Poynings is a parish giving name to a hundred in Lewes rape. The area is 1616acres, and the population 253, assessed at £348. The benefice is a rectory, tithes commuted at £273 per annum, with 19 acres of glebe, and 70 acres, belonging to the rectory of Poynings, in Pycombe parish. The incumbent is the Rev. Thomas A. Holland. The church, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, is a large cruciform structure, erected in the 14th century. It is 7 miles north-west of Brighton, 3 ½ south-south-west from Hurstpierpoint, and 4 ½ from Hassock’s Gate station.
Letters received through Hurst.
Holland Rev. Thomas Agar, Rectory
Banfield Joseph, blacksmith
Botting William, farmer
Burchell James, shopkeeper
Graimes James, miller, baker & beer retailer
Graimes James, sen. Miller
Gumbrell Samuel, brewer
Strivens James, farmer
Thacker William, “Dyke”
Transcribed by Stacey Gardner