Post Office Directory 1851, Burwash, East Sussex

Burwash is a parish, partly in the Hundred of Henhurst, partly in the Hundred of Shoyswell, but chiefly in the Hundred of Hawkesborough, Union of Ticehurst, and rape of Hastings; 6 miles south east by south from Wadhurst. The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Lewes and diocese of Chichester, value £699 per annum, and in the patronage of the Rev. Joseph Gould, who is the incumbent. The church, dedicated to St. Bartholomew, is partly in the early style of English architecture, and partly of later date, with square tower and 5 bells. The petty sessions were held here. A National school, in which about 125 boys and the same number of girls are educated, has an endowment of £35 10s. per annum, arising from property in land and stock, purchased with the amount of sundry contributions. The area is 6,840 acres, and the population 2,093, assessed to the Income Tax, in 1842, at £7,646. Here are places of worship for Calvinists, Independents and Wesleyans. The Earl of Ashburnham is lord of the manor.

Gould Rev. Joseph [rector], Rectory
Towers Rev. Granger Lawrence [curate]

Blackford Henry, shoemaker
Blunden John, Southover farm
Brook James, carpenter
Brown Stephen, saddler & harness maker
Carey George, “Rose & Crown”
Coppard Richard, patten & clog maker
Cruttenden John, Tott farm
Dunk William, Park farm
Evans Thomas, surgeon
Fuller John, shopkeeper Philcox & Baldock, solicitors
Gilbert George, Witherhurst farm
Haviland Francis D. Frenches farm
Heathfield Venus, wheelwright
Hide & Thompson, plumbers
Honeysett John, miller
James James, draper & grocer & agent to the Kent fire & life assurance
Lade James, Brickhouse farm
Landsdale Edward, Westdown farm
Manktelow Mrs. Ann, cabinet maker Weston Mrs. Jane, blacksmith
Manwaring William, “Admiral Vernon” & carrier
Maynard John, “Bear”
Mowle Richard, shopkeeper
Newington John, Bines farm
Nightingale William, “Bell”
Noakes John, draper & grocer
Noakes John, watchmaker
Pagden Henry, tailor
Park John, butcher
Parsons John, beer retailer
Payne John, shoemaker
Pilbeam William, blacksmith
Rochester James, Grand Twiszel farm
Russell Francis, miller
Smith Samuel, Hopperscroft farm
Spears Henry, shoemaker
Sims Edward, Pounsford farm
Thompson Wm. Bricklayer & ironmonger
Vigor Thomas, butcher
Wallis Samuel, baker

Post Office – John Blunden, postmaster. Letters arrive by mail cart from Hurst Green at ½ past 2am. Letters are delivered at ½ past 7am; box closes 10 minutes to 11pm & dispatched 5 minutes past 11.

National School- Alfd. Cox, master; Mrs Eliza Wood, mstrs

Carriers – William Manwaring’s van to Castle inn, Maidstone, every tues., returning wed.; to Lewes, every fri. returning sat.


Transcribed by Domonic Paul Motto

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