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

LINDFIELD is a village and parish, constituting the hundred of Burarches or Burleigh Arches, in the Eastern division of the county, rape of Pevensey, Cuckfield union, petty sessional district and county court jurisdiction, diocese of Chichester, archdeaconry of Lewes, 39 miles from London, 3½ east from Cuckfield, and one mile and a half north-east from Hayward’s Heath station, delightfully situated on the summit of a hill, and on the banks of the river Ouse, which was formerly navigable for barges to this place. The church of St. Peter is a noble structure, evidencing great antiquity: it has spire, nave, chancel, aisles and transepts, front gallery and organ: there are monuments to the Board, Covert, Brett, and Crawford families: it was re-pewed in 1848 and contains 570 sittings, 200 of which are free: it stands on commanding high ground, at the north entrance of the village. The register dates from 1559. The living is a perpetual curacy, annual value £100, in the gift of William Mosson Kearnes, Esq. and held by the Rev. Frederick Mills. The British schools, which form one of the most important institutions of the place, originated in the benevolence of the late William Allen, the philanthropist, who resided many years in the parish: they have for many years been the means of furnishing a sound and scriptural education to the children of the labouring and industrial classes of Lindfield and its vicinity: they are open to all denominations; about one half now in attendance belong to the Established Church, the other half being dissenters: the number of children now attending is 223. the schools are sustained by voluntary offerings: there is also a National school at Scaynes Hill: Divine service is held in the schoolroom once every Sunday. The Congregational Church was rebuilt in 1858, and has sittings for 500 persons. The Baptists have a chapel at Scaynes Hill. There are several small charities. The village consists of one wide street, in which there are some well-stocked shops and good residences. The Local Government Act was adopted here in 1858, and the place is well drained: there is a good supply of pure water from many excellent springs, and the village is lighted with gas: there are some handsome villa residences, and many respectable lodging houses, two good hotels, a brewery, a literary and musical institute with library, and a branch of the London and County Joint Stock Bank. The extensive pianoforte manufactory belonging to Mr. T. D. Durrant is situated in the village: it was established in 1840, and employs a large number of hands. A burial board was formed in 1854; and the Cemetery, which is one mile east of the village, was opened in the same year. The County Asylum stands on an eminence, about a mile and a half south. Fairs are held on the 1st of April for sheep, and the 5th of August for lambs and cattle, and are very largely attended from all parts of the country. The Ouse Valley line of railway, now in course of construction, from Balcombe to Uckfield and Hailsham runs through the parish and will have a station here. The village is noted for its extremely healthy situation, and for the picturesque and charming scenery by which it is surrounded: the beautiful common at the south end of the village adds very much to the attraction of the place. A large number of visitors from Brighton and London stay here during the summer months. Pax Hill Park, the beautiful seat of Peter Northall Laurie, Esq., J.P. is situated on an eminence, about half a mile from the village. Buxshalls is the handsome residence of William Dixon Jollands, Esq. Gravelye, Summer Hill, Beadle Hill, Sunte House, Oat Hall, The Welkin, Milton House, and Little Walsted are also residences in this parish.
SCAYNES HILL is about 2 miles south.
The area is 5,776 acres, and the population in 1861 was 1,917

Parish Clerk, William Hall

POST AND MONEY ORDER OFFICE, POST OFFICE SAVINGS BANK, AND GOVERNMENT INSURANCE AND ANNUITY OFFICE.- Joseph Chandler, postmaster. Letters from London, Brighton, Lewes, & other parts, arrive through Cuckfield at 7.30 a.m.,. delivered at 7,45 a.m.; second arrival at 3.30 p.m.; dispatched at 8.45 a.m. & 7 p.m. Letters posted in the morning by 8.45 are delivered in London & Brighton the same day. Letters are dispatched on sundays at 11 a.m. Money orders are issued & paid from 9 till 6

British Prudential Life, Henry Gearing
General Fire & Life, George Durrant
Liverpool & London & Globe, Thomas Wells
National Union Life, John Blackman
Norwich Fire & Life, Charles Dane Meads
Phoenix Fire, Henry Gearing
Royal Fire & Life, Edwin John Bashford
Royal Farmers’ Fire, Life & Hail, Thomas Heath

Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages, & Clerk to Burial Board, Thomas Heath
Surveyor to Local Board of Health, John Anscombe

St. Peter’s Church, Rev, Frederick Mills, incumbent
Independent Chapel, Rev. W. J. B. Roome, minister
Baptist Chapel, Scaynes hill, ministers various

