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

PORTSLADE is a pleasant picturesque village and parish, 53½ miles south from London, 4 north-west from and in the county court district of, Brighton, and 3 north-east from Shoreham, at the foot of the southern slope of the South Downs, about one mile from the sea, in the Eastern division of the county, hundred of Fishergate, Lewes rape and archdeaconry, Steyning union, and diocese of Chichester. The church is named St. Nicholas. The living is a vicarage, united with Hangleton: the vicarial tithes are commuted at £142 per annum, with 50 acres of glebe and residence, in the gift of the Earl De Le Warr, and held by the Rev. Frederick George Holbrooke, M.A. The rectorial tithes are commuted at £260 per annum. The principal landowners are the Rev. William Hall and Edward Blaker, Esq. The Manor House, Portslade House, and East Hill are mansions commanding extensive views over sea and land. The portion of Portslade called COPPERAS GAP is situated on the Brighton and Shoreham road, 3 miles west from Brighton, near the Portslade railway station on the South Coast line. The buildings and population have much increased, in consequence of the formation of a canal and floating basin (in connection with Shoreham harbour) for the convenience of the coal and general trade of Brighton and its neighbourhood. Here is a district church, St Andrew; patron, the Bishop of Chichester; incumbent, the Rev. J.J. Ellis. The area is 2,006 acres, and the population in 1861 was 1,103.

Parish Clerk, John Hobden.

POST OFFICE, Portslade.- Letters through Shoreham. The nearest money order office is at Southwick

POST OFFICE, Copperas Gap.- Box closes at 7.30 p.m.; on sundays at 11.5 a.m. The nearest money order office is at Southwick

Railway Station, George Heather, station master

National School, Gabriel McConnochie, master; Caroline L. McConnochie, mistress

Blaker Mrs
Gordon Robert, esq. Raglan villa
Gosset Frederic Richard Mealy, esq.
Holbrooke, Rev. Frederick George, M.A. [vicar], Vicarage
Hale John H. esq. Portslade lodge

Arnold John, farmer
Arnold John, wheelwright
Baker William, grocer & cheesemonger
Blaker Edward, farmer, East hill
Blaker John, market gardener
Cherryman John & Michael, market gardeners
Dudney John, brewer
Hamilton James, beer retailer
Howell William, George inn
Miles George, builder & beer retailer
Miles Thomas, Stag’s Head
Newbery James, grocer
Perry James, beer retailer
Peters Frederick & Abraham, market gardeners
Peters Charles, butcher
Peters Edwin, baker
Peters Francis, miller
Reed William, market gardener

Copperas Gap.
Ellis Rev. J. J. [incumbent]

Akehurst Richard, Halfway House
Andrews Eli, shoe maker
Baker & Sons, blacksmiths
Blaker Caroline (Mrs.), grocer
Blaker John, brick maker
Cheeseman Sarah & Ann (Misses), grocers
Constable Abraham, carpenter
Fennell Henry, Station inn
Gigins James, baker
Grinyer Jane (Mrs.), beer retailer
Hall William, beer retailer
Hammond James, Clarence inn
Harris George, butcher
Hicks Thomas, miller & baker
Hill Thomas, road surveyor
Holes James, brick maker
Hudson Henry, sen. farmer
Nicholls Edward, carter
Rose James, grocer
Short Luke, beer retailer
Smith Charles Richard & sons, millers
Stringer Thomas, brick maker
Tanner William, butcher
Tate Thomas, beer retailer
Wheeler Frederick, grocer