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Directory: 1862 Kelly's Directory.

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Name: Chiddingly.

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CHIDDINGLY is an extensive parish and village, 10 miles east from Lewes, 7 south-east from Uckfield, 5 north from Hailsham, 3.5 from Berwick railway station, and 51 by road from London, in the hundred of Shiplake, West Firle Union, county court district and archdeaconry of Lewes, rape and deanery of Pevensey, East Sussex, Chichester Diocese. Chiddingly Place, the Chapel of which is now used as a barn, is a very ancient mansion. The church (name unknown) is near the centre of the parish; it is an ancient structure in the Decorated style of the 13th century, having a square stone tower with four pinnacle, from which, rising to an altitude of 128 feet, is a very elegant spire; in the tower are 6 good bells; the body of the church has been restored and repaired by voluntary contributions. There are several monuments in the church, one of a stately and capacious character, erected to the memory of Sir John Jefferay, knt., Lord chief Baron of the Exchequer, the then Lord of Chiddingly Place, who died in 1578; it is 18 feet in height and 12 in breadth, raised on a pedestal of Sussex marble. The area is 4297 acres, and the population in 1861 was 992. The living is a vicarage, value £158 per annum, in the patronage of the Dowager Countess Amherst; The Rev. James Henry Vidal, M.A., of St John’s College, Cambridge, is the vicar. The register begins in the year 1625. Here is a national school, supported by voluntary subscriptions. Fuller Meyrick, Esq., who is a large landowner, receives the great tithes. The Earl of Chichester, the Dowager Lady Amherst, John Fell and John Day, Esqrs., Mr David Guy and Mr Reeves, are landowners.

PARK FARM is a half mile east; Frights, half a mile north; Hale Green, 1 mile north-east; Cole Harbour, 1.5 miles north-west; Whitesmith, 1 mile west; Hilders and Cheswell, 1 mile north-east; Muddles Green, half a mile south; Peak Hill, 1.5 miles south-east; Burghill, 1 mile south; Broad Oak, 1.5 miles south.

The DICKER is a common, 1.5 miles south, consisting of 1000 acres, and containing 491 inhabitants, partly in the parishes of Chiddingly, Arlington and Hellingly. At the ‘Bat and Ball’ on the Dicker, is held annually, on the 23rd July, a large sheep fair. There are several hop growers in this parish, and the earth on the Dicker is famous for bricks.

POST OFFICE – James Noakes, sub-postmaster. Letters received through Hurst Green arrive at 8am; box closes at 7pm. The nearest money order office is at Hailsham.

Parish Clerk, Trayton White, Street National School, Trayton White, master; Mrs Elizabeth Ann White, mistress.

CARRIER TO LEWES. – James Westgate, from ‘Golden Cross’, on the Lower Dicker.

Private Residents

Mr Matthew Brown of Elm Cottage, Lower Dicker.

Mrs - Collins of Muddles Green.

John D Rymer Esq, of On the Low. Dicker.

Rev. Jas. Henry Vidal M.A., (Clergyman) of Vicarage.

Mr John Ayers Whichelo of On the Dicker.


Geo. Akehurst, Shopkeeper and Whitesmith.

Geo. Carpenter, Miller of Low. Dicker Mill.

George Clapson, Butcher.

Christopher Cottingham, Boot & Shoe Maker of The Street.

Edward Deadman, Farmer of The Islands.

Augsts. G. Dempster, Farmer of Farley's Farm.

Isaac Dunk, Farmer of Near 'Bat and Ball'.

Valance Elam, Farmer of Burghill.

Gideon Gibbs, Farmer and Hop Grower of Strood Farm.

James Goldsmith, Farmer (& publican) of Gun.

David Guy, Farmer & Hop Grower of Chiddingly Place.

John Guy, Brickmaker of On the Dicker.

Silas Guy, Wheelwright of Muddles Green.

Thos. Guy, Brickmaker of On the Dicker.

Henry Hide, Farmer of Peak Farm.

David Holman, Farmer of Peak Hill.

James Hunt, Farm Bailiff to Mr Richardson of Birch's Farm.

James Knight, Carpenter of On the Lower Dicker.

Richd. Lower, Land Surveyor of Muddles Grn.

James Noakes, Grocer, Draper, Provision Dealer & Sub-Postmaster of The Street.

Peter Page, (Publican) of Bat & Pall.

Thomas Pierce, Shopkeeper of Muddles Green.

Robert Reeves, Miller, Farmer and Hop Grower of Stream Mill.

Charles Russell, Tailor and Draper of The Street & East Hoathly.

John D Rymer, Surgeon of Lower Dicker.

Samuel Siggs, Farmer of Lower Dicker Farm.

Thomas Simmons, Farmer of Nash Street.

Peter Smith, Farmer of Easterfield.

Henry Swanton, Farmer of Hilders Farm.

Robert Swanton, Farmer & Hop Grower of Frith's Farm.

John Thatcher, Farmer & Hop Grower of Park Farm.

Wm. Thorpe, Farmer of On the Lower Dicker.

John Vine, (Publican) of Six Bells.

James Westgate, (Publican), Farmer & Carrier of Golden Cross on the Lower Dicker.

Benjamin White, Brick & Tile Maker, Farmer of Lower Dicker Brickyard.

James White, Blacksmith of On the Lower Dicker.

Geo. Wickens, Miller of Lower Dicker Mill.

Other People Mentioned

James Noakes, Sub-Postmaster.

Mrs Elizabeth Ann White, School Mistress of National School.

Trayton White, Parish Clerk.


James Westgate, Carrier to Lewes from Golden Cross.

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