Guestling is a parish 3 ¾ miles west-south-west from Winchelsea, on the road from Dover to Hastings, in the hundred of Guestling, union and rape of Hastings, bounded on the north by Brede Channel, and comprises 3,885 acres. It contains much interesting scenery. Broomham, the seat of the Dowager Lady Ashburnham, is a handsome mansion, surrounded with a richly wooded park, in which there are some stately avenues of trees, forming a conspicuous ornament for many miles round. The village consists of numerous detached residences and pleasing villas, is partly built on the acclivity of an eminence commanding some fine views. The living is a rectory, the tithes have been commuted at £658 per annum; patron and incumbent, the Rev. Sir John Ashburnham, Bart. B.D. The church, dedicated to St. Andrew, is an ancient structure, in the early English style, with some Norman details, and a low tower surmounted with a short spire. It is picturesquely situated on an eminence, and contains some monuments to the Ashburnham family, of whom Sir William, grandfather to the present baronet, was raised, in 1754, to the See of Chichester, over which he presided 43 years, and is buried here. Here is an endowed school, the master and mistress of which receive £70 per annum, from money left by Mr. Bradshaw in 1734. George Martin, a celebrated linguist, was born in this parish.
Letters received through Hastings.
Ashburnham Dowager Lady, Broomham Park
Ashburnham Rev. Sir John, bart. B.D. Rectory
Bishop Anthony, esq.
Kay Robert Benjamin, esq.
Lewis Arthur James, esq.
Monk George, esq.
Petley Rev. Henry, M.A.
Allen Henry, farmer
Arkcoll Thomas, farmer, Lidham Hill
Beale David, farmer & beer retailer
Bray John, farmer
Cane John, farmer, Stock Farm
Colgate Jesse, bricklayer
Cook John, farmer, Maxfield Farm
Crisford William, miller, Fairlight Mill
Eaton Henry, grocer & beer retailer
Eaton William, blacksmith
Filcox Godfrey, farmer, Coghurst Farm
Harman George, “White Hart”
Hawkins George, carpenter
Hawkins Thomas, shoe maker & beer retailer
Hunter Edward, wheelwright
Playdell Josiah, boot & shoe maker
Rollinson James, farmer, Rocks Farm
Thorpe Charles, miller
Weston James, farmer
White William, master of endowed school
Transcribed by Stacey Gardner