1724: Extract from 'Accounts of Livings' within the parish of Cuckfield


Extracted from the Registry of the Archdeaconry of Lewes in the Diocese of Chichester. Copy from a Book of an Account of Livings within the said archdeaconry by virtue of a Commission from the Bishop of the said dioceses – dated 28th April 1724.

Cuckfield

  1. In many ancient writings called Cockfield which seems to have been the first appellation, but now generally called and written Cuckfield it is a vicarage.

  2. The patron the Lord Bishop of Chichester.

  3. The incumbent Daniel Walter and late fellow of the Peterhouse in Cambridge Instituted August 5th , 1713.

  4. The church in very good repair a large Bible printed at Oxford upon Imperial paper and an handsome Common Prayer Book both the gift of Mr Sergison, the Communion Plate two silver salvers is the gift of Archdeacon Henshaw vicar of the parish, two silver chalices, two pewter flagons a fringe green cloth upon the communion table with a silk cushion and common prayer book, a good linen cloth and napkin to good surplices no poor box a chest to put the surplices in. Five bells.

  5. The chancel in very good repair it is repaired as the church is by a parish rate the great tyths being in several hands.

  6. The Mansion House and outhouses in very good repair.

  7. The numbers of families about 270. No papists, one Quaker and 20 Anabaptists.

  8. Mr Alan Savage gave £100 to purchase lands, the money whereof to be laid out in bread upon six poor people to be distributed to them every Sunday. Allen the son of the donor took the hundred pounds and granted an annuity of £5 per annum of certain lands in Cuckfield which do now partly pay the said £5 payment. Timothy Burrell Esquire gave £100 the interests whereof is laid out in bread for six poor people in the same manner as Mr Savage’s benefaction. One Mr Theryplace gave £60 to the inhabitants of Cuckfield as by them was laid out upon purchase of land which now answers yearly £3 per annum and distributed at Christmas to such poor people as do not receive collection of the parish. Robert Middleton late vicar gave £30 and Timothy Burrell Esquire gave £20 the interest whereof is to pay for the schooling of poor children.

  9. No benefactions to the living.

  10. The value in the Kings book (£20 14 shillings and 2d)

  11. Divine service performed twice all year preaching twice the summer half year once the winter half year.

  12. The Lord's supper administered every month communicants at the three great festivals about 80 and other times about 40.The Glebe including Mansion House Garden Orchard about 56 acres


Interior of Holy Trinity Church c1900

Witness Daniel Walter vicar of Cuckfield

a true copy Examined by Joseph Smith deputy registrar

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