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

CRAWLEY is a parish and pleasant village, a great portion of which stands in Ifield parish, on the Horsham branch of the London, Brighton and South Coast line of railway, one mile from the Three Bridges station, 30½ miles from London, 7 from Horsham, and 9½ north from Cuckfield, in the Eastern division of the county, Bottinghill hundred, East Grinstead union, rape, archdeaconry and rural deanery of Lewes, diocese of Chichester and county court district of Horsham. The church of St. John the Baptist is an old stone building, with nave, chancel, and square tower. The register dates from 1653. The living is a rectory value £98, with residence, in the gift of the representatives of Mrs. Clitherow, and held by the Rev. John Soper, B.A., of Magdalen Hall, Oxford. Here are National and British schools; also chapels for Independants and Baptists. A Roman Catholic church was erected in 1861 at a cost of upwards of £2,000: it is a brick and stone building, dedicated to St. Francis. The village is lighted by gas, and it contains some good shops, and two good inns. There are fairs for horses and cattle on the 8th of May and 9th of September, and a corn market every Wednesday evening at the ‘White Hart.’ About a mile north stood the county oak, at the Surrey boundary, on Lowfield Heath. The population of Crawley is 473, but, including the Ifield side, it is more than 1,000; the area is 770 acres.

Parish Clerk, James Still.

POST AND MONEY ORDER OFFICE, POST OFFICE SAVINGS BANK, AND GOVERNMENT ANNUITY AND INSURANCE OFFICE.- William Mitchell, postmaster. Letters from London arrive at 2.2 & 11.10 a.m.; dispatched at 12.1 & 10.40 p.m.

Alliance Fire, Frederick Russell
Briton Life, Frederick Russell
County Fire, James Tusler
Liverpool & London & Globe, Smith & Son
Phoenix Fire, John Knight
Royal Fire & Life, William Simmons
Temperance General & Provident, John Sayers
Railway Station, James Jackson, station master

British (boys & girls), John Sayers, master
Infant, Miss Ann Deadman, mistress
National, James Gibb, master; Mrs. Jane Gibb, mistress

POSTING HOUSE.- George hotel, Charles Ockenden

Broadwood John, esq. Buchan hill
Browne Mr. Peter Agate, Crawley villa
Caffin Mr. Joseph Matthews, Clifton villa
Caffyn Mr. Richard
Dempster Mrs
Gates Mr. William
Harrison J. Fortescue, esq. Crawley Down park
Lemon Mark, esq. Vine cottage
Martin Timothy Henry, esq. The Briars
Power Rev. Anthony
Smith Mrs
Soper Rev. John, B.A. Rectory
Tusler Mr. James
Verey Mrs
Wood Mr. Peter

Andrews Joseph, tinman
Bisshopp Cecil, plumber & glazier
Bowers Stephen, shoemaker
Bowers William, boot & shoe maker
Branch Melancthon, wheelwright
Bridger – (Mrs.), mealman
Bridger Richard, beer retailer
Budgen John, cooper, West green
Caffyn John, butcher
Crawley Gas Works (Joseph Caffyn, esq. treasurer; Mr. Ambrose Webley & Mr. J. M. Catlin, managing directors; John Sayers, sec.)
Cutler John, auctioneer & appraiser
Foster Joseph, chimney sweeper
Gates Robert & Richard, builders
Gates Stephen, carpenter
Gravely Thomas, baker
Hobbs John, baker
Hollman & Bowers, boot makers & leather cutters
Humphrey William, blacksmith
Leach John, chemist & dentist
Lillywhite Thomas, tailor
Little & Sons, drapers & clothiers
Martin Timothy Henry, surgeon, The Briars
Miller Nathaniel, saddler & harness mkr
Mitchell James, watch maker
Mitchell William, stationer
Morley Joseph, millwright
Nightingale William, brick & tile maker
Ockenden Hen. & Son, builders, West grn
Ockenden Charles, George hotel commercial inn & posting house, & brewery
Ockenden George, tailor & hatter
Pickett James, patten & clog maker
Reeves Caleb, watch maker
Robinson Mrs. farmer, Manor farm
Russell Frederick, hair dresser, bird stuffer & news agent
Russell Louisa (Mrs.), shopkeeper
Sayers Edward, beer retailer & smith, West green
Simmins William, corn, coal & lime merchant, Railway station
Smith & Son, grocers & millers
Snelling Louis, shopkeeper, West green
Soan George, plumber
Stacey John, draper & grocer
Stone Stephen, shopkeeper, West green
Tyler William, White Hart
Wales Ephraim, builder, West green
Webley Ambrose, Station inn, & licensed to let horses
Wright John, butcher
Yetman Eli John, grocer & mealman