Kelly's Directory of Sussex


Entry for Ringmer

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RINGMER is a village and parish, on the road from Lewes to Hailsham, 3 miles from Lewes and 48 by road from London, in the Southern division of the county, Ringmer hundred, Lewes petty sessional division and county court district, Pevensey rape, Lewes union, rural deanery of Lewes (first division) and archdeaconry of Lewes and diocese of Chichester. The church of St. Mary the Virgin is of stone in the Perpendicular style, and has a tower, containing 8 bells and a clock: the church was restored in 1884-5, at a cost £3,002, and the tower rebuilt at the same date: the edifice contains numerous monuments and several brasses: the stained east window, a memorial to Her late Majesty Queen Victoria, was presented by W.L. Christie esq. lord of the manor, and there are others: the church affords 400 sittings. The register commences in the year 1560. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £200, with residence, in the gift of the archbishop of Canterbury, and held since 1891 by the Rev. Frank Barrow Gribbell B.D. Cantuar. Mrs. Duncan is the lay rector and impropriator of the great tithes. Here is a Congregational chapel, erected in 1835 and seating 120 persons, and also a Calvinistic chapel. Miss Hays' charity, 1787, producing about £309 6s. 10d. yearly, is divided between the poor of Ringmer and Glynde; £31 from Cheney's charity is expended yearly in the maintenance of an almshouse, and Thomas's and Stapeley's charity of £10 yearly is applied to educational purposes. Delves House, an ancient building, the property of W.L. Christie esq. is at present occupied by Capt. G. Spencer. Oaklands, the property of W.L. Christie esq. is the residence of Henry S. Cotton esq. Broyle Place, an ancient mansion, of which only a portion now remains, is occupied as a farmhouse. The South Down Hunt Steeplechases are held on the Plumpton racecourse in April, and are well attended. Here are also the kennels of the South Down Fox hounds, consisting of upwards of 40 couples, of which R.W. McKergow esq. is master; the pack hunts four times a week. Brighton is a convenient place for hunting visitors. William Langham Christie esq. of Glyndebourne, is lord of the manor and the principal landowner. The soil is clay; subsoil, chalk. The chief crops are wheat and oats. The area is 5,729 acres of land and 10 of water; rateable value, £7,847; the population in 1901 was 1,488.
Parish Clerk, Frank Washer.

Post, M.O. & T.O., S.B. & A. & I. Office, Ringmer Green. - William John Wilmshurst, sub-postmaster. Letters arrive through Lewes 6.55 a.m. & 3.45 p.m.; dispatched at 1.30, 6.50 & 8 p.m. on week days, & 11 a.m. on sundays & 11 a.m. & 8 p.m. on Bank holidays Wall Letter Boxes. - Half Mile drive, cleared at 7.45 a.m. & 6.35 p.m.; sundays, 8 a.m.; Clay hill, cleared at 9 a.m. & 5.30 p.m.; Sundays, 9 a.m.; Parkgate, cleared at 9.45 a.m. & 5.45 p.m.; sundays, 9.45 a.m.; Broyle side, cleared at 6 p.m. week days only; Ringmer school, cleared at 12.5 & 6.40 p.m.; sundays, 9.5 a.m.; Pay gate, cleared at 1.30 & 6.50 p.m.; sundays, 11 a.m.; Railway inn, cleared at 5.45 p.m. week days only; Moore lane, cleared at 6.10 p.m. week days only

Public Elementary School, built in 1879, for 230 children, & enlarged in 1893 for an additional 70 children; average attendance, mixed department, 193; infants' department, 79; Martin Luther Jackson, master; Mrs. M.L. Jackson, infants' mistress

Carrier to Lewes.- William Turner, twice daily; others pass through

Police Constable, William Rhoades


Broughton Misses, Sth Norlington ho
Burtt George, Ringmer road
Cotton Henry S. Oaklands (letters via Isfield, Uckfield)
Davis Reuben Robert, Downlands
Daymond Mrs. Upper Clay hill
Dewé Lt.-Col. Wm Horsley, Parkgate
Diplock George, Ashton villa
Dixon Mrs. G.M. Elmhurst
Doering Miss, Pear Tree cottage
Doré Mrs. Orotava (letters via Isfield, Uckfield)
Eade Horace, Ringmer road
Farmer Ned, The Kennels
Fiest Mrs. Southdown villa
Furnivall Rev. Charles B.A. (curate), The Vicarage
Greaves Fras. Edwd. Plashill house
Gribbell Rev Frank Barrow B.D. (vicar), Vicarage
Hills Henry, The Roses, Nortington
Hollebone Mrs. Holm lodge
Huggett James, 1 Paygate villas
Jackson Augustus Francis, The Oaks
John Mrs. Trevelyan, Ivydene
Legge William Heneage
Martin Mrs. J.G. Elm grove
Mudge Mrs. Middleham
Murray Mrs. The Elms
Neville Mrs. Wellingham house
Osborne Charles, South view
Paris Frederick, Norlington villa
Porter John J.P., C.C. Park house
Sheldrake Albert Mason, Broyle
Spencer Capt. Gerald, Delves house
Treherne George, Merton house
Wright Walter Edward, Ashcroft


