Post Office Directory 1851, West Firle, East Sussex

West Firle is a village and parish ½ mile south of the road from Lewes to Eastbourne, 4 miles south-east from Lewes, in the hundred of Totmore, rape of Pevensey; the principal point of attraction is Firle Place, the seat of Viscount Gage, which is a noble mansion, but irregular in its architecture, having been built at different periods; it is sheltered on the south and east by the range of downs. The grounds adjoining are well stocked with game, and there are ponds equally well stocked with fish. Here is a National School. The church, dedicated to St. Peter, is a large ancient building. The benefice is a vicarage united with Beddingham. The area is 4,410 acres, the population 722, and the assessment £3,372. Here is a union workhouse.

Post Office – William Humphreys, postmaster. Letters arrive from London at 9am; dispatched at 4.45pm.

Union Workhouse, Samuel Oyler, governor; Mrs. Hart, matron

National School, Benjamin Wood, master; Miss Charlotte Wentworth, mistress

Carrier, Robert Anscombe, to Lewes daily.

Gage Viscount, Firle Place
Hutchinson Rev. Charles, Vicarage
Nash Rev. George

Beckett Henry, farmer
Berry George, farmer
Catt Henry, farmer
Geer Robert, shoe maker
Gorringe James, farmer
Hollebone Thomas, blacksmith
Humphreys William, grocer & draper
Langridge John & Michael, farmers
Martin Henry, farmer
Mockett Joseph, “Ram”
Peachey Charles, miller
Saxby William, farmer
Stapeley Thomas, farmer
Stenning Richard, butcher
Unstead John, wheelwright


Transcribed by Stacey Gardner

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