Post Office Directory 1851, Cuckfield, West Sussex

Cuckfield is a market town and parish, 39 miles south of London, and 10 north-east from Horsham, pleasantly situated on an eminence nearly in the centre of the county, and about 2 miles from London & Brighton Railway, in the hundred of Buttinghill, Cuckfield union, rape of Lewes and Pevensey. The houses are chiefly built of freestone, of which there are excellent quarries in the neighbourhood; and within 3 miles is found pipeclay of a peculiar whiteness. The area is 10,500 acres. The church, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, is a large and handsome structure, containing some good monuments, which include specimens by Bacon, Flaxman and Westmacott; a stained glass window of very beautiful design, executed by Ward, has been placed in the church by Thomas Waller, Esq. of the Temple, London, in the memory of some of his relatives; the adjacent paving of the floor of the church has also been covered, by the same gentleman, with enamelled tiling of ancient pattern, producing an excellent effect. The living is a vicarage, valued £414, per annum, in the gift of the Bishop of Chichester. The Rev. Thomas Astley Maberly is the present incumbent. A new church has been erected at Staplefield common, in this parish, dedicated to St. Mark; the Rev. Robert Wilson is the incumbent. There are 2 chapels for dissenters, Baptist and Independents. The union workhouse contains nearly 200 inmates. A free Grammar school was founded here in 1528, and endowed with some estates by Edward Flower, Esq., of London, and the Rev. William Spicer, of Balcombe. This school, now fallen into decay, has been made available, by an order in chancery, for the purposes of the National School. The market is held on Friday, and the annual fairs on Thursday in Whitsun week, and September 16th, for horses and cattle; there are also 2 fairs held at Haywards Heath on 23rd April, and November 18th, for cattle & pigs. Petty sessions held every alternate Monday. The population of the parish is 3,140. The Income Tax assessment, in 1842, was £11,699.

Brown Thomas, esq. Brantridge
Cherry John Peter, esq.
Chittenden Andrew, esq.
Dealtry, the Misses
Fearon John Peter, Oakenden Harrington George, esq. Nymans
Ludlow Edmund, esq. Mill Hall
Maberly Joseph, esq. Mytten
Marberly rev. Thomas Astley, Vicarage
Norman Mrs. Brookside
Peel Charles Lennox, esq. Butler’s Green
Preston Captain William, R.N. Board Hill
Seaton Wilmot, esq.
Sergison Warden, esq. Cuckfield Place
Waller Samuel, esq.

Agate Stephen, grocer & draper
Agate Thomas, farmer
Alberry John, stationer & registrar
Alderton Mrs. Sarah, hairdresser
Anscombe Joseph, builder
Anscombe Joseph, plumber & glazier
Attree Jesse, “Ship”
Bates Alfred, commercial school
Bates John, watch maker
Bechely Isaac, farmer
Bedford William, farmer
Beeching Henry, farmer
Bennett John, “Station Inn”, Haywards Heath
Best Faulkner, “Talbot”
Best Thomas, maltster
Biggs William, farmer
Bonniface James, farmer
Bray Henry, tailor
Brigden Joseph, saddler
Bristy Abraham, grocer
Brooker William, shopkeeper, Ansty
Brookshaw Henry, brazier
Bunting Thomas, baker
Burtenshaw Thomas, farmer
Buster James, farmer
Byass Lovel, surgeon
Byass Thomas, surgeon
Caffyn Thomas, farmer
Chambers William, farmer
Clark William, coach maker
Clear William, blacksmith
Cook John, boot & shoe maker
Cook William, farmer
Cox Frederick, watch maker
Croucher William, wheelwright
Curtis Alfred, grocer & draper
Dann Edward, cooper
Downer James, farmer
Dumsday Mrs. Kaizah, tailor
Elliott William, currier & leather cutter
Field James, farmer
Field John, farmer
Field Thomas, shopkeeper
Fielders John, farmer
Francis William, “Green Cross”, Ansty
Gard Tom, “Jolly Tanners”, Staplefield Common
Gurnett Caleb, grocer & draper
Hallett William, farmer
Harmes Edward, farmer
Hazelgrove James, tailor
Hobbs John, baker
Holloway Francis W. builder
Horscraft Henry, baker
Jeffery Joseph, timber merchant
Jenner Edward, “King’s Head,” commercial inn & posting house
Jenner Thomas, butcher
Juniper Charles, “Rose & Crown”
Juniper William, farmer
Jupp David, farmer
Kinnard Richard, “Liverpool Arms”, Haywards Heath
Knight Charles, ironmonger
Knowles Mrs. Ann, plumber & glazier
Knowles Mrs. Jane, corn dealer
Leney William, boot & shoe maker
Loveland Thomas, plumber & glazier
Marchant James, farmer
Newington Henry P. chemist & druggist
Nicholas William, farmer
Noble Henry Alfred, farmer
Norris Edward, bricklayer
Packham James, beer retailer
Packham John, farmer
Packham William, farmer
Parkhurst Miss Eliza, milliner
Parkhurst Thomas, grocer
Penfold John, farmer
Penfold Mrs. Mary, farmer
Penfold Stephen, “Sergison’s Arms”, Haywards Heath
Picknell James, chemist & druggist
Pronger Edmund, farmer
Sayers John, corn dealer
Simmons Stephen, shopkeeper, Staplefield
Stanford Peter, blacksmith
Taylor George, farmer
Taylor William, farmer
Tester William, farmer
Tidy David, farmer
Turner Ellis, corn miller
Turner John, farmer
Turner Thomas, grocer & draper
Tyler Robert, blacksmith
Upton Ambrose, famrer
Upton Henry, farmer
Walder William, boot & shoe maker
Waller Samuel, solicitor
Wallis Henry, farmer
Webber Henry, farmer
Weller John, “White Hart”
Wickham William, farmer
Wileman Stephen, farmer
Wood Stephen, farmer
Woolven & Webber, farmers
Young Thomas, farmer

Post Office - Samuel Mitchell, postmaster. Money orders are granted & paid at this office. Letters arrive from London, Brighton & other parts by mail cart, at 1.45am & the day mail by railway at 1pm; dispatched at 00.45am to London by mail cart, & at 11pm by mail train.

Insurance Agents:-
Phoenix Fire, James Picknell
Royal Farmers, Henry Bray
Sun Fire & Life, John Mitchell

Excise Officer, William Bax

Public Establishments:-
Police Station, James Akehurst, inspector of East Sussex Constabulary
Savings’ Bank, John Albery, secretary
Union Workhouse, Samuel Jones, master; Mrs. Jones, matron; Joseph Marfleet, schoolmaster; Mrs. Mary Jane Marfleet, schoolmistress; Thomas Tugwell, relieving officer; Samuel Waller, esq. clerk of the union
Brighton & London Railway Station, Haywards Heath

Carriers to:-
Brighton - Thomas Walder, every tues. & sat. returning same day; John Field, every fri.
Lewes - Thomas Walder, every thurs.


Transcribed by Stacey Gardner

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