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

BEXHILL is a parish, giving name to the hundred in the Eastern division of the county, rape, county court district, and rural deanery of Hastings, union of Battle, diocese of Chichester, and archdeaconry of Lewes: it is situated 6 miles west from Hastings, near the coast. The church of St. Peter is a fine old structure, consisting of a nave, chancel, and side aisles: the nave is apparently of Norman construction, being divided from the aisles by round-headed arches, supported upon massive pillars; the chancel is in the Early English style, with lancet-shaped windows. The living is a vicarage, yearly income £989, with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Chichester, and held by the Rev. Henry Winckworth Simpson, M.A., of St. John’s college, Cambridge, honorary prebendary of Chichester. Part of the parish, containing 675 inhabitants, has been formed into an ecclesiastical district, attached to the church of St. Mark, of which the Rev, J.H. Simpson, M.A., is the incumbent; endowment from rent charge £286. There is also a Wesleyan chapel. The London, Brighton and South Coast Railway Company has a station here. The Earl De La Warr is lord of the manor; and the Duke of Cleveland, Thomas Brassey, jun., Esq., and Thomas Papillon, Esq., are the largest landowners. The area is 8,814 acres; the population in 1861 was 2,084.

Parish Clerk, George Cruttenden.

POST & MONEY ORDER OFFICE & POST OFFICE SAVINGS BANK & GOVERNMENT ANNUITY & INSURANCE OFFICE.- Miss Elizabeth Cruttenden, postmistress. Letters arrive from Hastings at 8 a.m. & 3 p.m.: dispatched at 9.40 a.m. & 6.50 p.m., sunday 9.40

INSURANCE AGENTS:- General Hailstorm, James Woodhams, Sidley green
Liverpool & London & Globe Life & Fire, Henry & Charles Reeves
Norfolk Farmer’, James Woodhams, Sidley green
Norwich Union, James Woodhams, Sidley green
Railway Passengers’ Accidental, James Woodhams, Sidley green

Infant, Mrs. Ritchie, mistress
National, John Collins Roberts, master; Miss Jane Jones, mistress
National (St. Mark’s) W. Sutton, master
Infant, Sidley green, Miss Eliza Crowhurst, mistress

RAILWAY STATION.- London, Brighton & South Coast, Frederick Moore, Station master
CARRIERS TO HASTINGS.- Joseph Sargent, monday, wednesday & saturday; Mrs. Elizabeth Gander, daily (except sunday & thursday)

Alsager John, esq
Brumlew Charles, esq. East lodge
Chamberlain Rev.Robt. M.A. The Grange
Creasy Miss
Daniel Dame Elizabeth
Day Miss
Fielder James Moses, esq. Page’s house
Gorringe Pennington, esq. Pebsham farm
Granvllle Thos. W. H. esq. Hollier’s hill
Lane Col. Henry, Broad oak
Mair Frederick, esq
Mitchell Mrs
Morgan George, esq. Mount Pleasant
Peppercorn William Henry, esq
Routh Miss
Rudyard Alfred Thos. M.D. The Willows
Scrivens Samuel, esq
Simpson Rev. Henry Winckworth, M.A. [vicar], Vicarage
Simpson Rev. James Harvey, M.A. St. Mark’s
Strong Carolus, A. esq. Painswick cottage
Wallis Frederick, esq.
Wilson Mrs
Woollett Mr. Henry

Andrews Frank George, general draper, & at St. Leonard’s
Barker Benjamin, bricklayer, Sidley grn
Barker Richard, bricklayer, Sidley grn
Barker Richard, jun. carpenter, Sidley green
Barnard Edward, tailor
Barnard William, boot & shoe maker & leather cutter
Barrow Jesse, beer retailer & coal merchant, Sidley green
Bratt Josiah, farmer, Preston farm
Brazier Frederick, farmer, Buckholt
Brook Arthur, farmer, Court lodge
Chittenden Charles, timber merchant, Sidley green
Chrismas Thos. farmer. Barnhorn farm
Clifford Misses, farmers, Page’s cottage
Coleman Saml. farmer, Wakeham’s farm
Cornford Charles, baker & confectioner
Cramp Alfred, farmer, Little common
Crowhurst Owen, veterinary surgeon, Sidley green
Cruttenden Ann (Mrs.), lodging house
Cruttenden Fredk. Geo. lodging house
Cruttenden Henry, painter & glazier, Sidley green
Cruttenden Jas. farmer, Little common
Drury George, Wheatsheaf inn
Duke Thomas, farmer, Burchington frm
Edmonds Geo. wheelwright, Sidley grn
Eldridge William, painter & glazier
Elliott Alfred, grocer, & post office receiving house, Little common
Gander Elizabeth (Mrs.), carrier
Gander Emma (Mrs.), grocer
Goodwin William, Queen’s Head inn, & tailor
Hammond George (Mrs.), farmer, Sidley green
Harmam John, chemist & druggist
Harris James, farmer
Hayward Eliza (Miss), grocer
Heaver Edward, miller, Sidley green
Hilton John, Star inn, Sluice
Larkin Anna Maria. (Mrs.), farmer
Leonard Mary (Mrs.), beer retailer, Sidley green
Lingham Alfred, farmer, Barnham farm
Lock (Mrs.), blacksmith
Longley (Mrs.), farmer, Little common
Neve Chas. miller & farmer, Sidley green
Neve George, New inn, Sidley green
Noakes James, butcher, Sidley green
Ockenden Samuel, carpenter & builder
Oliver Jesse & John, grocers, linen drapers, & post office receiving house, Sidley green
Oliver Joseph, farmer, Burnt House farm, Sidley green
Overy Henry, farmer, Barnhorn farm
Parker William, carpenter
Parks Newton, farmer, Sidley green
Pelling Edmund, boot & shoe maker & coal dealer, Hollier’s hill
Pocock James, butcher
Powell Henry, Bell hotel
Reeves Henry &. Charles, grocers, linen drape’s, millers & bakers, & at Catsfield
Reeves Henry, sen. brick maker
Rich Henry, saddler & harness maker
Russell James, farmer, Worsham farm
Sargent Joseph, carrier
Sinden John, farmer, Wood’s farm
Smith Walter, farmer, Great Woreham
Thomas Edward, auctioneer, appraiser & farmer, Sidley green
Thomas Stephen, farmer & registrar of births & deaths, Sidley green
Thomas Stephen, jun. relieving officer for Battle Union
Thwaites Thomas, coal merchant, farmer & cattle salesman
Turner Josiah, blacksmith, Sidley green
Turner Margaret, Eliza & Mary Ann (Misses), farmers, Glyne farm
Waite George, butcher
Wallis Frederick, surgeon
Weston Thomas & Co. farmers
Weston James, blacksmith
Winborne Jane (Mrs.), blacksmith, Little common
Wood John, farmer, Gotham farm
Wood Thomas, farmer, Glover’s farm, Sidley green