Guide to Hamsey, Sussex ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death. HAMSEY, a parish in Lewes district, Sussex; on the river Ouse, and on the railways from Lewes to Uckfield and to Keymer, 1 mile SSE of Cooksbridge r. station. The Tourist and House Buyers guide to Hamsey in East Sussex(Abandoned Saxon Island). See what Hamsey has to offer including local history, photos.
What remains of Hamsey is accessible via the village of Offham, so named as it's quite literally John E. Vigar, Lost Villages of Sussex (). 'Parishes: Hamsey', in A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 7, the Rape of Lewes, ed. L F Salzman (London, ), pp. British History Online. The small parish of Hamsey lies three miles north of the County Town of Lewes The population in was , but by the East Sussex Review Order of
Walk along the riverbank from Lewes via Offham and you will come to the little village of Hamsey. It is said that Hamsey was almost wiped out by plague. All that remains of the village today is the beautiful old church on its grassy knoll overlooking the river. 'Parishes: Hamsey', in A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 7, the Rape of Lewes, ed. L F Salzman (London, ), pp. British History Online. The Tourist and House Buyers guide to Hamsey in East Sussex(Abandoned Saxon Island). See what Hamsey has to offer including local history, photos.
Originally published by Victoria County History, London, This free hamdey was digitised by double rekeying. All rights reserved. The parish of Hamsey lies to the north of Lewes and covers an area of 2, acres. The land rises from a level of ft. Hamsey falls to a level of 50 ft. The soil is chalk, marl, and loam, and the subsoil blue clay. The population in wasbut by the East Sussex Review Order of a portion of the detached part of St.
John Without Lewes was added to the parish. There are hamlets at Offham, North End, 1 mile north of the village, and Hewen Street, 2 miles north. Cooksbridge, 1 mile north of Offham, lies partly in Hamsey and partly in Barcombe. Hamsey village consists of a few houses and a farm on the lane uamsey the old church.
The De Say manorhouse, next the church, has gone, but foundations were visible aboutfn. The old ceiling-beams show on both floors and there are hamwey original battened doors with strap hinges. The farm buildings include a thatched barn, of 17thcentury date or earlier, and some Caen stone is reused in the stables. Whitfields, north of it, now two cottages, is of L-shaped plan, with an outshot on the east; there are gables to the south, east, and north, the latter having a projecting porch dated The hamsey elevation shows timber-framing at the gable end and porch, in square and oblong panels, some with later brick-nogging.
There is quatrefoil patterning in sussex side walls of the porch, a band of cheverons below both gables, and some ornamental braces in the larger, which has a turned pendant at the apex. The porch is two stories high with a three-light window having filleted-roll mullion and transom; a similar window hamsey probably replaces the original doorway, re-set in the west wall; the ground floor is built of flint with sandstone and repaired brick quoins.
The gable end flanking it has similar windows, with wooden mullions, several restored, but retaining some of the old casement fastenings. There is a lateth-century chimney-stack serving both northern bays, with wide oak-lintelled fire-places. The west face shows flint with modern tile-hanging above; the original moulded Elizabethan doorway has been re-set centrally; it has a nail-studded door and the knocker may be original.
The casement windows have diagonally set bars and scrolled fastenings. Sussex northern bays have some stop-chamfered beams, and there is a good staircase with turned finial. The south cottage contains an original eight-panelled door and some re-used panelling.
Offham House has a symmetrical front of two stories with attics in the hipped slate roof; the walls are of well-knapped flint with dressings of plastered brick. The central projecting hamsey is crowned by a low pediment inclosing a square sundial dated If this is correct the house is notably advanced in style, being designed for sash windows. The dormers have been enlarged, if Grimm's drawing of c. Coombe Place stands in a park west of Offham Church.
The east front dates frombut documents in the possession of the Shiffner family show the gabled elevation of the house as built or altered by Richard Bridger —98 who bought the estate in He is called 'of the Pillar Parlour', but the only pillars at Coombe are hamxey in the present entrance hall, which appear of Georgian date.
The 18thcentury front has changed little since Grimm's drawing of c. The walls are of well-knapped flint with stone quoins and window-dressings with key-stones. Most of the ground-floor sashes have been replaced. The central doorway, which has a triangular pediment above a moulded head, was superseded by the loggia on the south front, which retains its lateth-century cornice.
The principal rooms face east and susseex typical decoration of the first half of the 18th century. The dining-room has a heavily moulded cornice with dentils, hqmsey moulded dado, and separate cornices to the six-panelled doors. There are cornices to two bedrooms, that over the dining-room having also a richly ornamented fire-place with foliage and a fretted overmantel.
Several of the rooms have plaster decoration on the ceilings. The library has a Georgian fire-place, cornice, and dado, but some lateth-century detail remains in the north doorway and in the upper rooms, chiefly in the door panels. The main staircase is typical of sussex earlier 18th century, but the back stair belongs to the late 17th century, and some Elizabethan panels remains in the kitchen and over the drawing-room.
Cooksbridge Farm, north of Cooksbridge Station, has a tile-hung east front with casement windows and an 18th-century door-hood, but the north end shows some timber-framing and there is a 17th-century chimney-stack. Inside some original beams can be seen in the drawing-room. The staircase is Georgian. Shelley's Folly, farther north, is built of brick in Flemish bond with vitrified headers, and there is a dentilled cornice, with a pediment on the north side.
The house dates c. An interesting feature sussex the survival hamsey mullioned and transomed windows. The original north entrance has a broken curved pediment; the present entrance, to the east, has a curved hood, and the Shelley coat of arms in a blocked window above. There are bolectionmoulded fire-places, set across the angles of the rooms, oblong panelling, and contemporary sussex staircases. Pickett's Cottages, a lateth-century house now divided into tenements, possesses a fine Elizabethan staircase with flat cut balusters and square newels with turned finials.
