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

PLAYDEN is a parish, in the Eastern division of the county, hundred of Goldspur, Rye union and county court district, Hastings rape, rural deanery of Dallington, archdeaconry of Lewes, and diocese of Chichester, three-quarters of a mile north from Rye. The church of St. Michael is in the Early English style of architecture. The living is a discharged rectory, annexed to that of East Guildford, joint annual value 450, in the gift of the Rev. C. Shrubb, and held by the Rev. Charles Mead Ramus, M.A., of Trinity College, Cambridge; the Rev. Leighton Robinson is curate in sole charge. The river Rother and the Royal Military Canal pass through this parish. Here is an hospital, founded in honour of St. Bartholomew, and under the government of the Dean and Chapter of Westminster. The area is 1,308 acres; the population in 1861 was 305.- Letters received through Rye, which is the nearest money order office

Austin Mrs
Burra Henry, esq. Guldeford lodge

COMMERCIAL.
Austin Edwin (exors. of), farmer, Hook's house
Burkett John, grazier
Collyer Elizabeth (Mrs.), farmer
Elliott Thomas, farmer & brewer
Gladwish Hugh, miller
Lennard Samuel, beer retailer
Payne Thomas Henry, shipowner
Smith Edwin, miller
Smith John, farmer
Smith William, farmer

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