Pigot & Co Directory 1840 for Sussex ~ Crawley

Is a small market town and parish in the hundred of Buntinghill and rape of Lewes, 9˝ miles N. by W. from Cuckfield, 7 N. E. from Horsham, 29 S. from London, and 23 N. from Brighton; situated on the main road between the latter towns, about a mile and a half from the line of the London and Brighton railway, and near to the source of the river Mole. It derives its sole importance from it great thoroughfare situation, and the inns afford every facility to the traveller; these are the ‘George’ and the ‘Rising Sun,’ the latter an excellent commercial and posting house. The town possesses nothing attractive, but its neighbourhood is ornamented by a number of tasteful and elegant villas, upon parts of Tilgate forest, adjoining the Cuckfield road. There is one object, however, besides, which may excite the attention of the curious tourist, namely, an elm tree, which is so capacious as to allow eight or ten persons to regale themselves within its trunk, and was a remarkable object here so long since the reign of Queen Elizabeth. The places of worship are the parish church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, and a chapel of ease for unitarians, baptists and the society of friends. The principal charity is a free school for eighty boys and forty girls, established in 1831, and supported by subscriptions. The market, which is very small, is held on Wednesday, and the fairs on the 8th of May and 9th of September, for cattle. The parish contained, in 1831, 394 inhabitants.

POST OFFICE, William Mitchell, Post Master. – Letters from LONDON arrive every afternoon at five minutes before two, and at night twenty minutes past twelve, and are despatched every afternoon at ten minutes before one. – Letters from BRIGHTON arrive and are despatched every afternoon at ten minutes before one.

Arnett Henry, esq. Crawley
Barwell Nathaniel, esq. Hand cross
Blake Colonel James, Hand cross
Briggs, Thomas, esq. Broadfield
Broadwood Thomas esq. Holmbush
Clayton Michael, esq. Charlwood park
Cowie Benjamin, esq. Staplefield
Ellison Rev. Robert, Slaugham
Grainger Thomas C. esq. Slaugham
Jolliffe Mrs. Gilbert, Lower Tilgate
Knowlys John, esq. Wood’s farm
Knowlys William, esq. Wood’s farm
Lewin Rev. Spencer James, Ifield
Middleton Chas. esq. Lowfield heath
Porteois James, esq. Tilgate Forsest lodge

Deadman Mary, schoolmistress
Gilpin James, master of free school
Hogg James, surgeon
Smith Thomas, surgeon

George (commercial and posting), Joseph Johnson
Rising Sun (commercial & posting), James Newman
White Hart, James Swift

Ashford Robert, watch & clock maker
Bex James, wheelwright
Bisshopp Robert, plumber & glazier
Bowers Stephen, boot maker
Bridger William, Taylor
Caffin Peter, miller, Estic
Caffin Richard, butcher
Chapman Benjamin, cooper
Cheal John, grocer and draper
Coates William, boot maker
Durrant Thomas, miller, Ifield
Easton Richard, brick maker
Francis John, glover & breeches maker
Gasson Harriet, dress maker
Gates William, bricklayer
Gravely Thomas, baker
Heathfield Ann, blacksmith
Hollman Thos. boot maker & leather cutter
Knight John, tailor & fire office agent
Lillywhite Thomas, tailor
Miller Nathaniel, saddler & harness maker
Mitchell Mary, dress maker
Ockenden Henry, carpenter
Pickett James, patten & clog maker
Potter Mary, butcher
Russell John, hair dresser
Smith Richard, grocer, & corn & coal dealer
Soan Thomas, plumber, &c.
Tusler James, grocer and draper
Wood Peter, corn & coal dealer & grocer

To and from LONDON & BRIGHTON, call at the George and Rising Sun almost hourly during the day.

To LONDON, William Fuller, every Monday and Thursday – and several other Carriers pass through to and from LONDON and BRIGHTON, daily.


Transcribed by Mark Collins; Transcription © Mark Collins

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