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PublishedTitle, author and references
1766The History of Tunbridge Wells by Thomas Benge Burr ⇒ p. 47
1830Guide of Tunbridge Wells ⇒ p. 64
1840New Guide for Tunbridge Wells by John Colbran and edited by James Phippen ⇒ p. 151

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1670HistoryCape of Good Hope [als High Rocks Inn]Burr's Tunbridge Wells

In 1670, the Duke of York, his duchess, and his two daughters, the princesses Mary and Anne, were at Tunbridge-Wells; and as his royal highness was remarkably pleased with the High-rocks, which he frequently visited, this occasioned the building of a little house there, and from that time it has been fashionable to make entertainments amidst those stupendous ruins of nature; which ever have been, and ever must be reckoned amongst the principal curiosities of the place.


1840HistoryCape of Good Hope [als High Rocks Inn]Colbran's Tunbridge Wells

A new public-house is being built here, which will afford increased accommodation to visitors. In the kitchen fire place of the old house is an iron grate back, which was probably cast at one of the foundries that were formerly in this vicinity. It has the royal arms upon it, with the initials of King James, I. R. 1602.


6th Jun 1841CensusNathaniel Jacob, M, Head, age 74; occupation: publicanNathaniel Jacob, publicanHigh Rocks1841 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent & Frant, Sussex
6th Jun 1841CensusLucy Jacob, F, age 58, born SussexLucy Jacob
6th Jun 1841CensusNathaniel Jacob, M, age 47; occupation: painterNathaniel Jacab
6th Jun 1841CensusLucy Jacob, F, age 30 to 34, born SussexLucy Jacob [Taylor]
6th Jun 1841CensusElizabeth Jacob, F, age 12, born SussexElizabeth Gander [Jacob]
6th Jun 1841CensusEdward Jacob, M, age 8, born SussexEdward Jacob
6th Jun 1841CensusEdward Maynard, M, age 15 to 19, born SussexEdward Maynard
6th Jun 1841CensusRichard Maynard, M, age 13, born SussexRichard Maynard
6th Jun 1841CensusBarbara Taylor, F, age 15 to 19, born Sussex; occupation ServantBarbara Taylor
6th Jun 1841CensusJames Latter, M, age 17, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourerJames Latter

30th Mar 1851CensusHead, occupation: licensed victualler and farmerJames Barnett, licensed victualler and farmerCape Of Good Hope, High Rocks1851 Census
Frant, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusSister; occupation: visitorSarah Deane
30th Mar 1851CensusSister, occupation: visitorSusan Bowson
30th Mar 1851CensusBrother-in-law; occupation: visitorElijah Deane
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; widowed; occupation: housekeeperJane Kennard
30th Mar 1851CensusVisitor, occupation: visitorSusan Brotherhood
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation GENERAL SERVANTEliza Salt
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation COWMANWilliam Townsend
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation MILK BOYEdwin Stevens
30th Mar 1851CensusLodger; occupation: painter journeymanNathaniel Jacab

7th Apr 1861CensusJames Barnett, M, Head, married, age 55, born Frant, Sussex; occupation: victualler and farmer of 380 acres employing 14 men and 3 boysJames Barnett, victualler and farmerHigh Rocks1861 Census
Frant and Tunbridge Wells, Sussex
7th Apr 1861CensusJane Barnett, F, Wife, married, age 46, born Petworth, SussexJane Barnett
7th Apr 1861CensusSarah Ann Barnett, F, Daughter, age 9, born Frant, Sussex; occupation: scholarSarah Ann Barnett
7th Apr 1861CensusEmily Allen, F, Servant, single, age 17, born Withyham, Sussex; occupation: house servantEmily Allen
7th Apr 1861CensusHannah Headley, F, Servant, single, age 15, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: nurse maidHannah Headley
7th Apr 1861CensusDavid Ovenden, M, Servant, single, age 17, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: house servantDavid Ovenden
7th Apr 1861CensusJohn Penticost, M, Servant, single, age 19, born Withyham, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerJohn Penticost

1867Directory entryBarnett James, farmer, Cape, High rocksCape, High rocksPost Office Directory

c 1875Broadwater Forest, Eridge - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyCape of Good Hope Public House

3rd Apr 1881CensusJane Dean, F, Head, widowed, age 61, born Petworth; occupation: hotelkeeper and farmerJane Dean, hotelkeeper and farmerCape Of Good Hope Inn, High Rocks1881 Census
Frant, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusJames Barnett, M, Son, single, age 20, born FrantJames Barnett
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary Brown, F, Servant, single, age 16, born Tonbridge; occupation: general servantMary Brown
3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Pearson, M, Servant, single, age 24, born Pembury; occupation CarterJohn Pearson
3rd Apr 1881CensusAnnie Southerton, F, Niece, single, age 16, born Brighton; occupation BarmaidAnnie Southerton
3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam Pearson, M, Servant, single, age 19, born Frant; occupation StockmanWilliam Pearson

1882Directory entryLipscombe Robert, Cape of Good Hope inn, High RocksCape of Good Hope inn, High RocksKelly's Directory

c 1910High Rocks HotelHigh Rocks Hotel, Tunbridge WellsPrivate collection

1911High Rocks Hotel and GardenHigh Rocks Hotel and Garden, Tunbridge Wells photographed by The Colebrooke SeriesPrivate collection

1925The High Rocks HotelThe High Rocks Hotel, Tunbridge Wells photographed by Photochrom Co., LtdPrivate collection
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