From Kelly’s Post Office Directory of Essex, Herts, Middlesex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, 1867

BECKLEY is a parish, in the Eastern division of the county, hundred of Goldspur, union and county court district of Rye, rape of Hastings, diocese of Chichester, archdeaconry of Lewes, and rural deanery of Dallington, 6½ miles west-north-west from Rye. The church of All Saints consists of nave, aisles and chancel, with 3 small tower and spire containing 6 bells. The living is a rectory, annual value £850, with residence, in the gift of the Master and Fellows of University College, Oxford, and held by the Rev. William Hedley, M.A., formerly Fellow and Tutor of University College. Here is a National school; also a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. The river Rother bounds this parish on the north, separating the county of Sussex from Kent. The area is 5,316 acres, and the population in 1861 was 1,252.

Parish Clerk, Henry Larkin.

POST OFFICE.- Benjamin Corke, receiver. Letters arrive from Staplehurst at 6 a.m. & 6.30 p.m. dispatched at 10.30 p.m. The nearest money order office is at North

Liverpool & London & Globe, J. S. Cooper, The Firs; & Benjamin Corke
London & Lancashire Fire & Life, Henry J. Reeves
Reliance, George Springett

Police Station, Hope Johnson, sergeant & 5 men
National School, Frederick Weston Marchant, master; Miss Winefred Carpenter, mistress

Durham Mrs
Harold Edward, esq.
Hedley Rev. William, M.A. [rector]
Hedley Miss, Woodgate
Hicks Mr. Elgar, Chesnut lodge
Painter Mrs
Sankey Edward Fitzwilliam, esq.
Stonham Mr. Samuel
Wybourn Mrs

Ashenden James, farmer
Baker Stephen & George, farmers, Methersham
Ballard Ebenezer, farmer, Balshurst
BexhiIl Thos. Rose & Crown, fly propr
Bishop Elizabeth (Miss), ladles’ school
Bishop John, farmer
Bowlin Jane (Mrs.), blacksmith & wheelwright
Brown William, farmer
Cole John, shoe maker
Cooper Alfred V. farmer
Cooper Charles, farmer
Corke Benjamin, grocer & draper
Dunk Robert, saddler
Hammond Charles, cooper
Harold Edward, surgeon
Hook Henry, farmer
Maynard Jane (Miss), Royal Oak
Norris Edwin, carpenter
Overy James, farmer
Paine Robert, brick maker
Reeve William, farmer
Reeves Henry J. chemist
Russell Isaac, carpenter
Russell John, butcher
Russell Thomas, grocer & beer retailer
Sankey Edward Fitzwilliam, surgeon
Smith Tilden, farmer
Springett George, tailor
Stonham Godfrey, farmer & miller
Stonham John, farmer, Hobbs
Vincent James, butcher
Wenham John, tailor
Weston John, grocer & draper
White Thomas, farmer
Wightwick Mary (Mrs.), farmer, Conster
Willsher Thomas, farmer, Hayes