Poynings  Sussex


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Poynings like this:

POYNINGS, a village, a parish, and a hundred in Sussex. The village stands at the foot of the Devil's Dyke, 5 miles S W of Hassocks-Gate r. station, and 6 N W of Brighton; and has a post-office under Hurstperpoint. The parish comprises 1, 643 acres, and is in Steyning district. Real property, £1, 633. ...

Pop., 261. Houses, 55. The manor and nearly all the land belong to the Crown. The Devil's Dyke is a greatchasm in the Downs, flanked by ground 685 feet high, and commanding magnificent views; has a tavern, called the Dyke House; and is a favourite resort of pleasureparties. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Chichester. Value, £347.* Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is of the 14th century, and cruciform; and has a massive tower. There are a Baptist chapel, and a village school. The hundred contains also two other parishes, and part of another; and is in the rape of Lewes. Acres, 8, 236. Pop. in 1851, 927. Houses, 179.

Poynings through time

Poynings is now part of Mid Sussex district. Click here for graphs and data of how Mid Sussex has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Poynings itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Poynings in Mid Sussex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 22nd January 2020

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