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Riverhall      Wadhurst  
This Riverhall mansion shows signs of former magnificence, but the greater part now remaining has been modernised; the front entirely plain tiled, and ancient windows replaced by modern casements - on the south side there is a very perfect Gothic doorway, in the upper part of which are two ornamental shields, one bearing the initial N. the other the year 1591, supposed to be the date of the old building. The back still shows in its windows stone mullions, remnants of old days, and one gable end. In the Hall some stained glass has the initial F. and the iron chimney back has on it the arms of Queen Elizabeth. The oak panelled room on right of the entrance has a stained glass window with W.F. 1618 on it.
extract from Wace's Wadhurst


Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1835The History, Antiquities and Topography of the County of Sussex by Thomas Walker Horsfield, F.S.A.p. 406
1870A Compendious History of Sussex - Volume I. by Mark Antony Lower, M.A.p. 192
1923The Story of Wadhurst by Alfred A. Wace ⇒ p. 72; p. 97
1931Wealden Iron by Ernest Straker ⇒ p. 275
1947Frant - A Parish History by Henry S. Eeles ⇒ p. 184

Historical records

c 1505BirthWilliam FowleRiverhallIGI - Family Search
Film 962426

c 1550HistoryRiverhallWace's Wadhurst
Riverhall was held from the middle of the 16th Century, with an estate partly in Wadhurst and partly in Frant, by the old family of Fowle

1604BirthWilliam FowleRiverhallIGI - Family Search
Film 1903782

1606BirthFrances FowleRiverhallIGI - Family Search
Film 1760751

1608BirthElinor FowleRiverhallIGI - Family Search
Film 1760751

1610BirthBridget FowleRiverhallIGI - Family Search
Film 1760751

1612BirthAnn FowleRiverhallIGI - Family Search
Film 1760751

1614BirthBarbara FowleRiverhallIGI - Family Search
Film 1760751

1630BirthNicholas FowleRiverhallIGI - Family Search
Film 1903782

1632BirthWilliam FowleRiverhallIGI - Family Search
Film 1903782

1634HistoryRiverhallWace's Wadhurst
The Nicholas Fowle of those good days died in 1634. His son William died in 1660, and was followed by another Nicholas, who married a daughter of John Barham of Shoesmith.

1634BirthJohn FowleRiverhallIGI - Family Search
Film 1903782

c 1724Eridge Park, Sussex - c 1724Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1724 by Richard BudgenRiverhall
seat of Nicholas Fowle, Esq.

1726HistoryRiverhallWace's Wadhurst
One more Nicholas Fowle, who married a Barham cousin of Scragoak, lived at Riverhall in 1726.

c 1785West front, RiverhallWest front, Riverhall, Wadhurst by Samuel Hieronymus GrimmSamuel Hieronymus Grimm, topographical artistThe Burrell Collection

1825HistoryRiverhallWace's Wadhurst
The house was bought by William Randall of Battersea, who married an heiress named Suter. He died in 1825 and his will resulted in long litigation which was still going on, with the widow still in possession

c 1825Eridge Park, Sussex - c 1825Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1825 by Christopher and John GreenwoodRiverhall

6th Jun 1841CensusJames Page, M, Head, age 65 to 69, born Sussex; occupation BAILIFFJames PageLittle River Hall1841 Census
Frant, Sussex
6th Jun 1841CensusJames Page, M, [Son], age 20 to 24, born Sussex; occupation Farm labourerJames Page

6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Waghorn, M, Head, age 20 to 24, born Sussex; occupation Farm labourerWilliam Waghorn, sergeant of policeLittle River Hall1841 Census
Frant, Sussex
6th Jun 1841CensusLidia Waghorn, F, [Wife], age 25 to 29, born SussexLydia Waghorn
6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Waghorn, M, [Son], age 2, born SussexWilliam Waghorn
6th Jun 1841CensusJames Waghorn, M, [Son], age 4 months, born SussexJames Waghorn
6th Jun 1841CensusEllen Humphry, F, age 10, born SussexEllen Humphry
6th Jun 1841CensusFanny Smith, F, age 1, born SussexFanny Smith

6th Jun 1841CensusJno Clark, M, Head, age 30 to 34, born Sussex, occupation: farm labourerJohn Clark, farm labourerLittle River Hall1841 Census
Frant, Sussex
6th Jun 1841CensusHarriott Clark, F, [Wife], age 30 to 34, born SussexHarriett Clark [Tickner]
6th Jun 1841CensusElizabeth Clark, F, [Daughter], age 2, born SussexElizabeth Clark
6th Jun 1841CensusJesse Couchman, M, age 50 to 54, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourerJesse Couchman

