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1372 to 1427HistoryWhilighWace's Wadhurst
Whiligh became a separate manor in the reign of Edward III. Before that it was part of the Manor of Ticehurst and of the Bibleham portion of Wadhurst then held by the family of Pashley. In 1372 (Edward I.) the "Whileigh" lands were granted by Sir Robert de Pashly to two residents of Goudhurst, one of whom in 1427 settled them on Ralph Shoyswell and his wife, the widow of Thos. Playsted.

1501HistoryWhilighWace's Wadhurst
Whiligh passed by indentures of 1479 and 1501 to William Saunders of Goudhurst the owner of Great Pell then "an extensive mansion."

1512 to 1541HistoryWhilighWace's Wadhurst
In 1512 he [William Saunders] left all his property in Wadhurst and Ticehurst to John Courthope of Hartfield, who had married his daughter and was also his co-heir in blood. That devise led to protracted litigation, only ended when in 1539 John Courthope granted Whiligh, Burgess land, and Moseham to his younger son George, the elder brother John receiving other land, and releasing by a deed of 1541 all his rights and interests in the above named lands. Since that Whiligh has passed from father to son in that same line, every ,successor a George Courthope.

c 1724Wadhurst, Sussex - c 1724Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1724 by Richard BudgenWhiligh
seat of George Courthope, Esq.

1745HistoryWhilighWace's Wadhurst
During the rising in Scotland in 1745 in favour of "The Pretender," Wadhurst and Ticehurst, like other places, had hot Jacobites and keen Hanoverians. The then Vicar of Wadhurst, Bush, always attributed much of the feeling shown against him in the matter of his tithes, to his having reported to Whiligh on the authority of a Ticehurst farmer that the Vicar of that place had preached a sermon in favour of the Pretender.

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

c 1825Wadhurst, Sussex - c 1825Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1825 by Christopher and John GreenwoodWhiligh

1840[North] Sussex[North] Sussex by Joshua Archer, Pentonville, LondonWhitighDugdale
Dugdale's England and Wales Delineated

3rd Apr 1881CensusHenry Clifton, M, Head, widowed, age 64, born Wadhurst, occupation: under gardenerHenry Clifton, farm labourerNo 1, Whiligh Cottages1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Clifton, M, Son, single, age 34, born Wadhurst, occupation: house painterGeorge Clifton
3rd Apr 1881CensusAnna Clifton, F, Daughter, single, age 29, born Wadhurst, occupation: housekeeperAnna Clifton
3rd Apr 1881CensusEsther Clifton, F, Daughter, single, age 24, born Wadhurst, occupation: assistant school teacherEsther Clifton

3rd Apr 1881CensusJabez Mabb, M, Head, married, age 28, born Wadhurst; occupation: under gardenerJabez Mabb, under gardenerNo 2, Whiligh Cottages1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusHarriett Mabb, F, Wife, married, age 25, born WadhurstHarriett Mabb
3rd Apr 1881CensusJabez Mabb, M, Son, age 4, born WadhurstJabez Mabb

3rd Apr 1881CensusJoseph Mabb, M, Head, widowed, age 65, born Wadhurst; occupation: farm labourerJoseph Mabb, farm labourerNo 3, Whiligh Cottages1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusNaomi Mabb, F, Daughter, single, age 23, born WadhurstNaomi Mabb

3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Manktelow, M, Head, widowed, age 77, born Wadhurst; occupation: farm labourerJohn Manktelow, farm labourerWhiligh Cottages1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex

3rd Apr 1881CensusHenry Tompsett, M, Head, married, age 64, born Wadhurst; occupation Farm labourerHenry TompsettWhiligh Cottage, Church Settle Lane1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusEmily Tompsett, F, Wife, married, age 40, born TicehurstEmily Tompsett
3rd Apr 1881CensusElizabeth Tompsett, F, Daughter, age 16, born Ticehurst, unemployed; occupation Domestic ServantElizabeth Tompsett
3rd Apr 1881CensusAnnie Tompsett, F, Daughter, age 12, born Wadhurst; occupation ScholarAnnie Langridge [Tompsett]
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary Tompsett, F, Daughter, age 8, born Wadhurst; occupation ScholarMary Tompsett

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