Andrew George Lovering, farmer, Clayhill &Plashett farms
Andrews Thomas, farmer, Swingate
Baker John William, Railway inn, Laughton road
Baker Thomas Lester, saddler
Banks Fred, beer retailer
Barber Charles, poultry dealer &c. The Olives, Bishops lane
Bean Henry, farmer, see Burton & Bean
Bennett Frank Chas. farmer, Old barn
Blunt John, farmer (letters through Shortgate S.O)
Bradford Henry Geo. grocer, draper &c. & agent for W. & A. Gilbey Lim. wine & spirit mers. The Green
Brinkhurst James, farmer, Green la
Brockhurst George, The Cock P.H
Brooks Henry James, chimney sweeper, Rushey green
Broyle Brick-yard, brick makers (Ernest Killick, manager)
Burton & Bean, farmers, Laughton rd
Carey Fredk. farmer, Middle Broyle
Carey George, farmer, Broyle side
Chandler Elizabeth (Miss), apartments, Downs view
Clark Frank, blacksmith
Crosskey Albert Ward, brewer, Wellingham
Day Thomas, farmer, Broyle gate
Divall Herbert, boot maker, Church hl
Durrant William, wheelwright
Ellis Eli, shopkeeper, Broyle lane
Ellis Henry, builder & contractor
Ellis Martin, butcher, The Green
Farmer Ned, huntsman to the South Down Fox Hounds, The Kennels
Foord Edward & Walter, farmers, Broyle place
Foord James, farmer, Upper Lodge farm, Upper Broyle
Foord Wallace, farmer
Fuidge Albert, farmer, Moor lane
Gibb Albert, The Green Man P.H
Goldsmith John, cab propr. & shpkpr
Hines Robert, cab proprietor
Hoad David, farmer, Harrison's lane
Hoad Thomas, cowkeeper, The Green
Hobden Henry (exors. of), agricultural machine & traction engine owners
Holford Samuel Henry, farmer, Norlington house & Upper Clay hill
Hollingdale Thomas, miller & farmer, Old House farm
Hooper Charles & Son, butchers & farmers, The Green
Imms Matilda (Mrs.), apartments, Norlington villas
Jones Samuel, wheelwright & undertaker
Kemp Geo. Old Ship P.H. North end
Kenward Edward, miller (steam) & farmer, Broyle mill
Killick Ernest, estate baliff to W.L. Christie esq. Broyle estate works
King-Sampson Richd. Farmer, Elm vil
Knight Charles, farmer, Smith's farm
Knight Robert, baker, The Green
Legge William Heneage, surgeon, & medical officer & public vaccinator, Ringmer district, Lewes union & to the Post Office Martin James, farmer, Wellingham
Martin Thomas, farmer, Goat farm
Miller Joseph, farmer, Broyle side
Page John, farmer, Lodge farm
Painter Charles, blacksmith
Paris William James, assistant overseer & assessor & collector of King's taxes, 3 Church villas
Piper Henry, farmer, Moor lane
Pockney Wm. cowkeeper, Norlington
Porter John J.P., C.C. farmer, Park ho
Pullinger Geo. farmr. Little Norlington
Ranger Alfd. farmer, Chamberlains fm
Seal Rhoda (Mrs.), baker
Simmons Jesse, farmer, Moor lane
Simmons Obed, farmer, Moor lane
Skinner John, Anchor P.H. The Green
South Down Fox Hounds (R.W. McKergow esq. master; Ned Farmer, huntsman)
Stone Ellen (Mrs.), farmer, Arches frm
Thomas Charles, boot mkr. Rose cot
Thomset Saml. farmer, Smith's lane
Ticehurst George, farmer, Red barn
Turner Martha (Mrs.), farmer, Middle Broyle
Turner William, carrier & coal merchant & farmer, Middle Broyle
Verrall Abel, farmer, Black Gate farm, Green lane
Walker Charles, farmer, Broyle side
Westgate Rebecca (Mrs.), Paygate laundry
Wickens Samuel, farmer, The Mount
Wicks Edwin, farmer, Norlington gte
Wicks Richard, builder
Willett Noah, florist
Wilmshurst William John, grocer, draper &c. Post office