Post Office Directory 1851, Keymer, West Sussex

Keymer is a long narrow parish, 10 miles north from Brighton, in the union of Cuckfield, hundred of Buttinghill, rape of Lwes, with 4,070 acres, the village consists of a few houses, the principal parts being St. Johnís Common, where there are 2 potteries, and Burgess Hill, which is a very improving neighbourhood. The London & Brighton railway runs through the parish, and there are 2 stations on the line, viz., Burgess Hill and Hassocks Gate. The church is an ancient structure, and stands at the south-east part of the village; the benefice is a curacy annexed to Clayton. At St. Johnís Common is a chapel of ease, and a National School for boys and girls. The Income Tax assessment is £3,728, population 1,002.

Cheesman William, esq. St. johnís Cottage
Hall George, esq. Burgess Hill
Lewis John, esq.
Schweltzer Herman, esq.

Agate John, ďBurgess Hill,Ē wheelwright, smith, & job master
Allfrey & Woolven, builders, St. Johnís Common
Biggs William, farmer, Brooklands Farm
Breeds Henry, master of the National School, St Johnís Common
Breeds Mrs. Esther, mistress of the National School, St Johnís Common
Broughton Richard, farmer
Chatfield William, wheelwright, St Johnís Common
Clark George, grocer & draper, St Johnís Common
Constable Thomas, farmer, Burgess Hill
Daynes & Meeds, brown stone potters, & brick & tile manufacturers, St Johnís Pottery
Daynes Martin Longmer, farmer
Ellis & Jenner, coal & corn merchants & farmers, Burgess Hill
Ellis James, brickmaker
Ford Isaac, miller, Vale Bridge
Glazebrook Joseph, grocer & draper, & post office, St Johnís Common
Harmes Edward, brown stone potter & brick & tile maker, St Johnís Common
Hart John, farmer
King Frederick, brickmaker, Burgess Hill
Maris Thomas, farmer, Beadland Farm
Miles William, blacksmith, St Johnís Common
Norman & Co. brown stone potters, brick & tile manufacturers, & brickmakers, St Johnís Common
Norman William, builder, St Johnís Common
Parsons George, florist & nurseryman to the Queen, & at Brighton
Pronger John, carpenter & builder, St Johnís Common
Slight Lewis, farmer, Burgess Hill
Stepney William, ďKingís Head,Ē St Johnís Common
Stone Charles, blacksmith, St Johnís Common
Stubbs Michael, farmer
Trangmar John Tanner, grocer & draper, & post office, Burgess Hill
Turner James, farmer
Turner Thomas, farmer
Wickham Thomas, ďHassocksĒ
Wood James, farmer, Hockley

Post Office Ė Burgess Hill Ė John Tanner Trangmar, receiver. Letters received through the Hurst office, 9am; dispatched 5pm. St Johnís Common Ė Joseph Glazebrook, receiver. Letters received through the Hurst office, 9am; dispatched 6pm

National School, St Johnís Common, Henry Breeds, master; Mrs. Ester Breeds, mistress


Transcribed by Stacey Gardner

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