Post Office Directory 1851, Wadhurst, East Sussex

Wadhurst is a large parish, in Loxfield Pelham hundred, Ticehurst union, Pevensey rape, with 10,170 acres, and a population of 2,491, assessed at £9,173. The benefice is a vicarage, a peculiar of Canterbury, value £659 per annum, with 12 acres of glebe land, in the patronage of Wadham College, Oxford, and incumbency of the Rev. John Foley. It is on the road from Tunbridge Wells to Hastings and Rye, 6 miles south-east of Tunbridge Wells. Fairs are held on the 29th April and 1st November. The church, dedicated to St Peter & St Paul, is partly in the early and partly in the later style of English architecture; it has a high and shingled spire, with a ring of 6 bells. In the interior are several monuments, with one to “John Legas, gent.,” which, is showing the change of currents in manufacturing affairs, may be worth noticing. The gentleman died in 1752, aged 62 years, having acquired a handsome fortune “by his industry and diligence in the iron works of the county.” Here are places of worship for Baptists and Independents; here are National Schools. The Marquis of Camden and Lord Dacre are lords of the manor. The charities are £20 per annum.

Post Office – Jabez Smith, receiver. Letters arrive at 8am; dispatched 7pm.

Places of Worship:-
Independents, Charles Jones, minister
Baptists, William Crouch, minister

National School, Thomas Preece, master; Mrs Hannah Preece, mistress

Parish Clerk, Thomas Cooper

Carriers to Tunbridge Wells – Joseph Smith’s van every tues. thurs. & sat. returning same day. William Harris’s van from Ticehurst every wed. & sat. returning same day.

Carr John, esq. Gatehouse
Crouch William, esq.
Ennis Richard, esq. Verandah Cottage
Foley Rev. John, (vicar), Vicarage
Jones James, esq.
Newington Joseph James, esq. Towngate
Smyth Edward Watson, esq. Wadhurst Castle
Wace Mrs. Legases

Abbott Thomas, high bailiff of county court, Tunbridge Wells
Apps William, turner
Austen John & Henry, farmers & auctioneers
Austen Thomas, blacksmith
Barham Eastman, farmer & wheelwright
Barham Nicholas, wheelwright
Barnes James, farmer
Barton Thomas, farmer & agent to the Kent Fire & Life Assurance
Benge James, farmer
Boarer John, “Sportsman” & farmer
Bone James, boot & shoe maker
Brissenden Charles, farmer
Burt James, tailor
Cheal William, shopkeeper
Cheesman & Co. drapers & grocers
Cooper Edmund, boot & shoe maker
Couchman & Francis, farmers
Couchman Thomas, veterinary surgeon
Crouch Isaac, boot & shoe maker
Crundwell Stephen, farmer
Dadswell Albert, hairdresser
Fairbrother James, weaver
Fairbrother John, brickmaker
Fisher Mrs. Mary Ann, baker
Fry George, “Red Lion” & farmer
Gallop George, blacksmith
Gibb Henry, wheelwright
Gibb Samuel, farmer
Golds Thomas, shopkeeper
Hammond Edward, farmer & butcher
Hammond John, cooper
Hammond Thomas, cooper
Harmer James, farmer
Hemsley George, blacksmith
Hinkley John, miller
Husher James, carpenter
Husher Thomas, carpenter
Irving & Bryden, surgeons
Kine Joseph, farmer
Latter Lawrence, farmer
Mabb Alfred, shoe maker
MacDonald John, draper & grocer
Martin Thomas, miller
Martin William, relieving officer
Mercer William, surgeon
Moren William, farmer
Newington Horace, draper & grocer
Newington Joseph Owen, watch & clock maker
Newington Thomas, plumber
Noakes William, tailor
Pierson Thomas, farmer
Pilbeam Richard, boot & shoe maker
Piper Thomas, farmer
Pitt Jacob, “Old Vine”
Playfoot John, shopkeeper
Playsted Alfred, sen. Butcher
Playsted George Luck, farmer
Playsted Henry Alfred, farmer
Pope Stephen, shopkeeper
Powel Isaac, gunsmith
Pillinger Zebulon, carpenter
Redd William, “Greyhound” & farmer
Reed William, blacksmith
Rogers Henry, carpenter
Roger John, farmer
Rogers William, boot & shoe maker
Saunders Henry Caulfield, farmer
Shoobridge John, farmer
Smith George, farmer
Smith Henry, currier
Smith Jabez, currier & post office
Smith John, farmer
Smith Joseph, farmer
Smith Joseph, jun. currier
Smith Peter, currier
Smith Samuel, carpenter
Smith William, farmer
Standen John, farmer
Starr George, shopkeeper
Stollery William, wheelwright
Swift John, Buckhurst Farm
Taylor Mrs. Frances, “Mark Cross”
Taylor William, “Hare & Hound”
Temple George, farmer
Tester Thomas Hawkins, shoe maker
Till Frederick, blacksmith
Tompsett Benjamin, farmer
Tompsett James, farmer
Tompsett Jesse, farmer
Tompsett John, sen. Farmer
Tompsett John, jun. farmer
Tobit William, farmer
Tooth Edward, “Queen’s Head” & posting house
Vinall & Ashby, millers
Vineall John, farmer
Wait Richard, saddler
Wallis John, stonemason
Wallis Samuel, stonemason
Walker William, horse dealer
Wells & Kine, farmer
Wenman John Gude, farmer
Wenman Thomas, farmer
White Richard, farmer
Wickenden John, farmer
Wicker William, draper & grocer
Wilkinson George, “White Hart” & Butcher
Wisdom Gideon, butcher & beer retailer
Worsley John, shoe maker


Transcribed by Stacey Gardner

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