WESTMESTON (St. Martin), a parish, in the union of Chailey, hundred of Street, rape of Lewes, East division of Sussex, five and three-forths miles North by West. Westmeston is one of a line of delightful small hamlets between Ditchling and Lewes in East Sussex that sit at the foot of the scarp slopes of the South Downs. 'Parishes: Westmeston', in A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 7, the Rape of Lewes, ed. L F Salzman (London, ), pp. British History Online.
The village of Westmeston is located within the county of East Sussex. Westmeston is situated in the South East region of the UK and is governed by Lewes. The nave is early C12 with a C13 chancel (largely rebuilt in the C19), C14 south aisle and a south chapel of c Westmeston, like Ditchling and Streat, is a. Westmeston, Lewes - local area information, map, walks and more. Preston Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Preston Drove, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 6LA (
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The staircase curtails the bay window on the east side, but this six-light transomed window has square heads and filleted-roll mouldings, original only on the first floor, and does not seem much earlier.
Joining the bay to the hall are contemporary moulded posts, the easternmost forming, on each floor, the jamb of a square opening spanning a passage. These suggest that the stairs led to a gallery along the north side of the hall. The square opening is not in line with the wall between the present dining-and sitting-rooms, but that above aligns with the thinner wall between two bedrooms.
The easternmost of the bedrooms has earlyth-century panelling, and a typical Jacobean overmantel. The fire-place is apparently later. The parlour, now the lounge, is separated from the entrance passage by a screen, now open, with Elizabethan balusters. In the north-west angle of this room is a stone fire-place, probably contemporary with the staircase; it has a four-centred head and cavetto- and ogeemoulded jambs.
The letters I and M are carved in shields in the spandrels, probably for John Michelborne. The attic stair is in a projection west of the bay window. There is a wattle-and-daub partition between the hall and parlour attics, with a four-centred opening in it. The kitchen wing shows a wide blocked fire-place, and some stop-chamfered ceiling beams. Old Middleton, off the main road to Lewes, has a lateth-century brick front to a probably 17thcentury house.
There are a few earlyth-century cottages in the north of the parish, on the road from Wivelsfield Green to Streat. One, in a field near North America Farm, is timber-framed with later brick and tile-hanging and contains a central chimney-stack with wide lintelled fire-places, and exposed ceiling beams. Whitecote, opposite North America Farm, is probably contemporary, and has a wide fire-place and external stack.
It is a timberframed house of two bays, with square panels, tiled roof, and a modern brick extension to the north. The central chimney is partly of 17th-century date, and serves a wide fire-place with bread oven.
It was held of her directly by her villeins and there was no hall or demesne land. In the manor was held as half a knight's fee.
Westmeston descended for some time with Hurstpierpoint q. With Streat Westmeston subsequently descended. The present owner of both the properties is Miss Coke-Richards, but Mr. FitzHugh retains such manorial rights as still persist. In this manor the custom of Borough English obtained. Henry, Earl of Derby, in conveyed his moiety to Sir John Jeffrey, chief baron of the Exchequer, who died in holding it by fealty and rent of 2 d. FitzHugh, fn. It descended with the manor of Middleton, and was still inclosed in It was possibly identical with the 3 hides and 3 virgates in Westmeston held by a certain knight of Robert de Pierpoint in The parish church of ST.
The walls are flint, plastered in part, with sandstone dressings; the roofs have tiles on the north and chiefly Horsham slates on the south. The nave was built soon after , and the original north doorway remains. It is probable that the chancel was reconstructed in the 13th century, and its east and north walls were again rebuilt, from the base, in the 19th century.
The arcade of the south aisle dates to the early 14th century, and in the last years of that century the whole west wall was refaced, and the bell-cote probably reconstructed. The south chapel was added c. The north porch incorporates parts of the original 14th-century structure.
The chancel 15 ft. The north wall is refaced, with two new lancet windows, but the south wall is of 13th-century date, and has a trefoilheaded piscina with soffit cusps and roll mouldings to its outer order; the sunk circular drain remains. West of it is a lateth-century arch to the south chapel: it is of two orders, the outer chamfered with a plain triangular stop, the inner hollow-chamfered and carried on corbels, which are polygonal in form.
This historical arrangement, typical of neighbouring parishes, provided each with areas for grazing, forestry and raising of crops, with the main settlements positioned around the church. St Martins Church is the centre of a conservation area at Church Corner. From highest areas of about ft above sea level near Ditchling Beacon, the land drops steeply to about ft and then undulates further north to an average of about ft.
East window J B Capronnier , signed. North chancel, second lancet Clayton and Bell, , in memory of Campion. West window C E Kempe , North nave, second window R Hallward , c signed. An unusual feature was the presence of inscriptions in Latin hexameters. Piscina: South chancel C13 with a trefoiled head. Pulpit: Late C17 with panelled sides, decorated with beading.
P Helyer: Westmeston , n d c My thanks to Nick Wiseman for the photographs, with the exception of the exterior from the north east and the south arcade.
Fittings and memorial Font: C12 with a plain tapered round bowl on a round stem. Sources 1.