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Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1923The Story of Wadhurst by Alfred A. Wace ⇒ p. 56

Historical records

1332HistoryMaplehurstWace's Wadhurst
The Castle is a new name for the very old Maplehurst. In the Wadhurst Subsidy Roll of 1332 (Edward III.) we find " Matilda of Maplehurst" assessed, and it was then just an "old farmhouse after the style of Great Pell."

1685HistoryMaplehurstWace's Wadhurst
The Revocation of the Edict of Nantes (1685) made its mark in Wadhurst by the arrival of at least one French Protestant at Maplehurst. Connected with this, probably, there exists the original list of " moneys collected in the Parish" of Wadhurst for the relief of the Poor Palatines, 1688." The total, £1 11s. 1d., is made up of forty-eight contributions, and attached to the list is this note - "The above mentioned Palatines were terribly ravaged by the French in 1688, some thousands of the mixed peasantry were sent to America by the British Government and by the British people."

1686 to 1689HistoryMaplehurstWace's Wadhurst
Maplehurst was for a very long time held by the Sheldons, " eminent merchants dwelling in or near London." In 1686-9 a Sheldon was rated for it.

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

c 1810HistoryMaplehurstWace's Wadhurst
Early in the last century Thomas Sheldon sold Maplehurst to Jas. Louis West, a Devon man, many years resident in India. … He pulled down old Maplehurst, and built the present house of sandstone, brought from the ruins of Faircrouch; hence its old appearance with battlements round entire edifice; in demesne of about 224 acres, disposed in woods. While still building he died (1819) leaving his Wadhurst and Devon property to two friends - in trust for M. A. Talbot.

c 1826HistoryMaplehurstWace's Wadhurst
In 1826 the completed house and property [Maplehurst] were acquired by Aylmer Haly, of the 4th K.O. Dragoons, in exchange for his estate of Beaudesert and vineyard in the Commune of Onzouer-sur-Tresse, in Canton Briare. Haly at the same time bought from Henry Playsted Luck's land, adjoining Scrag Oak. … Haly turned Maplehurst into Wadhurst Castle "by reason of its situation on the verge of the town."

c 1844HistoryWadhurst Castle [als Maplehurst]Wace's Wadhurst
Later he sold the property to Robert Harding, and the latter's mortgagees sold it in 1844 to Edward Watson Smyth - once more a London Merchant - who in 1870 added rooms on the north side, using stone from the quarry below the village.

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation LANDED PROPRIETOREdward W. SmytheWadhurst Castle1851 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusWifeMary W. Smythe
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation: cookSarah Griffiths
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation: housemaidMary Halls
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation: housemaidElizabeth Hammond
30th Mar 1851CensusSister-in-lawFanny A. Hay
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation KitchenmaidSarah Sowen
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation ServantJames Swain

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

3rd Apr 1881CensusSamuel Manktelow, M, Head, married, age 49, born Wadhurst; occupation Farm labourerSamuel ManktelowNo 1, Castle Cottages1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusJane Manktelow, F, Wife, married, age 45, born KentJane Manktelow [Stevens]
3rd Apr 1881CensusHarry Manktelow, M, Son, single, age 19, born Staplehurst; occupation GardenerHarry Manktelow
3rd Apr 1881CensusJane Manktelow, F, Daughter, single, age 20, born Cranbrook, unemployed; occupation Domestic ServantJane Manktelow
3rd Apr 1881CensusErnest Manktelow, M, Son, age 16, born Staplehurst; occupation Farm labourerErnest Manktelow
3rd Apr 1881CensusClara Manktelow, F, Daughter, age 11, born Staplehurst; occupation ScholarClara Manktelow
3rd Apr 1881CensusSusan Manktelow, F, Daughter, age 10, born Staplehurst; occupation ScholarSusan Manktelow
3rd Apr 1881CensusSamuel Manktelow, M, Son, age 8, born Staplehurst; occupation ScholarSamuel Manktelow
3rd Apr 1881CensusBertha Manktelow, F, Daughter, age 6, born Staplehurst; occupation ScholarBertha Manktelow
3rd Apr 1881CensusEmma Stevens, F, Daughter, age 4, born MardenEmma Manktelow
3rd Apr 1881CensusEsther Stevens, F, Mother In Law, widowed, age 81, born WrothamEsther Stevens

3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Garratt, M, Head, married, age 56, born Framfield; occupation: gardenerGeorge Garratt, gardenerNo 2, Castle Cottages1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusSophia Garratt, F, Wife, married, age 56, born TicehurstSophia Garratt
3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Markwick, M, Visitor, age 12, born CatsfieldGeorge Markwick
3rd Apr 1881CensusErnest Markwick, M, Nurse Child, age 4, born WadhurstErnest Markwick

3rd Apr 1881CensusJames Saunders, M, Head, married, age 46, born Dorset; occupation CoachManJames SaundersWadhurst Castle Stables1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusElizabeth Saunders, F, Wife, married, age 44, born MiddlesexElizabeth Saunders

3rd Apr 1881CensusRobert Watson-Smyth, M, Head, married, age 67, born Middlesex; occupation MagistrateRobert Watson-SmythWadhurst Castle1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusLouisa Watson-Smyth, F, Wife, married, age 53, born MiddlesexLouisa Watson-Smyth
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary Emily Watson-Smyth, F, Daughter, single, age 34, born East GrinsteadMary Emily Watson-Smyth
3rd Apr 1881CensusMarian Watson-Smyth, F, Daughter, single, age 26, born East GrinsteadMarian Watson-Smyth
3rd Apr 1881CensusAgnes Watson-Smyth, F, Daughter, single, age 21, born East GrinsteadAgnes Watson-Smyth
3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam H. Rogers, M, Servant, married, age 49, born Kent; occupation: butlerWilliam H. Rogers
3rd Apr 1881CensusHarriet Knowles, F, Servant, single, age 24, born Kent; occupation: cookHarriet Knowles
3rd Apr 1881CensusAmalia Funke, F, Servant, single, age 24, born Germany; occupation: lady's maidAmalia Funke
3rd Apr 1881CensusElizabeth Hubbard, F, Servant, single, age 46, born Wadhurst; occupation: housemaidElizabeth Hubbard
3rd Apr 1881CensusAgnes Crittle, F, Servant, single, age 23, born Frant; occupation: housemaidAgnes Crittle
3rd Apr 1881CensusElizabeth Simmons, F, Servant, single, age 18, born Berkshire; occupation KitchenMaidElizabeth Simmons

1903Wadhurst Castle and ParkWadhurst Castle and Park photographed by Francis FrithBrian and Cynthia Bell's photographs

1903Wadhurst CastleWadhurst Castle photographed by Francis FrithBrian and Cynthia Bell's photographs

1903Wadhurst Castle LodgeWadhurst Castle Lodge photographed by Francis FrithBrian and Cynthia Bell's photographs

1905Wadhurst CastleWadhurst CastlePrivate collection

1906Wadhurst CastleWadhurst Castle, Wadhurst photographed by Francis FrithPrivate collection

1911The Castle GardensThe Castle Gardens, WadhurstPrivate collection

1915Wadhurst CastleWadhurst Castle, Wadhurst photographed by H.H Camburn, Tunbridge WellsPrivate collection

1919Wadhurst CastleWadhurst CastlePrivate collection

c 1920Wadhurst CastleWadhurst Castle, WadhurstPrivate collection

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