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation FARM BAILIFFCharles J. MacklinRiverhall1851 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusVisitor; occupation: surveyorJoseph Lattimer
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation GARDENERRichard Purser
30th Mar 1851CensusServant's daughterJulia Ann Springett
30th Mar 1851CensusServant's wifeRhoda Springett [Comber]
30th Mar 1851CensusServant's daughter; occupation SCHOLARElizabeth Springett
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation Farm labourerRichard Springett
30th Mar 1851CensusServant's daughter; occupation SCHOLARFanny Springett

c 1875North East of Mark Cross, Sussex - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyRiverhall

3rd Apr 1881CensusLeah Piper, F, Head, widowed, age 66, born WadhurstLeah Piper [Latter]Riverhall Farm1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorgena R. Piper, F, Daughter, single, age 34, born MayfieldGeorgina R. Piper

3rd Apr 1881CensusLuther E. Piper, M, Head, married, age 31, born Wadhurst, employs 8 men and 2 boys; occupation FarmerLuther Ebenezer Piper, farmerRiverhall Farm1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary Jane Piper, F, Wife, married, age 33, born MayfieldMary Jane Piper [Piper]
3rd Apr 1881CensusAda Mary Piper, F, Daughter, age 4, born Wadhurst; occupation scholarAda Mary Piper
3rd Apr 1881CensusAnna Piper, F, Daughter, age 2, born Wadhurst; occupation scholarAnna Piper
3rd Apr 1881CensusBerman T. Piper, M, Son, age 5, born Wadhurst; occupation scholarBerman T. Piper
3rd Apr 1881CensusMarian G. Piper, F, Daughter, age 10 m, born WadhurstMarian G. Piper
3rd Apr 1881CensusEmily Newington, F, Servant, single, age 17, born West ChiltingtonEmily Newington

3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas King, M, Head, married, age 49, born Surrey; occupation: farm labourerThomas King, farm labourerRiverhall Cottage1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary King, F, Wife, married, age 48, born SurreyMary King
3rd Apr 1881CensusAlbert King, M, Son, age 14, born Surrey; occupation: farm labourerAlbert King

3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam Pratt, M, Head, married, age 42, born Rotherfield; occupation Farm LabourerWilliam PrattRiverhall Cottage1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusSarah Ann Pratt, F, Wife, married, age 38, born WadhurstSarah Ann Pratt
3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam Pratt, M, Son, single, age 19, born Rotherfield; occupation Farm LabourerWilliam Pratt
3rd Apr 1881CensusHenry Pratt, M, Son, age 12, born Surrey; occupation Farm LabourerHenry Pratt
3rd Apr 1881CensusAlice Pratt, F, Daughter, age 10, born Surrey; occupation ScholarAlice Pratt
3rd Apr 1881CensusAlbert Pratt, M, Son, age 8, born Wadhurst; occupation ScholarAlbert Pratt
3rd Apr 1881CensusSarah Pratt, F, Daughter, age 6, born Wadhurst; occupation ScholarSarah Pratt

3rd Apr 1881CensusSimon Blackman, M, Head, married, age 41, born Mayfield, occupation: farm labourerSimon Blackman, farm labourerRiverhall Cottage1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary Blackman, F, Wife, married, age 45, born MayfieldMary Blackman
3rd Apr 1881CensusHarriett Blackman, F, Daughter, age 13, born Mayfield, occupation: scholarHarriett Blackman
3rd Apr 1881CensusRoseannah Blackman, F, Daughter, age 11, born Mayfield, occupation: scholarRoseannah Blackman
3rd Apr 1881CensusEliza Blackman, F, Daughter, age 9, born Mayfield, occupation: scholarEliza Blackman
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary Ann Blackman, F, Daughter, age 7, born Mayfield, occupation: scholarMary Ann Blackman
3rd Apr 1881CensusEmma E. Blackman, F, Daughter, age 5, born Mayfield, occupation: scholarEmma E. Blackman
3rd Apr 1881CensusWhinefret A. Blackman, F, Daughter, age 2, born MayfieldWhinefret A. Blackman
3rd Apr 1881CensusEllen Blackman, F, Daughter, age 7 m, born WadhurstEllen Blackman
3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Smith, M, Stepson, single, age 18, born Rotherfield; occupation Farm LabourerJohn Smith
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