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 the Eastern division of the county, Chailey union, Ringmer hundred, Pevensey rape and rural deanery, diocese of Chichester, archdeaconry of Lewes, but one of the peculiars under the Archbishop of Canterbury. The church of St. Mary the Virgin is a large and ancient building, with small wooden spire and a fine old porch : it has a chancel, nave, small side aisles, and contains numerous monuments and several brasses, but none of very early date are remaining : a clock has been added, at the expense of the parishioners. The register commences in the year 1560. The living is a vicarage, value about £400 per annum, with residence, in the gift of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and held by the Rev. Edward Symons, B.A., of Worcester College, Oxford. Here are 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, has been converted into a kennel for the South Down fox hounds. 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. The Independents have a chapel here. The name of this place is supposed to be a corruption of Regni mere, derived from the ancient inhabitants of this county belonging to Regnum. The area of the parish is 5,626 acres, and the population in 1861 was 1,522.

POST OFFICE. – George Masters, sub-postmaster, Ringmer green. Letters arrive through Lewes, 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

INSURANCE AGENT. – Liverpool & London & Globe Fire & Life, George Masters, The Green

Sussex Constabulary Police Station, William Elphick, constable

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

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


Baxter William Edwin, esq. Oaklands

Bodle Mr. George, The Green

Chapple Misses, The Green

Constable Mrs. Middleham

Harwood Capt. The Green

Jenner Mr. Richard, The Green

Jones Mrs. Delves house

Mitchell Mr. John, The Green

Paine Mr. Henry William, The Green

Symons Rev.Edw.B.A.[vicar], Parsonag

Williamson Alexander, esq. Park gate


Banks James, Cock

Barber Joseph, boot & shoe maker, The Green

Bodle Charles, Anchor, The Green

Boniface Wm. Railway inn, Moor lane

Catt Henry, farmer, Clay hill

Catt William, farmer, Wellingham

Chambers Richard, maltster

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

Chandler Robt. Wm. butcher, The Green

Coates Edmund, tailor, The Green

Cosham William, carpenter, The Green

Divel Thos. Boot & shoe maker, The Green

Durrant Robert, brewer, Wellingham

Earnscombe George, farmer, Broyleside

Edward Joseph, bricklayer, Rushey grn

Elliott Thos. corn miller, Glyndebourne

Fiest Charles, farmer, Broyle

French Joseph, baker, The Green

Gibbs George, farmer, Park farm

Gilham Alfred, blacksmith, The Green

Hide William, farmer, Chapel house, Broyle

Hillman Joseph, blacksmith, The Green

Hobbs William, farmer, Mount farm

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 John, farmer, Goat farm

Martin Frederick, grocer & draper, The Green

Martin William Brown, carpenter & horticultural builder, The Green

Masters George, grocer, draper & baker, & agent for Gilbey & Co.’s wines & to the Liverpool & London & Globe Fire & Life Insurance Office, & post office, The Green

Miller Joseph, builder, Broyle side

Page John, farmer, Lower Broyle

Paige Theophilus, farmer, Lodge farm, Upper Broyle

Pockney Wm. shoe maker, The Green

Rickman Rachael (Mrs.), farmer, Wellingham

Tapp James, Old Ship

Thorpe Thomas Hart, farmer, Broyle pl

Turner Henry, farmer & brick maker, Broyle

Vale Sidney, farmer, Plashett

Wallace – (Mrs.), farmer, Broyleside

Waller Henry, shoe maker, The Green

Wickens Stephen, farmer, Clay hill