From Kelly’s Post Office Directory of Essex, Herts, Middlesex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, 1867
ROTTINGDEAN is a parish and village on the seacoast, between Brighton and Newhaven; here are bathing machines; private baths have been established, and many lodging houses have been erected: it is in the Eastern division of the county, Younsmere hundred, Newhaven union, Lewes rape, archdeaconry and rural deanery, and diocese of Chichester, 54 miles from London, 4 east from, and in the county court district of, Brighton. The church of St. Margaret is in the Early English style and consists of nave, aisle, chancel, and tower with spire. The register dates from 1710. The living is a vicarage, annual value £332, with residence, in the gift of the Earl of Abergavenny, and held by the Rev. Arthur Thomas, M.A., of Trinity College, Cambridge. This village is noted for its wells, which are empty at high water, and rise as the tide falls. Pebbles of agate and chalcedony are found here, which are cut and polished for bracelets, and called Rottingdean pebbles. The Brighton industrial schools are situate at Warren farm in this parish. The area is 3,639 acres; the population in 1861 was 1,016.
Parish Clerk, Richard Belton.
POST OFFICE.- Edward Pantlin, receiver. Letters arrive from Brighton at 9.30 a.m. & second arrival at 4.30 p.m.; sunday 11 a.m.; dispatched at the same time. The nearest money order office is at Brighton
Liverpool & London & Globe Fire & Life, Wm. Allwork
Royal Fire & Life, Henry Bowen
Brighton Industrial, Warren farm
National, George Lihou, master; Mrs. Elizabeth Lihou, mistress
CARRIERS.- Stephen Welfare, accommodation van for passengers & parcels to Brighton daily, at 10 a.m.; returning at 4 p.m. from the City of Hereford Inn; Richard Eager, daily, to & from Brighton, through Rottingdean, every wednesday, to the ‘Unicorn,’, North street, returning same day
Beard Charles, esq.
Hewitt James, esq.
Hewitt William W. M.A.
Olding Stephen, esq. Rock lodge
Parr Mr. Edwin
Stanley Rev. Isaac
Strangway Mrs. Woodendean
Thomas Rev. Arthur, M.A. [vicar]
Allwork Thomas, butcher
Allwork William, baker & dealer in corn, hay, straw &c.
Avis George, beer retailer
Baker Dinah (Mrs.), Royal Oak
Beard Charles, farmer, sheep grazier & landowner
Bethell John, chemical works
Bowles Edmund, blacksmith
Champion Cooper, boot & shoe maker & harness maker
Cheeseman William Alfred, dairyman, Black rock
Cowley William, farmer & dairyman, Black rock
Eager Richard, greengrocer
Gorringe William, beer retailer
Henty John, lodging house
Hewitt James, classical academy
Hide Edward, shoe maker
Hide Moses, bricklayer
Hide Richard, bricklayer
Holford Abraham, farmer, Black rock
Lade John Trill, farmer, Woodendean
Pantlin Edward, White Horse inn, & sub-postmaster
Reed Samuel, grocer & draper & tax collector
Rich Henry (Mrs.), furniture broker
Saxby William, farmer
Thomas John, beer retailer
Thorpe George (Mrs.), laundress
Turner Francis, carpenter
Welfare Alfred, plumber & glazier
Welfare Edward, shoe maker
Winchester Richard, wheelwright
Wright Alfred, dairyman
Wright Miriam, grocer