Place:Cowfold, Sussex, England

Coordinates50.989°N 0.273°W
Located inSussex, England
Also located inWest Sussex, England     (1865 - )
See alsoBramber Rape, Sussex, Englandrape in which it was located
Windham and Ewhurst Hundred, Sussex, Englandhundred in which it was located
Horsham Rural, Sussex, Englandrural district 1894-1974
Horsham District, West Sussex, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
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Cowfold is a village and civil parish in the Horsham District of West Sussex, England located between Billingshurst and Haywards Heath. The village is at the intersection of the A272 and A281 roads. The parish has a land area of 1,926 hectare (4,756 acres or 7.44 sq mi). In the 2001 census 1,864 people lived in 729 households. The population at the 2011 Census had risen to 1,904.

The thirteenth-century Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter. At Parkminster (formerly Picknoll) Farm, in the south of the parish, is St. Hugh's Charterhouse, the only post-Reformation Carthusian monastery in the United Kingdom.

The following description from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72 is provided by the website A Vision of Britain Through Time (University of Portsmouth Department of Geography).

"COWFOLD, a parish in Cuckfield [registration] district, Sussex; 2 miles E of West Grinstead [railway] station, and 6½ WSW of Cuckfield. It has a post office under Horsham. Acres: 4,458. Real property: £4,884. Population: 946. Houses: 167 The property is much subdivided. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Chichester. Value: £452. Patron: the Bishop of London. The church is perpendicular English, with an earlier chancel; and has a magnificent triple-canopied brass of Nelond, prior of Lewes."

Research Tips

  • The West Sussex Record Office is located in Chichester. Because it holds the records of the Church of England Diocese of Chichester, which covers the whole of Sussex, it has church records relating to both parts of Sussex.
  • An on-line catalogue for some of the collections held by the West Sussex Record Office is available under the Access to Archives (A2A) project (a nationwide facility housed at The National Archives, Kew).
  • West Sussex Past - database of 2 million records from West Sussex heritage organizations.
  • The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies' Sussex Collection (PDF). This is a 9-page PDF naming the files relating to Sussex in their collection-a possible first step in a course of research.
  • The National Library of Scotland has a website which provides maps taken from the Ordnance Survey England & Wales One-Inch to the Mile series of 1892-1908 as well as equivalent maps for Scotland itself. The immediate presentation is a "help" screen and a place selection screen prompting the entry of a location down to town, village or parish level. These screens can be removed by a click of the "X". The map is very clear and shows parish and county boundaries and many large buildings and estates that existed at the turn of the 20th century. Magnification can be adjusted and an "overlay feature" allows inspection of the area today along with that of 1900. The specific map from the series can be viewed as a whole ("View this map") and this allows the inspection of the map legend (found in the left hand bottom corner. Becoming familiar with the various facilities of these maps is well worth the trouble.
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