Post Office Directory 1851, Crawley, West Sussex

Crawley is a parish 1 mile from Three Bridges station, on the Brighton Railway, 29 miles from London, and 9 ½ north of Cuckfield, in Buttinghill hundred, East Grinstead union, and rape of Lewes, with 820 acres, and a population of 447, assessed at £618. The church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is an ancient stone structure, with square tower; living is a rectory, value £118 per annum, in the patronage of Gen. Clithero. The Rev. Charles Fowler is the incumbent. There are fairs for horses and cattle on the 8th of May and 29th September. About 1 mile north stood the county oak, at the Surrey boundary, on Lowfield heath. Tilgate House is to the south of Crawley, as is Tilgate Forest Lodge, the seat of Sir E. B. Sugden, the late Lord Chancellor of Ireland. Broadfield Lodge and Place are in St. Leonard’s Forest. There is a free school for 80 boys. Here are places of worship for Calvinists. Gen. Clithero is lord of the manor.

Allen Srejt. Robert, Glen Cottage
Fowler Rev. Charles (rector), Rectory

Ayshford Robert, watch & clock maker
Batchelor James, grocer
Best Thomas, “George” & posting house
Bisshopp Cicel, plumber &c.
Bowers Stephen, shoe maker
Branch Melancton, wheelwright
Caffyn & Son, butchers
Charman George, shoemaker
Cheal John, draper & grocer
Creasey James, Buckscops Farm
Cutler John, auctioneer & appraiser
Foster Joseph, chimney sweep
Gasson Thomas, butcher
Gates Stephen, carpenter
Gates William, stonemason
Graveley Thomas, baker
Hollman William, leather cutter & shoe maker
Hubbard James, broom manufacturer
Knight John, sen. Tailor & agent to the Phoenix fire & Edinburgh fire & life assurance
Knight John, jun. draper & grocer
Lillywhite Thomas, tailor
Megginness William, blacksmith
Miller Nathaniel, saddler
Ockenden Charles, “Station Inn” & fly proprietor
Ockenden George, tailor
Ockenden Henry, builder
Pickett James, pattern maker
Rayward Walter, veterinary surgeon
Redford John, Jordans Farm
Robinson John, Manor House Farm
Russell Frederick, hairdresser
Sayers Edward, beer retailer
Smith Richard, grocer
Smith Thomas, surgeon
Soan Thomas, plumber
Stedman Thomas, carrier
Tusler James, draper & grocer, & agent to the County fire office, & agent to the Cuckfield savings bank
Tyler William, “White Hart”
Wood Miss Ann, grocer
Wood Peter, coal & corn merchant
Worsfold Frederick, blacksmith

Post Office – Money orders issued & paid. William Mitchell, postmaster. Letters arrive from London at 12.08am & 10.57am; dispatched at 01.59am & 11.45am; delivered at 8am & 12 noon. Box closes at 9.30pm; but letters may be posted with an extra stamp until 10pm, when the box finally closes.

Insurance Agents:-
Phoenix Fire & Edinburgh Fire & Life, John Knight
County Fire, James Tusler

British School, James Gilpin, master; Mrs. Martha Gilpin, mistress

Posting House, George Commercial Inn, Thomas Best

Carrier to London, Thomas Steadman to George Inn, Borough, every mon. & thurs; returns wed. & fri.


Transcribed by Stacey Gardner

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