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

WARBLETON is a parish, 7 miles north from Hailsham, 3 south from Heathfield, and 10 west from Battle railway station, in the Eastern division of the county, Hawkesborough hundred, Lewes county court district and archdeaconry, Hailsham union, Hastings rape, diocese of Chichester, and rural deanery of Dallington. The church of St. Mary is a neat structure, consisting of nave, chancel, north aisle, and square tower containing 6 bells, of the thirteenth century: in the north chancel is a handsome monument and bust to the memory of Sir John Lade, Bart., and on the floor of the chancel is a beautiful brass to the memory of Dean William Prestwick; the figure, which is admirably executed, is somewhat remarkable, as exhibiting upon the edges of the sacerdotal vestment a quotation from the book of Job, ch. 19, v. 25 and 26, and the beautiful crocketed canopy terminates in a finial, composed of a pelican feeding her young with her own blood, with the motto on a scroll, “Sic Christus dilexit nos.” The parish register dates from 1558. The living is a rectory, value £663 per annum, with residence, in the gift of, and held by, the Rev. George Edward Haviland, M.A., of St. John’s College, Cambridge; £100 per annum gross rent-charge has been alienated for the endowment of Bodle Street Green consolidated chapelry. The Earls of Ashburnham and Chichester, and the trustees of Smith’s charity, are lords of the manor. Here are charities of £45 annual value. Stone House, the seat of John Roberts Dunn, Esq., D.L., is a large mansion, partly in the Elizabethan style and partly modern, situated in well wooded and pleasant grounds: this mansion has been in the Roberts family for several centuries. Markly is the seat of George Darby, Esq., D.L.: the house, which is large and commodious, commands extensive views of the surrounding scenery. About one mile east of Rushlake Green are the remains of an ancient priory (now forming part of the Priory farm house), built by John Pelham in the year 1413, for the monks of the Holy Trinity in Hastings. The parish contained in 1861 a population of 1,431 and the area is 5,763 acres.

Parish Clerk, Thomas Message.

POST OFFICE.- Thomas Daw, receiver. Letter’s are forwarded from Hurst Green to Heathfield by mail cart, & arrive here by foot post at 8.15 a.m.; dispatched at 8 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Heathfield

INSURANCE AGENT.- Liverpool & London & Globe & Life, Henry Balcombe, Rushlake green

Assistant Overseer, Henry Balcombe, Rushlake green
Parochial School, James Daughtry, master; Mrs. Eliza Daughtry, mistress

CARRIER TO LONDON.- James Bourner, from Buxted, passes through every monday, wednesday & friday

Beck William, esq.
Calder Gillies, esq. Rushlake green
Chrismas Henry, esq. Beech hill
Darby George, esq. J.P. [& deputy lieut. of Sussex], Markly
Darby Rev. John Clere Scott, M.A. Markly
Dunn John Roberts, esq. J.P. [& deputy lieut. of Sussex], Stone house
Haviland Rev. George Edward, M.A. [rector], Rectory
Shepheard Mrs. Rushlake green

Baitup Richard, miller
Balcombe Henry, auctioneer & appraiser, Rushlake green
Barrow George, farmer & hop grower
Beal Henry, farmer
Beck William, farmer, Bucksteep
Birch George, farmer & hop grower
Booth Reuben, farmer, Willetts
Bourner Peter, farmer, Woodlands
Bristow William & Reuben, millers
Burgess Benjamin, bricklayer
Burgess Emma (Mrs.), Horse & Groom, Rushlake green
Burgess James, farmer & bricklayer
Calder Gillies, surgeon, Rushlake green
Catt Charles, farmer, Kemp’s farm
Chrismas Henry & Thomas, landowners, farmers & hop growers, Beech hill
Collins Horace, farmer
Cornford Samuel, farmer & brick maker
Croft James, farmer, Dean farm
Crowhurst Jas. farmer, Rushlake green
Dallaway Stephen, farmer, Downgate
Daw Henry, boot & shoe maker
Daw Luke, farmer, Sandhill farm
Ellis Edwin, farmer
Errey Mrs. farmer, Rigsford
Farmer Stephen, farmer, Batsford
Fox Andrew, saddler & harness maker, Rushlake green
Fullbrook Mary (Mrs.), farmer
Funnell Elizabeth (Mrs.), beer retailer
Grant Henry, watch maker, Rushlake green
Harris John, farmer & hop grower, Little Bucksteep
Hazelman Robert, grocer & linen draper, Rushlake green
Hicks Walter, farmer, Earlsdown farm
Hopkinson Thomas Joseph, farmer, Kingsley hill
Hosmond Edwd. farmer, Cluckhen farm
Jenner Walter, War Bill in Ton
Kemp James, blacksmith & farmer
Lade Levi, farmer, Egypt
Martin Pennington, farmer, hop grower & brick maker, Rushlake green
Message Richard, farmer & hop grower, Tilement farm
Message Thomas, boot & shoe maker
Neve Stephen, millwright
Noakes James, farmer, Toll farm
Olive Thomas, farmer, Pilley farm
Oxley Richard, White Horse
Pankhurst Joseph, farm bailiff to George Darby, esq.
Payne John, blacksmith
Perrigoe William, farmer, Peartree farm
Pitcher Robert, farmer & hop grower, Crawle farm
Pratt James, farmer, Hunton’s farm
Reeves John, farmer & hop grower, Chantry farm
Reeves Robert Raguel, farmer & hop grower, Beason’s farm
Rogers Henry, farmer & hop grower, Grovely farm
Rumnary Thomas, bricklayer
Simmonds Thomas, farmer, Bodle street
Smith Mrs. farmer
Sutton Edward, carpenter
Sweetman Richard, farmer, Flitterbrook
Ticehurst Richard, farmer, Bunce’s farm
Waters Robert, grocer & linen draper, Rushlake green
Wickens George, farmer, White Birch
Winchester Wm. wheelwright, Bodle st