGMER is a village and parish, 3 miles north-east from Lewes, 10 west from Hailsham, and 48 by road from London, in Chailey union, Ringmer hundred, Pevensey rape and deanery, East Sussex, diocese of Chichester, archdeaconry of Lewes, but one of the peculiars under the Archbishop of Canterbury. The church of the Blessed Virgin, which is a large fabric, with small wooden spire, is very ancient; it has a chancel, nave, small side aisles, and contains numerous monuments and several brasses, but none of very early date are remaining. The living is a vicarage, value about £400 per annum, with residence, in the patronage of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and held by the Rev. John Constable, M.A.; the Rev. Edward Symons, of Worcester College, Oxford, being the curate. Here are a neat Independent chapel, a National school, and a workhouse school for the Chailey union. Broyle Place, an ancient mansion, of which only a portion remains, is supposed to have been built by one of the archbishops of Canterbury. A part of the horse artillery barracks, formerly standing near the village, is converted into a kennel for the South Down fox hounds. The area of this parish is about 5,624 acres, and the population in 1861 was 1,522. Here is a police station of the Sussex constabulary. On the green there is erected, at the expense of W.P. Boxall, Esq., late of Delves House, a pump, from which the inhabitants are enabled to get the purest water; and a clock, at the expense of the parishioners and landowners, has been added to the church. The name of the place is supposed to be a corruption of Regni mere, derived from the ancient inhabitants of this county belonging to Regnum.

Bacon Misses, The Green

Baxter William Edwin, esq. Oaklands

Bodle Mr. George, The Green

Chapple Misses, The Green

Constable Rev. John, M.A. [vicar], Middleham

Harwood Capt., The Green

Jenner Mr. Richard, The Green

Jones Mrs. Delves house

Michell Mr. John, The Green

Paine Mr. Henry William, The Green

Symons Rev.Edwd. [curate], Parsonage

Williamson Alexander, esq. Park gate


Arnold Wm. Farmer, Plaskett [sic] Park farm

Austin Henry, Old Ship, & butcher

Barber Joseph, boot & shoe maker, The Green

Bodle Charles, Anchor, The Green

Boniface Wm. Railway inn, Moor lane

Campion George, huntsman to the South Down foxhounds, kennel at Ringmer house

Carey George, Cock

Catt Henry, farmer, Clay hill

Chambers Richard, maltster

Chandler Robt. Wm. butcher, The Green

Coates Edmund, tailor, The Green

Cosham William, carpenter, The Green

Divel Thos. boot & shoe maker, The Green

Durrant John, carpenter, The Green

Durrant Robert, brewer, Wellingham

Edward Jsph. bricklayer, Rushey green

Elliott Thos. corn miller, Glyndebourne

Farnscombe George, farmer, Broyleside

Fiest Thomas, farmer, Broyle

French Joseph, baker, The Green

Fuller Joseph, farmer, Wellingham

Gibbs George, farmer, Park farm

Gilham Alfred, blacksmith, The Green

Hide William, farmer, Broyle

Hillman Joseph, blacksmith, The Green

Holman & Kenward, millers, Broyle

Holmden Geo. farmer, Old House farm

Huntley Geo. farmer, Broylegate farm

Jones Samuel, wheelwright, The Green

Kirby William, Green Man

Knight John, baker, Elm place

Knight Thos. farmer, Norlington farm

Lively Thomas, farmer, Church farm

Martin Edward, baker, The Green

Martin Frederick, grocer & draper, The Green

Martin John, farmer, Goat farm

Martin William Brown, carpenter & horticultural builder, The Green

Masters Geo. grocer & draper, The Green

Miller Joseph, builder, Broyle side

Packham Mary (Mrs.), day school

Page Theophilus, farmer, Mount farm

Pockney Wm. shoemaker, The Green

Rickman Mrs. farmer, Wellingham

Rooksby Walter, farmer, Lodge farm, Upper Broyle

Shaw Susannah (Miss), lodging house, The Green

Taylor William, boot ma. & beer retailer

Thorpe Thomas Hart, farmer, Broyle pl.

Turner Henry, farmer & brick maker, Broyle

Waller Henry, shoemaker, The Green

Wickens Stephen, farmer, Clay hill

POST OFFICE. –Ringmer green. Letters delivered at 7.30 a.m.; box closes at 6.25 p.m. on week days, & 12.25 p.m. on sundays. The nearest money order office is at Lewes

Sussex Constabulary Police Station, Stephen Doust, sergeant


National (for boys & girls), Mrs. Frances Packham, mistress

Chailey Union Workhouse (for the children), Frederick Jones, master; Mrs. Jones, mistress