Post Office Directory 1851, Fletching, East Sussex

Fletching is a parish 4 miles north-west from Uckfield, 7 east from Cuckfield, and 42 from London, in rushmonden hundred, Uckfield union, and Pevensey rape, with 5,830 acres, and a population of 1,914, assessed at £6,788. The benefice is a vicarage with the curacy of Danehill, value £300 per annum, and in the patronage of the Earl of Sheffield, and incumbency of the Rev. Spencer Dod Wilde. In the church, dedicated to St. Andrew and the Blessed Virgin, is the tomb of the illustrious Gibbon, the historian, with an inscription by Dr. Parr. The church is a large and ancient structure, with a square tower and 6 bells, and a high spire; within it are also several Latin inscriptions for the family of Sheffield. The most ancient monument is that of Richard Dalyngruge, lord of the manor in the time of Edward IV.

Sheffield Place is the seat of the Earl of Sheffield; the park consists of about 600 acres, and the garden 100 acres. The house, which is a modern structure in the Gothic style, with beautiful windows, was built on the foundations of a very ancient building; the entrance to the grounds is through a Gothic arch, shaded by trees. Here is a place of worship for Baptists, also a National School; the charities are £60 per annum. The Earl of Sheffield and Sir Thomas Wilson are lords of the manor.

Davies Col. Francis John, Danehurst
Jones John, esq.
Nash Benjamin, esq.
Sheefield Earl of, Sheffield Park
Wilde Rev. Spencer Dod, Vicarage
Wilson Sit Thomas Maryon, bart. Scarles

Adams John, harness maker
Ancock William, Mill Farm
Ashby Thomas, miller & farmer
Banister John, blacksmith
Barton George, Chelwoodgate Farm
Barton Henry, beer retailer
Beacon Thomas, Atherhalls Farm
Browning James, Portmansford farm
Browning William, Danehill farm
Cave John, farmer
Colman James, Fletching Common farm
Combe James, “Sheffield Arm,” & farmer
Constable Thomas, farmer, Down Street
Coomber William, boot & shoe maker
Day Mrs. Martha, Botches farm
Diplock Mrs. Rebecca, Fletching Mill farm
Diplock Thomas, Malling Down
Diplock William, “Griffin”
Dumbrell Richard, Oak Ferras farm
Durrant Stephen, Down Street
Fleet Benjamin, blacksmith, Shortbridge
Fuller James, carpenter
Fuller Joseph, plumber
Funnell Edward, beer retailer & wheelwright
Gibbons Stephen, Allchorns farm
Gilbert Daniel, Fletching Mill farm
Gilbert Mrs. Harriet, wheelwright
Guy Robert, boot & shoe maker
Hale Abraham, Sheffield Park farm
Harland Henry, draper & grocer, & agent to Union fire & life assurance
Hemsley George, Shortbridge farm
Hobbs Edward, Chelwood farm
Jones John, surgeon
Kirkpatrick William Maitland, farmer, Fletching
Linfield Thomas, blacksmith
Martin George, grocer
Osbourne James, beer retailer
Osbourne Thomas, Moises farm
Packham James, Pilt Down farm
Packham Joseph, miller, Shortbridge
Parsons Latter, Sharps farm
Ripley Mrs. Maria, boarding & day school
Roney Richard, tailor
Shaw Charles, farrier, Merrians farm
Shaw Nimrod, shopkeeper
Stevenson George, farmer & brickmaker
Stevenson George, day school
Stevenson Henry, Spring farm
Stevenson ?James, Knabbs farm
Turner George, Church farm
Wellfare William, beer retailer
Weston Edward, Bouswick farm
Weston John, beer retailer
Weston William, butcher & farmer
Weston Traiton, shoe maker
Wheeler Charles, Chelwood Common farm
Whitewood John, Courtland farm
Wood Charles, boot & shoe maker, & parish clerk
Wood John, Danehill farm

Post Office – Henry Harland, receiver. Letters received through Uckfield; arrive at 8am & dispatched at 6.30pm

National School, Mrs. Caroline Hurd, mistress

Relieving Officer & Registrar of Births & Deaths, William Wildish

Carrier To:-
London – Vince Wood, cart from “Sheffield Arms” to “Halfmoon”, Borough, wed.; returning on thurs.; Richard Crowhurst, van, every mon. & thurs. to “Catherine Wheel,” Borough; returning every tues. & thurs.
Lewes – Samuel Attree, every wed. & sat. returns same day


Transcribed by Stacey Gardner

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