The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Smiths Farm [als Denbys Farm and Wick House]      Wadhurst  

Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1923The Story of Wadhurst by Alfred A. Wace ⇒ p. 77

Historical records

1759 to 1817HistoryWick HouseWace's Wadhurst
Wick House - 9 acres - was once called Denby's farm, and later Smiths. Under one or other of these names it was the property of Samuel Playsted in 1759 and Henry Playsted in 1817

c 1795Wadhurst, Sussex - c 1795Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1795 by William Gardner and Thomas GreamSmiths Farm

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation LabourerJames TompsettWick Farm House1851 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusWifeOlive Tompsett
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughter; occupation SCHOLARMary Olive Tompsett
30th Mar 1851CensusSon; occupation SCHOLARAlfred Tompsett
30th Mar 1851CensusSon; occupation SCHOLAREli Tompsett
30th Mar 1851CensusSonFrank Tompsett
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughterRuth Tompsett
30th Mar 1851CensusSonBenjamin Tompsett

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; employs 2 people; occupation FARMERGeorge Luck PlaystedWick Cottage1851 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusWifeEmily Playsted
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughterEmily Rose Playsted
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughterHarriett Eliza Playsted
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation: servantMary Huntington

c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveySmiths Farm

3rd Apr 1881CensusBernard Mcmahon, M, Head, widowed, age 35, born Warwickshire; occupation Minister Iron Church Buckland HillBernard McMahonWick House1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusJesse Martin, M, Servt, married, age 72, born Wadhurst; occupation LabourerJesse Martin
3rd Apr 1881CensusHarriet Martin, F, Servt, married, age 60, born Wadhurst; occupation HousekeeperHarriet Martin

3rd Apr 1881CensusFrederick J. Piper, M, Head, married, age 48, born Burwash; occupation Farm labourerFrederick John Piper, farm labourerWick Farm House1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary Ann Piper, F, Wife, married, age 48, born BurwashMary Ann Piper [Russell]
3rd Apr 1881CensusJane Piper, F, Daughter, single, age 18, born WadhurstJane Piper
3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Piper, M, Son, age 15, born Wadhurst; occupation Farm labourerGeorge Piper
3rd Apr 1881CensusHorace Piper, M, Son, age 11, born Wadhurst; occupation scholarHorace Piper
3rd Apr 1881CensusEmily Piper, F, Daughter, age 8, born Wadhurst; occupation scholarEmily Jane Piper
3rd Apr 1881CensusAgnes Piper, F, Daughter, age 5, born Wadhurst; occupation scholarAgnes Piper

1904HistoryWick HouseWace's Wadhurst
The Playsted family held the property for 150 years, till in 1904 C. J. Playsted sold it to Marquis Camden. The house is now called Orchard Lea.

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