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

RYPE (or RIPE, or Eckington) is a small village, 2 miles from Berwick station, 56 from London, 7 east from Lewes, and 6 west from Hailsham, in the Eastern division of the county, West Firle union, hundred of Shiplake, Lewes county court district and archdeaconry, Pevensey rape, diocese of Chichester, and rural deanery of Rype. The church of St. John the Baptist is a commodious structure, in the Middle Pointed Decorated style: the tower contains 5 bells; the chancel is of ample size. The register in this parish is very peculiar; it is written in Latin from 1520 to 1538, whence it begins as then ordered. The living is a rectory, value £431 per annum, with residence, in the gift of Exeter College, Oxford, and held by the Rev. Robert Shuttleworth Sutton, M.A., formerly a fellow of that college, rural dean. There is a National School in the village. The principal landowners are Alderman Sir James Duke, bart., and W.D. Weeden, Esq. Hall-Court, the seat of W.D. Weeden, Esq., is now occupied by M. Markwick, Esq. The area is 1,120 acres, and the population in 1861 was 631.

Parish Clerk, Stephen Dann

POST OFFICE.- John Guy, receiver. Letters received through Hurst Green; delivered at 9.15 a.m.; box closes, 5.20 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Hailsham

National Schools for Rype & Chalvington (boys & girls) Miss Ann Watts, mistress

Hilder Mr. Samuel, Rype street
Keene Isaac Henry, esq. Brook villa
Markwick Mark, esq. Hall court
Sutton Rev. Robert Shuttleworth, M.A. [rural dean of Rype], Rectory

Andrews John & James, butchers & grocers
Caldicott Matthias, farm bailiff to Mr. Ellman
Cane John, farmer, Rype street
Cowley Charles, sen. farmer, Great Lulhams farm
Geall Susan (Mrs.), carpenter
Guy John, postmaster & shoe maker
Jenner Wm. farmer, Cruttenden’s farm
Martin Luther, farmer, Church farm
Pannett Rd. wheelwright & blacksmith
Picknell John & William, millers
Pont John, boot & shoe maker
Simmons John, registrar of births & deaths & relieving officer for West Firle union
Tingley Stephen, grocer & draper
Townshend Henry, Lamb