Post Office Directory 1851, Ardingly, West Sussex

Ardingly is a parish 4 miles north of Cuckfield, 2 west of the Balcombe station, and 3 north of the Cuckfield station, on the Brighton Railway, in Buttinghill hundred, Cuckfield union, and Lewes rape, with 4,780 acres, and a population of 742, of which 583 in the village. The Income Tax assessment, in 1842, was £2,747. The benefice is a rectory, value £498 per annum, in the patronage of G. E. Peyton, Esq. Ardingly is on a branch of the river Ouse. A Roman road passes through this parish.

Hapstead is a small hamlet, with 159 inhabitants in 1841.

This is a small romantic village, 2 miles south from Balcombe, and 6 east from Cuckfield. The church is a very imposing structure, with a low square tower, with 5 bells; the architecture is strictly Gothic. The rector is the Rev. William Phillip Haslewood. There is also a chapel for Dissenters (Independents), and a national school. The population contained, by the returns of 1841, 742 inhabitants, and is in the Cuckfield Union.

Post Office - Benjamin Tully, draper & grocer, postmaster. Letters arrive daily at 8am & dispatched at 5pm by foot postman to Cuckfield

Carriers - Henry Carter, to Brighton every Friday night & returns from thence every Saturday night. John Longley, to London, Tuesday & Friday

Independent chapel, John Ebenezer Judson, minister

Birch Mrs
Haselwood Rev. William Phillip
Vizard Edward, esq.

Backshell William, turner
Betchley Richard, farmer
Box William, farmer
Burt John, farmer
Carter Henry, beer retailer
Chatfield Charles, shoemaker
Clifford John, farmer
Comber John, farmer
Comber Thomas, butcher
Cook William, shoemaker
Crawford Mrs Martha, farmer
Cunningham Jeremiah, farmer
Fry William, farmer
Hollands John, corn miller
Impey Miss Caroline, National School
Knight Henry, blacksmith
Munnion Henry, shoemaker
Newnham John, farmer
Parker John, watchmaker
Penfold Peter, farmer
Pilbeam William, blacksmith
Sayers Henry, grocer & draper
Tester Joseph, farmer
Tully Benjamin, grocer & draper
Turner William, “Greyhound”


Transcribed by Stacey Gardner

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