From Kelly's Post Office Directory of Essex, Herts, Middlesex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, 1867
LAUGHTON is a Parish, 6 miles north-cast from Lewes Station, and 7 from Hailsham, in the Eastern division of the county, Shiplake hundred, Pevensey rape and rural deanery, Hailsham union, county court district and archdeaconry of Lewes, and diocese of Chichester. In the church (name unknown), which is small, and consists of nave and chancel, is a burial place of the Pelham family; and in a vault beneath are the remains of more than forty of that noble and now ducal house. The register dates from 1650. The living is a vicarage, yearly value £256, with residence, in the gift of the Earl of Chichester, and held by the Rev. Charles Dennis Charlton, M.A. of St. John's College, Cambridge, Here is a police station of the Sussex constabulary. The manor of Laughton, which belongs to the Earl of Chichester is very extensive, comprehending
nearly the whole of the six Parishes forming the hundred of Shiplake. Laughton Lodge is the seat of Sir James Duke, Bart., Alderman of the City of London. The parish comprises 5,075 acres, and the population in 1861 was 742.
HALLAND PARK, formerly the principal seat of the Pelham family, from Sir. John Pelham, famous in the reign of Edward III., is now merely a substantial farmhouse, and is 2 Miles north; SHORT GATE, 2 miles north-west; COLBRANDS, one mile west.
Parish Clerk, Henry Funnell.
POST OFFICE.- John Taylor, postmaster. Letters arrive from Hurst Green at 7.30 a.m. box closes at 8 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Lewes
Sussex Constabulary Police Station, George Medhurst, constable
Parochial Free School, George Perrin, master; Mrs. Maria Arnold, mistress
Benwell Rev. W. M.A. [curate]
Duke Alderman Sir James, bart. Laughton lodge
Mannington William, esq. Laughton pl.
Morris Benjamin, esq.
Starnes Miss, Laughton cottage
Arnold John, farm bailiff
Barber Thomas, shoe maker
Barrow Joseph & Job, farmers
Booker Henry, farmer, Halland park
Cosham Mary (Mrs.), Bell, Shortgate
Cowley Charles, farmer, Mark cross
Guy Joseph, blacksmith
Guy Thomas, farmer, Park house
Hall Henry & John, potters, Whitesmith
Hinckley Edwd. brick maker, Broomham
Kennard Thomas, farmer, Whitesmith
Knight John, farmer, Stone cross
Mannington Wm. farmer, Laughton pl.
Moppett Samuel, brick maker, Laughton common
Paine Samuel, cattle dealer & grazier
Pierpoint George, general dealer
Ranger Mark, general dealer, Laughton cottage
Shoosmith John, farmer, Chambers court
Springate Henry, farmer
Starnes Charles, farmer, Millward's farm
Starnes Edward, cooper & carpenter
Starnes George, shopkeeper, Starnes
Starnes Thomas, farmer, whitesmith
Stevens Ann (Mrs.), Roebuck
Taylor John, carpenter, builder. wheelwright & postmaster
Tomsett Frederick, shopkeeper
Underwood Emma (Mrs.), grocer & draper
Watford George, butcher; & at East Hoathly
Willett John, farmer, Colbrand's farm
Winter John, farm bailiff to Mr. Charles Cowley, Mark cross
Woolgar William, farm bailiff to Mr. W. Kirby, Sargent's farm