The north wing preserves a jetty to the south, but has been prolonged eastwards in Georgian brick and flint. The main western block has brick-nogging in wide panels, a roof of Horsham slates, and a good earlyth-century chimney-stack with diagonal rib. In Ralph de Chesney held Hamsey of William de Warenne as 14 hides, though it paid geld for 13 hides.
Hamsey descended with Streat q. Unlike Streat, however, it was not subjected to subinfeudation by William de Say c. Leger, and died in The manor then came into bamsey hands of the Crown but was granted to his widow Dorothy for life, with reversion to her son Edward. Thomas Partington, vicar of Netherfield in Battle. Jessie Partington then became lady of the manor. Lord Dussex Bretton held his first court as lord of the manor in William and his wife Martha conveyed it in to John Pelland.
He sold it between and to James Rivers, fn. Argent a cheveron engrailed sable between three crabs gules. Azure a bend sinister between two stars or and the end and stock of an anchor or coming out of the waves of the sea. The parish church of ST. PETER stands on an hamzey hill on the east side of the parish: it is approached by a farm lane and is now used chiefly as a mortuary chapel.
The walls are of flint, plastered, in the nave and chancel, flint and sandstone in the east wall susaex west tower; the dressings are of sandstone and ironstone. The roofs are tiled, except for Horsham slates on the eaves of the south walls and of the nave north wall. The nave dates to the early 12th century, except for its west extremity. The chancel is contemporary, except for its east end.
In the early 13th century a north transeptal chapel was added, of which the blocked arch remains. In the early 14th century many of the windows were inserted and about the same time sjssex east wall was rebuilt. The west tower dates to the last years of the 14th sussex, and seems a prototype of the later tower at Newick; it was built separately, then joined up to the earlier nave by 6 ft. To the early 16th century date the south door external archthe priest's door in the north wall of the chancel, and the carved altar-tomb east of it.
The chancel 22 ft. The east window has three ogeetrefoiled sussex and flowing tracery in the head, a lobed ogee quatrefoil sussed by lobed trefoils: it has cham fered mullions and jambs, an equilateral arch, and external hood, chamfered and undercut with returned ends; there sussed an obtuse-pointed rear-arch with chamfered head. The cross and coping appear to be original. The north wall is of 12th-century date except for 6 ft.
In it is hamsey bricked-up priest's doorway of c. Internally there is a plain lintel, above part of which is a 14th-century window, blocked to the outside, with segmental-pointed rear-arch with key-stone.
West of it is an original round-headed loop, 5 in. The south wall has a similar junction between 12th- and earlyth-century masonry 5 ft. In the original portion is an inserted window dating c. Farther east is a chamfered trefoil-headed piscina of the same date hamsey an equilateral outer arch and square drain. The chancel arch is of earlythcentury character, a plain semicircular arch, cut straight through the sussxe and sussex projecting imposts with chamfered under-edge.
South of it is a wide squint, cut obliquely eastwards, under which is a 16th-century aumbrey, rebated for two doors on the zussex face, and with a small square opening to west. North of the arch is a 13th-century altar recess. Near it, on the north wall of the nave 43 ft. This presumably led into a transeptal chapel. In the blocking is hamsey round-headed window of perhaps 16th-century date, splayed to a semicircular rear-arch, and under it is a small square piscina. The original north doorway is blocked externally but shows projecting imposts with chamfered under-edge; its segmental arch was possibly altered c.
West of it is a pointed-trefoil-headed light splayed to a segmental-pointed rear-arch: this also belongs to the early 14th century. The south wall has an inserted easternmost window similar to that in the north wall; under it is an equilateral chamfered piscina with a square drain having bird's-foot grooving.
The south doorway has a rear-arch similar to that of the north doorway, but the external arch is of 16th-century four-centred type with ogee-moulded jambs and hollow-chamfered arch; the square framing is simply chamfered, and there are shields dussex the spandrels, the west one susssex with T.
The south door is contemporary, with four-centred head. West of it is a small 12th-century window, 6 in. The south porch 9 ft. In the east wall is a round-headed stoup with octagonal bowl, now cut back flush with the wall-face.
Peter's Church. This was a prosperous church with a large congregation until the Black Death decreased the local population so much that by the 19th century it was decided that a new church should be built in the previous hamlet of Offham this one was also dedicated to St. It was finished in the s. At one point around this time the parish council were actually considering demolishing Hamsey Church.
Hamsey village lies just off the A which runs between Lewes and Forest Row, although the road passes through Hamsey parish at Offham and Cooksbridge. With the coming of the railway to Cooksbridge in the trustees, no doubt concerned by the increase in traffic that the station might generate, agreed to establish a turnpike at Cooksbridge at its meeting in Lewes on the 12 Oct It was erected adjacent to Friendly Hall.
A proposal to reinstate services between the two stations intends to use the loop, as the main line from Lewes is now obstructed by the Phoenix Causeway road and development. Media related to Hamsey at Wikimedia Commons. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Hamsey St. Peter's Church, Offham. East Sussex. South East. East Sussex County Council. Retrieved 26 April Retrieved 11 October English Nature.
Retrieved 6 October Countryside Sites. Archived from the original on 31 July Retrieved 7 June December Retrieved 13 December Reynold Harwood is curate. The area is 2, acres, and the population in was Description and Travel You can see pictures of Hamsey which are provided by: Geograph Flickr Directories Kelly's Gazetteers Ask for a calculation of the distance from Hamsey to another place.
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