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

SHIPLEY is an extensive parish, 6 miles south from Horsham, and 44 from London, in the Western division of the county, West Grinstead hundred, rape of Bramber, Horsham union and county court district, diocese and archdeaconry of Chichester, and rural deanery of Storrington. The church of St. Mary is chiefly Norman, and consists of chancel, tower, and nave. The register commences in 1609. The living is a perpetual curacy, value £98 per annum, with residence, in the gift of the Hon. Mrs. Vernon Harcourt, and held by the Rev. Henry Law Cooper, M.A., of St. John’s College. Cambridge. Here is a boys’ school, which was endowed by Mrs. Andrew of this parish, in 1825, with about £40 per annum. The girls’ school-room is a very neat and spacious building, with residence attached for the mistress: it was built at the expense of the late Sir C. M. Burrell, Bart., and the Hon. Mrs. Vernon Harcourt, in 1858. There are two useful and flourishing Friendly Societies – the Coolham, established in 1836, and the Temperate established in 1841. Here is Knepp Castle, the seat of Sir Percy Burrell, Bart., M.P., but now (1866) occupied by Major John Aldridge, J.P., a castellated building, erected by the late Sir C. M. Burrell, Bart.: it is on a gentle elevation, commanding views of picturesque scenery both within and beyond the park, and overlooking the most extensive piece of water south of the river Thames: of the old castle, once the seat of the Braose family, only a single remnant of the keep is now standing. Sir Percy Burrell, Bart., M.P., is lord of the manor, and owner of a large portion of the soil. The area is 7,698 acres; the population in 1861 was 1,212.

Parish Clerk, Michael Dean.

POST OFFICE.- Frend Marten, receiver. Letters from Horsham arrive at 8.25 a.m.; dispatched at 5.40 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Horsham

Boys’ (Endowed), Michael Dean, master
Girls’, Miss Emily Flint, mistress

Aldridge Major John, J.P. Knepp castle, & at St. Leonard’s, Lower Beeding; & United Service Club, Pall mall, London s.w.
Bourke Hon. C. F. Woodgaters
Cooper Rev. Henry Law, M.A. Parsonage

Attwater Jonathan, shopkeeper
Botting Ann (Mrs.), farmer, Purveyors
Botting Edward, farmer, Pondtail farm
Bowel James, tailor
Bristow Michael, farmer & landowner, Hummer farm
Buckman Thomas, farmer, Booges
Burtonshaw Henry, farmer & land owner, Faulkner’s farm
Cawston George, land steward to Sir Percy Burrell, bart. M.P.
Charman John, beer retailer
Coates John, farmer, Pondtail farm
Curtis Alfred, farmer, Pollard’s hill
Dean Michael, collector of rates & taxes
Evershed Henry, farmer, New Buildings farm
Goacher James, farmer
Goacher William, farmer
Halloway Joseph, farmer, Hoe’s farm
Holloway Richard, farmer, Goff’s land
Harding Michl. carpenter, Coolham grn.
Harding Michael, farmer, Patman’s frm.
Hurst Henry Robt. farmer, Benton’s frm.
Joyes Edwin, miller & shopkeeper
Joyes Elizabeth (Mrs.), farmer, Baker’s frm.
Jupp William, blacksmith
Lewry Henry, farmer, Brick kiln
Marten Frend, shopkeeper & miller
Matthews Wm, farmer & shoe maker
Meeten William, farmer, Goring Lee
Mills Richard, farmer, Durent’s farm
Muggridge Joseph, farmer
Nailard Henry, farmer
Newman Peter, farmer, Jenden’s farm
Parker Henry & Allen, farmers, Crookhorn farm
Patching Richard, farmer, Lackenhurst
Pollard James, Blacksmith’s Arms inn, & blacksmith
Potter James, farmer, Old House farm
Rapley John, butcher
Rapley Reuben, butcher, Copyhold
Rapley William, farmer
Reeves Thos. farmer, Courtland’s farm
Rice George, grocer
Slater George, Selsey Arms, & butcher
Stepney Thomas, farmer
Stone George, farmer, Lodge farm
Stotesbury Richard, foreman of the works to Sir Percy Burrell, bart. M.P.
Summersell Henry, builder
Thorns George, relieving officer & registrar of births & deaths (for No. 2 district), Bricklayers’ hall
Trower Henry, farmer, Bailey’s farm
Turner Henry, grocer
Vincent James, farmer, Church farm
Wood John, farmer & landowner, Blonk’s farm
Worsfold John, wheelwright