Post Office Directory 1851, Slindon, West Sussex

Slindon is a village in Aldwick hundred, rape of Chichester, Westhampnett union, bounded by the parishes of Madehurst, Waltham, Eartham and Walberton; it contains about 2,840 acres of arable, pasture, wood, and commons land; the population is 514, assessed at £2,249. The Countess of Newburgh is the chief landed proprietor. The locality is highly pleasing and picturesque, having, immediately adjoining the village to the south-west, the mansion and park of Slindon; and to the north-east, Dale Park, with its beautifully rounded knolls and deep glens. Slindon House, the residence of her ladyship, is said to have been originally built by one of the Archbishops of Canterbury, as early as the 13th century; the celebrated patriot, the Cardinal Archbishop Stephen Langton, died here in the beginning of the reign of Henry III.; the old mansion was pulled down and rebuilt by Sir Garret Kempe, early in the reign of Elizabeth; the house has undergone numerous internal alternations and embellishments by its successive owners since that period; this ancient mansion is situated on a bold eminence at the upper end of a well-wooded park, commanding magnificent sea and land views. Here is a Roman Catholic chapel. Mount noel, the property of George Robert Morgan, esq., and the residence of H. Sawyer, Esq., is delightfully situated, commanding fine sea views, as well as a large tract of fertile country. The benefice is a rectory, value £219 per annum, in deanery of Pagham; the incumbent is the Rev. Maurice Smelt.

Letters received through Arundel

Laidlay Rev. William
Livermore Charles
Newburgh Countess of, Slindon House
Newland Misses
Sawyer Herbert, esq. Mount Noel
Sheehan Rev. John
Smelt Rev. Maurice, M.A. Rectory

Bateman Thomas, blacksmith
Bateman William, blacksmith
Bennett Richard Summerton, farmer
Billinghurst, Thomas, farmer
Bowley Charles, “Newburgh Arms”
Burcher James, post office receiving house
Cole Charles Carpenter, grocer
Fleet Francis, “Sir George Thomas Arms”
Fleet John, boot maker
Graysmark William, wheelwright
Halsted George, steward to Countess of Newburgh
Halsted James, farmer
Humphrey James, boot & shoe maker
Locke William, National School
Murrell Edward, grocer & baker
Pennicott George, tailor
Refoy Joseph, baker
Rout Thomas, carpenter
Sherlock Peter, boot maker
Smart George, farmer
Willshear Charles, brewer, grocer & baker
Willshear John, farmer & maltster


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