From Kelly’s Post Office Directory of Essex, Herts, Middlesex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, 1867
FINDON (or FINDEN) is a pleasant village, 53 miles south-south-west from London, 4½ south-west from Steyning, and 5 north from Worthing, in a valley of the Downs, in the Western division of the county, Brightford hundred, Worthing county court district, rape of Bramber, Thakeham union, diocese and archdeaconry of Chichester, and rural deanery of Storrington. The church is of a date prior to the Conquest, and was subsequently dedicated to St. John the Baptist. The earliest register dates from January 10th, 1556, old style. The living is a vicarage, in the gift of Magdalen College, Oxford (who grant a lease of their rectorial house, glebe and tithes to the vicar), of the gross annual value of £750, net value £500; the Rev. Robert Cholmeley, D.D., of Magdalen College, Oxford, is the vicar. The principal houses are Muntham Court, the seat and property of the Dowager Marchioness of Bath; Findon Place, the property of Richard Spencer Hall, Esq.; and Cissbury, the property and residence of H. Wyatt, Esq. J.P. Cissbury Hill, the site of an ancient encampment, both Celtic and Saxon, as well as Roman, is in this parish. A fair for sheep, &c., is held on the 14th September, and a lamb fair on the 12th July. Here is a Parochial school. Area of the parish, 4,336 acres; the population in 1861 was 655.
NORTH END, one mile north, is a hamlet of this parish.
Parish Clerk, William Moore.
POST OFFICE.- Alfred Hewett, receiver. Letters from Worthing arrive at 8 a.m.; dispatched at 6 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Worthing.
Parochial School, Miss Elizabeth Bull, mistress
Barttelot Capt. J.P. Bryan, Findon Place
Bath Dowager Marchioness of, Muntham house
Bright Mr. John
Cholmeley Rev. Robt. D.D. Rectory
Liptrott Rev. James, M.A.
Naish Mr. George, Kingswood villa
Thynne Lord Henry, Muntham house
Williams Major-General Montgomery, The Cottage
Wyatt Hugh, esq. J.P. Cissbury
Beach Henry, veterinary surgeon
Brown Martha (Mrs.), blacksmith
Bush William, baker
Churchill Edmund & John, shoe makers
Comber Martha (Mrs.), shopkeeper
Cooper Hewlett John, farmer
Goater William, training stables
Graves James. coal dealer
Hampton George, farmer
Hard George. farmer
Holmes George, beer retailer
Holmes William, shoe maker
Howell Sarah (Mrs.), butcher
Miles James, bricklayer
Moodie Jane (Mrs.), Gun inn
Nicholls George, beer retailer
Piper Robert, grocer
Ratley George, shoe maker
Sayers Edmund & Henry, millers