Is a market town and parish in the hundred of its name and rape of Pevensey, 30 miles S. from London, 21 N. from Lewes, 20 S. from Croydon (Surrey), and 15 S. W. from Tonbridge Wells (kent); pleasantly situated on an eminence near the northern border of the county, on the road from London to Lewes; the approach to it on every side is extremely beautiful, presenting delightful and extensive prospects. It is a town of considerable antiquity, but of limited trade – that which it possesses being chiefly domestic, aided by the passage of travellers, who are well accommodated at the inns. Formerly the lent assizes for the county were held here, but, owing to the inconvenience of the sessions-house, and the distance from which many prisoners had to be brought for trial, this judicial arrangement was altered in the year 1799; petty sessions are held, however, once a fortnight, and courts baron and leet for appointing constables and headboroughs, in whom the government of the town is vested. This place returned two members to parliament from the 1st year of Edward II to the period of the enactment of the reform bill, when it lost the franchise, but at the same time was appointed a polling station at the election of representatives for the eastern division of the county.
The church, dedicated to St. Swithin, is a handsome structure, with a finely proportioned tower, embellished with angular pinnacles; it contains chantry chapels and several monuments possessing interest: the benefice is a vicarage, in the presentation of the Duke of Dorset. There are two chapels for dissenters. The charitable institutions comprise and ancient college, founded in the reign of James I, by Robert Sackville, for thrity aged persons of both sexes, who have shelter and an annual allowance for their support; and a free school, founded in 1708 by Robert and Edward Payne, Esqrs., now conducted upon the national plan. A market, chiefly for corn, is held on Thursday; a cattle market on the last Thursday in each month; and two fairs for cattle – one on the 21st April, the other on the 11th December. In 1831 the town and parish contained 3,364 inhabitants.
POST OFFICE, William Palmer, Post Master. – Letters from LONDON, BRIGHTON and LEWES arrive every afternoon at one, and are despatched immediately after. – A cross post, to TONBRIDGE WELLS, daily.
NOBILITY, GENTRY & CLERGY.
Bannerman Rev. Christopher, West Hoathly
Clark William, esq. East Grinstead
Colchester the Right Hon. Lord, Kidbrooke park
Cranston Edward, esq. East Court
Crawford Robert, esq. Saint hill
Darell E. H. esq. Brookhurst
Edgar John, esq. East Grinstead
Fuller Augustus Elliott, esq. Ashdown house
Fuller Rev. Robert, Fitzherbert
Magens M. D. esq. Hammerwood ldge
Needham Mrs. -, East Grinstead
Nevill Rev. Christopher, Vicarage
Worrell Jonathan, esq. Framepost
ACADEMIES & SCHOOLS.
Doubell Mrs. – (boarding and day)
Elliott Mary (day)
FREE SCHOOL, Sackville College – Charles Duplex, master; Thomas Palmer, warden
Lynn Mrs. – (day)
Smith Miss – (boarding and day)
Swaysland Stephen (day)
Burt Thomas Robert
Hastie Charles N. (and magistrates’ clerk)
Head William Alston
AUCTIONEERS & APPRAISRS
Smith & Son (Thomas Smith, sheriff’s officer; John Smith, superintendent registrar)
Meades Francis, jun.
Molineux, Whitfield and Dicker, (branch of Lewes) – (draw on Williams, Deacon & Co. London) – Geo. Head, agent
SAVINGS’ BANK – Thos. Palmer, actuary
BASKET & CHAIR MAKERS/
BOOKSELLER & STATIONER.
Palmer William (and printer and pen cutter to the Royal Family)
BOOT AND SHOE MAKERS.
Adams Thomas, Forest row
Gillham John, Forest row
Weghorn Thomas, Forest row
Elphick & Avery
East Matthew (and plasterer)
Lynn George (and stone mason)
Bailey John, Ashurst Wood
Elphic & Avery
Histed John, Forest row
CHYMISTS AND DRUGGISTS.
Soaper Thomas, Forest row
CURRIERS AND LEATHER CUTTERS.
FIRE, &c. OFFICE AGENTS.
BRITISH, Charles Sawyer
PHOENIX (fire) & PROTECTOR (life), Thomas Palmer
SUN, George Head
GROCERS & LINEN DRAPERS.
Meads Francis (grocer)
Newman Ralph, Forest row
Roberts Ebenezer & Josiah, Forest row
INNS AND PUBLIC HOUSES.
Crown Inn (and excise office), Mary Head
Dorset Arms (and posting), James Ship, Henry Barber
Ship, Henry Barber
Swan, John Tapfield, Forest row
Swan Inn, Richard Dartnall
Three Crowns, Thomas Betchley. Ashurst wood
White Lion, Jemima Wood
IRONMONGERS & BRAZIERS.
Heaver Edward, Tablehurst
Heasman William, Cuttons mill
Scott Thomas, Grinstead common
Sisley Richard, Brambletye mill
Stanbridge John, Fenplace mill
Turner James, Framepost
MILLINERS & DRESS MAKERS.
Pretty Jane & Elizabeth
PAINTERS, PLUMBERS, GLAZIERS.
Payne & Millington
SADLERS AND HARNESS MAKERS
Bond John, Ashurst wood
Finch Thomas, Forest row
Martin Benjamin, Forest row
STRAW HAT MAKERS.
WATCH & CLOCK MAKERS.
Fuller Edward (and coach maker)
Soaper Thomas, Forest row
Wells William, Forest row
Burt & Hooker, brewers, Hope brewery
Charlwood William, china, glass, &c. dealer
Doubell Sarah, tea dealer
Dyer Thomas, excise officer
Hayward Charlotte, confectioner
Hayward, Robert, dyer
Isard John, fellmonger, woolstapler, glover and hatter
Lambert George, gardener and seedsman
Lewis Robert, woolstapler
Lindley Mary, toy dealer
Lynn John builder
Mills John, tanner, Ashurst wood
Mills Sarah, shopkeeper
Morgan Thomas, registrar of births and deaths
Prentice John, dealer in malt and hops
STAMP OFFICE, Benj. Huggett, distributor
Stenning John, timber merchant
Tully John, veterinary surgeon
Wilson Ann, spirit merchant Wood Jasper, fishmonger
WORKHOUSE, Samuel Bolton, governor, Elizabeth Bulton, matron
To LONDON, the Perseverance, from the Dorset Arms, every morning (Sunday excepted) at half-past six – a Coach (from Lewes) calls at the Dorset Arms, every Monday, Wedneday and Friday, forenoon at a quarter before eleven – another Coach calls at the Crown, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at the same hour – and the Safety (from Eastbourne) calls at the same Inn, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon at two; all go through Godstone and Croydon.
To EASTBOURNE, the Safety (from London) calls at the Crown, every Tuesday, Thursday and Sat. afternoon at one.
To LEWES a Coach (from London) calls at the Crown, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons at the three – and another Coach calls at the Dorset Arms, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoon at a quarter past two.
To LONDON, - Jarratt’s Waggon, from the Crown daily – James West’s Van, every Monday and Thursday morning at eight – John Payne’s Waggon, from the Swan, every evening – and – Kenward’s Van, every Tuesday.
To LEWES, - Jarrat’s Waggon, from the Crown, daily – and – Kenward’s Van, from the Swan, every Friday.
Transcribed by Mark Collins; Transcription © Mark Collins