British, Thomas Wells, master; Mrs, Sophia Backshell, mistress; Mrs. Ann Jackson, infants mistress
National, Scaynes hill, Miss Elizabeth Ann Purvey, mistress

CARRIERS TO BRIGHTON.- William Pannett, every monday & friday, returning tuesday & saturday; George Stedman, thursday

Awcock Mr. George, Italian villas
Bent Gibbs Francis, esq. Oat hall
Bonner Mr. Robert, Pelham villa
Bubb Mr. John, Scracebridge
Bull John Henry, esq. Hollybank
Callow Mr. John Thomas, Oak lodge
Cane Mr. Thomas, High street
Catt Charles, esq. Summer hill
Catt George, esq. Sunte house
Caudle Robert, esq. Lindfield house
Challen Mr. James, Italian villas
Cochran Mr. James Charles, Backwoods
Compton Mr. Edward John, High st
Copeland John, esq. Massetts
Copeland Mrs. Kate, High street
Copeland William, esq. Sennots
Davis Misses, Walsted house
Davis Thomas Rook, esq. Walsted house
Durrant Mr, Thomas D. High street
Ellis Mr. Anthony, Blackhill lodge
Evans Col. William Edwin, The Welkin
Gallaway Mr. Benjamin, High street
Griffiths William, esq. The Welkin
Graham Mrs. Maria, Lindfield place
Haygarth Mrs. Mary B. High street
Holmes Mr. William, Brookleigh
Humphrey Mr. John, Common
Humphreys Mr. Edward, PearTree house
Johnston Capt. F. R.N. The Chalet
Jollands William Dixon, esq. Buxshalls
Jones Charles Gwillim, esq. Gravelye
Lane Thos. Blomefield, esq. Little Walsted
Laurie Peter Northall, esq. J.P. Pax Hill park; & 9 Park crescent, Regent’s park, London N.W
Lowdell Mrs. Beadle’s hill
Lucas Mr. Charles, Italian villas
Maddocks Mr. John, Scrace bridge
Martin James, esq. Milton house
Maynard Mr. John, Woodside cottage
Middleton Mr. Thomas, High street
Mills Rev. Frederick [incumbent]
Norton Mr. Theodore, Italian villas
Penfold Mr. Philip, Westfield lodge
Porter William Elliott, esq. High street
Poune Mr. John, High street
Price Mr. Frederick, Spring cottage
Roome Rev. William James Boden [Independent], Italian villas
Sharood Charles, esq. Manor house
Simmons Mrs. Sarah, Victor cottages
Slow Mrs. Jane Frances, High street
Thorowgood Miss P. Scrace Bridge villa
Williams Crawford Winterton, esq.
Williams Henry, esq. The Firs

