A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 6 Part 2, Bramber Rape (North-Western Part) Including Horsham. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1986.
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Under the Carylls of Bentons Place and later of Newbuildings, Shipley was an important centre of recusancy between the 16th and 18th centuries. Both houses were remote from other settlements, and both are said to contain hides for priests, though without much likelihood. (fn. 1) Edward Caryll of Bentons was presented for recusancy in 1577, (fn. 2) and again in 1580, along with two possible priests, Robert Hampton and Richard Stradfold, (fn. 3) who were searched for in vain at Bentons Place in 1581. (fn. 4) Caryll's son and heir Sir Thomas (d. 1617), also of Bentons, was a 'notorious and devoted papist'. (fn. 5) There were at least eight recusants in the parish in the 1620s, notably members of the Cooke family and their servants. (fn. 6) In 1676 there were said to be 40, (fn. 7) and 18 were listed for pardon in 1685. (fn. 8) There were 5 recusants in 1724, (fn. 9) and 16 in 1767. (fn. 10)