Post Office Directory 1851, Uckfield, East Sussex

Uckfield is a parish and union town 8 miles north-west of Lewes station, and 43 from London, in Loxfield Dorset hundred, Pevensey rape, eastern division of the county and diocese of Chichester, 1,800 acres, and a population, in 1841, of 1,534; Income Tax assessment, in 1842, was £4,979. Being close to the river Ouse it carries on a considerable trade in timber with Lewes; there is also some trade in corn. The living is a perpetual curacy, value £365, with 2 acres of glebe, in the gift of the Rev. John Streatfield, who is the incumbent. There are annual fairs on the 14th of May and 20th August for cattle. Petty sessions are held here. The church, dedicated to the Holy Cross, is a plain stone structure, with tower and 8 bells; in 1840, the nave was enlarged and repaired. Here are places of worship for Baptists and Wesleyans. Here are National schools, and a Grammar school, founded and endowed in 1706. The union workhouse contains 160 inmates. The Earls of Liverpool and De Le Warr are the lords of the manor. The are charities of £12 annual value.

Bolton Capt. Samuel, High St
Edleston Capt. Joshua, High St
Farncombe Misses, Down Land
Gerrison Miss, High St
Hurdis Capt. George Clarke, R.N. High St
Jarratt Mrs. High St
Kelly Mrs. Sarah, Uckfield House
Kenward William, esq. High St
Kilgours Misses, High St
Manington Misses, High St
Moon Mrs. High St
Morgan William, esq. (magistrate), High St
Sawbridge Miss, High St
Skinner Miss, Fir Cottage
Streatfield Rev. John, Coombe Banks (rectory)
Streatfield Mrs. Rooks
White Mrs. High St
Woodward Henry, esq. High St

Batchelor William, parish clerk
Barnard Henry Wheeler, hairdresser
Berwick Miss Mary Ann, dressmaker
Best Henry, “Bell Inn”
Best James, “King’s Head”
Bond Richard, fruiterer
Bourner James, carrier
Cameron James, nursery & seedsman
Cheale Alexander, sen. builder & agent to Union fire & life assurance, Rock Hall
Cheale Alexander, jun. surveyor & builder
Cheale George, plumber
Cloake Henry, “Maiden’s Head”
Coventry John Joseph, “Horse & Barge”, & coal merchant
Cox John, plumber
Cross Richard, master of Grammar school
Dadswell Thomas, baker
Duplock Thomas, hairdresser
Eade Trayton, butcher
Faulkner Henry, Ironmonger
Fisher Thomas, saddler
Fleming Stephen, harness maker
Foster John, chemist & stationer, & agent to Phoenix fire & life assurance
Fowle William, watchmaker
French William, shoemaker
Gaston Mrs. Sarah, cooper
Gilbert William, carpenter
Gittens Phillip, inland revenue officer
Graveley Joseph, brewer
Green John, ironmonger
Hallett John Taylor, brewer
Hasting Thomas M. straw bonnet maker
Jenner John, shoemaker
Kenward Edward, maltster & wine merchant
Kenward John, hop & seed merchant
Kenward Nelson, corn factor
Kenward William, Ukfield flour mills
King Richard, harness maker
Langham James George, solicitor, the Wakelyns
Lock Thomas, academy
Mannington John, butcher
Marchant Thomas, farmer, Downlands Farm
Markwick Alfred, tailor
Markwick Mrs. Ann, milliner
Markwick Stephen, builder
Markwick Thomas Shephard, auctioneer
Mathew Peter, watchmaker
Merricks Thomas, smith
Newnham John, timber merchant, tanner & currier, & agent to Norwich fire & life assurance
Nye Thomas, farmer, Ridgewood farm
Pelham John, bricklayer
Pentecost Thomas, leather cutter
Perrigoe Samuel, veterinary surgeon
Prince Charles, sen. surgeon & registrar
Prince Charles, jun. surgeon
Radford Caleb, surgeon
Richardson Mrs. Ann, berlin wool repos
Russell George Clifford, shoemaker
Shipton George, baker
Stanford Frederick, haberdasher
Turner Mrs. Elizabeth Hannah, milliner
Turner John, grocer & draper
Walls & Sendell, grocers & drapers
Whapham Charles Henry, seedsman
Wicks Thomas, shopkeeper

Post Office – Benjamin Piddington, postmaster. Money orders are granted & paid at this office. Letters arrive every morning at 5am, dispatched every night 8.50pm to the “Blackboys”, there meeting the Lewes mail. Letters delivered at 8am; box closes at 8.30pm; but letters may be posted til 9.15pm by the extra fee of 1d. when the box finally closes

Savings Bank – William Ashby Rooke, secretary; open every Friday at 12 noon to 2pm

Insurance Agents:-
Law, James George Langham
Norwich Union, John Newnham
Phoenix, John Foster
Union, Alexander Cheale, sen.

Police Constabulary Force (Eastern Division), chief officer, Captain Henry Fowler Mackay; superintendent, Captain Samuel Bolton

Public Schools:-
National, Thomas Zeally Richards, master; Mrs Frances Richards, mistress
Infant, Miss Harriett Gurr, mistress

Coaches – The Brighton & Lewes calls at the Maiden’s Head inn, Uckfield, every mon. wed. & fri. at 1pm to Tunbridge Wells & returns from thence every tues. thurs. & sat. calling at the Maiden’s Head inn, Uckfield at 1pm.

Carriers to London, James Bourner’s van from Lewes, passes through Uckfield every tues. thurs. & sat. at 6pm; to the Queen’s Head Inn, Borough, & from thence through Uckfield every mon. wed. & fri. at 8am the next morning. James Alfred Viger’s van, from Henfield, passes through Uckfield every mon. wed. & fri. calling at the Bell Inn, Uckfield, at 7pm; to the George Inn, Borough, and from thence every tues. thurs. & sat. calling at the Bell Inn, Uckfield, at 6am the next morning.

Carriers to Lewes, Bourner’s van, to Lewes every day, to Hailsham every mon. wed. & fri.; to Heathfield and Burwash, every tues. thurs. & sat.


Transcribed by Stacey Gardner

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