Allin Hannah Louisa (Mrs.), ladies’ school, High street
Allin Wm. baker & confectioner, High st.
Anscombe Amon, builder & ironmonger, High street
Anscombe John, surveyor, High street
Ansell William, Anchor, & flour dealer, Scaynes hill
Artlett Thomas, farmer, Scaynes hill
Avery William Cooper, wheelwright
Bannister Thos. farmer, Kenward’s farm
Barlow William, boot & shoe maker & beer retailer, High street
Bashford Edwin John, plumber, painter & glazier, High street
Batchelor Lucy (Mrs.), blacksmith & shoeing smith
Batchelor Mary (Mrs.), shopkeeper, High street
Bates John, tailor, High street
Beard William, farmer, Vale farm
Best Thomas, farmer, Pelling bridge
Billinghurst Wm. farmer, Pelling bridge
Bish Charles, glover & gaiter maker
Blackman John, linen & woollen draper & general outfitter, grocer, tea dealer & provision merchant, british wines, Huntley & Palmer’s biscuits &c. Albert house
Botting Benjn. lodging house, Lewes rd
Brown William, farmer, East Maskell’s
Bull John Henry, surgeon, Hollybank
Burton Thomas, plumber, painter & glazier, Common
Cane Thomas, builder, High street, & 31 Frederick place, Brighton
Chandler Joseph, postmaster, High st
Charman Charles, shopkeeper
Chatfield George, carpenter & wheelwright, Scaynes hill
Clear William, lodging house, High st
Clement William, Board Arms, The Bridge
Comber Turner & F. butchers, High st
Comber William, farmer, Goddard’s farm
Cook Edwin, shoe maker, High street
Coppard Charles, farmer, Hookland farm
Davey Allen, shoe maker & shopkeeper
Drawbridge Edward, auctioneer, appraiser, land & estate agent & farmer, Scaynes hill
Durrant Edward, brewer, Lindfield brewery, High street
Durrant Edward, grocer & draper, High st
Durrant Thomas D. pianoforte manufacturer, Sussex pianoforte manufactory, High street
Durrant William, jun. photographer, Pear Tree house
Easter Hannah (Miss), dressmaker, Common
Ellis James Howard, brick & tile maker, High street
Everest Edwd. market gardener, Lyoth la
Farrell Jane (Mrs), farmer, Common
Gearing Henry, builder, stationer & news agent, High street
Gasston Mary (Miss), girls’ school
Gasston Henry Owen, miller & farmer, Freshfield place
Godly Luke, miller, Cockhaise
Guy Julius, coach builder, High street
Harrison William Henry, accountant
Head William, farmer, Abrook farm
Heath Thomas, chemist, stationer & wine & spirit merchant, High street
Hillsdon James, farmer, Gravelye farm
Hoadley Henry, farmer, Dean’s farm
Hobden Thomas, Tiger inn, High street
Holford Henry, farm bailiff to T. R. Davis, esq. Walsted cottage
Holman William, market gardener
Isted Picknell, farmer
Jeffery Ann (Mrs.), farmer, Woodknoll farm
Jeffery John, maltster & corn & coal merchant, High street
Jenner Robert, miller, Dean’s mill
Jenner Thomas, butcher, High street
Jones William, Bricklayers’ Arms
Jupp Phineas, blacksmith, bell hanger & gasfitter, High street
Kember Edward, farmer, Butter box
Kember John, farmer, Pagden
Kent Stephen, farmer, Pesthouse farm
Kenward Weston, blacksmith, Scaynes hill
Knight John, farmer, Den’s farm
Knight William, farmer, Scaynes hill
Landgridge David, market gardener, Scaynes hill
Lake Emma (Mrs.), fancy repository, & stationer, High street
Lindfield Gas Company (limited), Amon Anscombe, secretary
London & County Joint Stock Bank (branch of), High street, (attendance every monday from 11 to 3); draw on head office, London
Mason George, grocer & fly proprietor, High street
Mason James, beer retailer, & coal & wood dealer, The Pond
May Jonathan, farm bailiff to P. Northall Laurie, esq.
Maynard Thomas, fruit grower
Meads Charles Dane, tailor & woollen draper & hatter, High street
Meads Frederick, lodging house, The School house
Mitchell Felix, grocer & draper
Mills Charles, Red Lion hotel, & wine & spirit merchant, & agent for Guinness’s stout & Bass’s pale ale, High st
Munnion Jane (Miss), dress & mantle maker, High street
Ouse Valley Railway Contractors’ Offices (Thomas Middleton, agent), High street
Packham Thomas, boot & shoe maker, High street
Pannett Daniel, farmer, Wall house
Pannett William, carrier, Lewes road
Parker John, watch & clock maker, High st.
Peirce George, farrier, High street
Penfold Henry, farmer, Wickham farm
Pim Sophia (Mrs.), baker
Porter William Elliott, surgeon
Ricketts Jas. farmer, Little Pelling brdg
Scrace Henry, farmer, Ham farm
Simmons William, lodging house, Common
Smith Edward, confectioner & baker, High street
Smith Henry, lodging house, High st
Stanbridge Walter, farm bailiff to Thomas Herbert Noyes, esq. Town farm
Stanbridge William, builder & undertaker, High street
Stedman George, coal merchant, fly proprietor & carrier, Lewes road
Stroud George, boot & shoe maker, High street
Teague James, shopkeeper, High street
Turner Friend, farmer, Lyoth farm
Turner John, farmer, Goddenwick
Uridge Henry, grocer, tea dealer, draper & general outfitter, cabinet maker, undertaker, new & second hand furniture warehouse, & british & foreign wine merchant, High street
Ward Mary Ann (Mrs.), Bent family & commercial hotel, High street
Wells Naomi (Mrs.), dress maker & straw bonnet maker, High street
Westbrook Sarah & Fanny (Misses), milliners & dress makers, High street
Westbrook George, saddler & harness maker, High street
Whall John, hair dresser, High street
Wickham George, grocer & draper, Scaynes hill
Willard James, millwright
Wood Rbt. Pierce, Sloop inn, Blackhouse
Woodgate William, carpenter, Common