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

PETT is a parish, 4½ miles east-north-east from Hastings, in the Eastern division of the county, hundred of Guestling, Hastings union, rape and county court district, diocese of Chichester. archdeaconry of Lewes, and rural deanery of Bexhill. The parish is bounded on the south-east by the English Channel: the surface is undulating in some parts, and the views are extensive and picturesque; from Chick Hill the French coast may be distinctly seen in clear weather. The church of SS. Mary and Peter was rebuilt in 1864, and is a handsome structure, there are monuments to the Wynch family; also one in memory of the daughter of the late Dean of Norwich. The registers date from 1612. The living is a rectory, net income £512, with 11 acres of glebe and a rectory-house, in the gift of Henry Young, Esq., and held by the Rev. Frederick Young, M.A., of Balliol College, Oxford. In many parts of Pett trees have been dug up in a sound state, supposed to have been buried since October, 1250, when the sea overwhelmed and destroyed a large tract of land. The Royal Military Canal passes through the parish. The population in 1861 was 320, and the area is 2,350 acres.

Parish Clerk, Christopher Thorpe.

POST OFFICE.- George Martin, receiver. Letters arrive from Hastings at 9.30 a.m.; dispatched at 5.30 p.m. (sundays excepted, when they are dispatched at 10 a.m.). The nearest money order office is at Hastings

National School, Philip Turner, master; Mrs. Ann Turner, mistress

CARRIER.- George Hills, to Hastings, monday, wednesday & saturday, returning same days

Griffin Mrs
Moyses Mrs
Young Rev. Frederick M.A. Rectory
Davis James Thos. & Spencer, graziers
Davis Joseph, Ship inn
Gibbs William, bricklayer
Griffin George, farmer
Hills Geo. Royal Oak
Hills Samuel, bricklayer
Hills Thomas, butcher
Jury James, grocer
Martin George, boot & shoe maker
Noakes Henry, farmer, Elms
Skinner John, farmer, Lunsfort farm
Wickens Amos, farmer, Gatehurst farm