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

KIRDFORD is a village, and, with PLAISTOW chapelry forms a very extensive parish, in the Western division of the county, Petworth union and county court district, Arundel rape, Rotherbridge hundred, diocese and archdeaconry of Chichester, and rural deanery of Midhurst, 5½ miles west from Billingshurst railway station, 5 north-east from Petworth, and extends northward to the borders of Surrey. The union workhouse for the aged poor, is situated here. The church of St. John the Baptist is principally in the Early English style, with square tower containing 6 bells and a clock. The living is a vicarage, with the chapelry of Plaistow annexed, gross annual value £500 per annum, with a good residence and 7 acres of glebe land, in the gift of Lord Leconfield, and held by the Rev. John Francis Cole, B.A., of Worcester College, Oxford; the Earl of Winterton is the owner of a great portion of the great tithes. A church, with a residence for the incumbent, is now (1866) being erected at Ebernoe, about 4 miles from the village of Kirdford: they are built by subscription, the largest contributors being Lord Leconfield and William Peachey Esq., J.P. the latter having presented the site. The soil is a stiff clay, with sub-soil of same. The Earl of Winterton, Lord Leconfield, the representatives of the late Lady Newburg, John Napper, Esq., and Richard Hasler, Esq., and William Peachey, Esq., J.P., are the chief landowners. The principal crops are oats, wheat, barley, and pasture. The principal residences are Shillinglee Park, Earl of Winterton; Ifold, John Napper, Esq., J.P., Ebernoe, William Peachey, Esq., J P.; Barkfold, Captain Barwell; and Sladeland, Joseph Godman, jun., Esq. The population in 1861 was 1,784, and the number of acres 12,275, nearly one-third of which is woodland: the acreage, including waste land, is over 15,000.
PLAISTOW Chapelry is a large district and village, 3 miles north; a chapel was erected in 1854-55 by subscription, where divine service is performed once every Sunday. Here is a village or dame’s school, which receives the support Of the gentry of the parish.

POST OFFICE.- George Ford, postmaster. Letters arrive through Petworth, which is the nearest money order office, at 8.30 a.m.; dispatched at 5 p.m. except sundays, when they are dispatched at 11 a.m.

INSURANCE AGENT.- Liverpool & London & Globe, George Welland

Union, Edward Holt, master, Mrs. Holt, matron

National, Thos. Edwards, mastr.; Mrs. Mary Hillyer, mistrs
Village, or Dame’s, Plaistow, Mrs. E. Eames, mistress

Whittington, to Godalming & Guildford, on tuesday & friday, returning wednesday & saturday
Coombes, of Wisborough green, calls here tuesday & friday

Barwell Capt. Osborne, Barkfold
Cole Rev. John Francis, B.A. [vicar], Vicarage
Ede Mr. Thomas, Crawfold
Fielder Miss, Common
Godman Joseph, esq. jun. Sladeland
Napper John, esq. J.P. Ifold house
Payne Mr. John
Peachey William, esq. J.P. Ebernoe
Turnour Viscount, J.P. Shillinglee park
Winterton Earl of, Shillinglee park

Baker George, farmer, Linfold
Baker John, miller, Kirdford mill
Baker William, farmer
Braby George, farmer, Neals
Burnett Matthew, farmer, Bellchambers
Butler William, farmer
Childs John, farmer, Wephurst
Childs John, jun. farmer, Plaistow
Clark William, shoe maker, Balls cross
Cole -, farmer, Plaistow
Cooper Ann (Mrs.), farmer, Roundwick
Cooper Edward, farmer
Cooper Thomas, farmer
Dean Daniel, butcher
Downer Martha (Mrs.), farmer, Marshalls
Duncton James, farmer, Herons
Ede John, farmer, Battlehurst
Edwards Samuel, farmer
Elliott John, butcher, Plaistow
Elliott William, farmer, Plaistow
Enticknapp Edward, blacksmith
Fell Joseph, farmer, Parsonage
Ford George, shoe maker, & post office
Gardner Robert, baker & flour dealer
Herington Henry, farmer, Barkfold
Herington John, farmer & proprietor of steam thrashing machines, GownfoldHillyer Hy. boot & shoe maker, & vestry clerk
Hillyer Mary (Mrs.), preparatory school
Holden Charles, blacksmith, Plaistow
Kennett Joseph, grocer & draper, Plaistow
Mann George, farmer, Whithurst
Marshall James, carpenter
Mitchener Elizabeth (Mrs.), Half Moon
Napper (Mrs.), farmer, Boxalland
Nash Edward, farmer & brick maker, Allfields
Overington Daniel, farmer & wood dealer
Pacy Henry, farmer
Pannell George, beer retailer
Payne Thomas, timber dealer
Pledge Samuel, farmer, Plaistow
Pullen George, Sun inn, Plaistow
Pullen Henry, beer retailer, Plaistow
Puttick Alfred, Stag inn
Puttick Henry, farmer
Replay Charles, farmer, Frithfold
Rapley George, farmer, Holland’s heath
Rapley Reuben, farmer, Eastend
Rapley Thomas, farmer
Redman John, farmer, Plaistow
Sheppard Edmund, shopkeeper
Sheppard George, farmer
Shoesmith William, farmer
Slater Charles, blacksmith
Smith James, wheelwright
Spooner James, farmer & shopkeeper
Stovold John, shopkeeper, Plaistow
Thayre William, general smith
Tickner Alfred, farmer, Plaistow
Tobitt Calvin, farmer, Plaistow
Tobitt Wesley, farmer, Hill’s green
Tubbs Joseph, shopkeeper, Plaistow
Wackford Daniel, farmer, Butcherland
Wadey Henry, wheelwright
Welland Geo. grocer, draper & maltster
Wellen (Mrs.), farmer, Plaistow
Widden John, farmer, Crimbourn
Wooldridge Ephraim, bricklayer, Plaistow