Post Office Directory 1851, Balcombe, West Sussex

Balcombe is a parish in butting hill and Street hundreds, Cuckfield union, Lewes rape, with 6,050 acres, and a population of 988. The benefice, value £367 per annum, is a rectory, with glebe house, in the patronage of the Rev. Dr. Bethune; the present rector is the Rev. Henry Rule Sarel. The assessment to the Income Tax, in 1842, was £2,437. Balcombe is a station of the Brighton Railway, about 4 miles north of Cuckfield. Here is a tunnel through the hill. Highbeach Warren has an area of 1,180 acres, included in Balcombe.

Post Office - Benjamin Huggett, postmaster. Letters arrive every morning at 9am & dispatched at 5pm by foot postman to Cuckfield.

Carrier to London - William Steadman’s wagon every Monday & Thursday to the Half Moon Inn, Borough, returning from thence every Wednesday & Saturday

St Mary’s Church, William Steel, parish clerk

Robinson Benjamin Francis Esq.
Sarel Rev. Henry Rule

Booker George & James, millers
Brown Joseph, blacksmith
Comber William, farmer
Garrard William, farmer
Gibbs John, plumber & glazier
Gibbs Thomas, plumber & glazier
Goaring Charles, beer retailer
Huggett Benjamin, grocer & draper
Humphrey Michael, blacksmith
Ireland Mrs. Elizabeth, “Railway Inn”
Ireland John, “Half Moon”
Ireland John, wood dealer
Marchant William, baker
Mitchell John & Thomas, farmers
Newnham William, farmer
Penfold Thomas, farmer
Pickard William, farmer
Stenning Mrs Mary, farmer
Tester Charles, farmer
Tester John, farmer
Tester John, jun. farmer
Tester William, butcher
Tester William, farmer
Tester William Jun., farmer
Turner Thomas, boot maker
Turner Thomas, farmer
Webber John, wheelwright


Transcribed by Stacey Gardner

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