The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Faircrouch Farm  Faircrouch road    Wadhurst  

Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1923The Story of Wadhurst by Alfred A. Wace ⇒ p. 71

Historical records

1555 to 1578HistoryFaircrouch FarmWace's Wadhurst
The Subsidy Rolls of 1555 and 1578, however, show a Barham assessed for "Fayererouche," probably for the land and iron works.

1611HistoryFaircrouch FarmWace's Wadhurst
The property which gave its name to this part of the parish cannot have been the house now called Faircrouch, the greater part of which dates only from the middle of last Century. This stands certainly on the site of what once was "one of the finest houses in the neighbourhood." But that takes us no further back than 1611 when a London Merchant named Edwardes built it.

1692HistoryFaircrouch FarmWace's Wadhurst
Edwardes's daughter, Susan, married Giles Strangways of Melbury Sampford, in Dorset. Giles Strangways son succeeded to Faircrouch, but had to sell it to Peter Gott, Receiver General for Sussex. Gott lived there till 1692 and then sold it to William Benge.

1700 to 1800HistoryFaircrouch FarmWace's Wadhurst
In the next 100 years Faircrouch passed through the hands of eight persons. The last were two brothers named Beven, who farmed the land for several years, but in 1810 sold it to James Bellamy of a Wisbeach firm of Solicitors, who were somehow concerned in the disposal of several other old Wadhurst properties

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; employs 3 people; occupation: farmerJames Barnes, farmerGreat Faircrouch1851 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
WifeFrances Barnes
Son; occupation: scholarWilliam Barnes
Daughter; occupation: scholarFrances V. Barnes
Son; occupation: scholarJeremiah Barnes
Son; occupation: scholarCharles Barnes
DaughterSusannah Barnes
SonHenry J. Barnes

1860HistoryFaircrouch FarmWace's Wadhurst
W. Acworth, bought Faircrouch house of them, and sold it in 1860 to Walter Prideaux of Goldsmith's Hall, London, who practically rebuilt it.

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

3rd Apr 1881CensusJames Saunders, M, Head, married, age 30, born Rotherfield; occupation: farm bailiffJames Saunders, farm bailiffEntrance Lodge, Faircrouch Road1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
Jane Saunders, F, Wife, married, age 32, born MaidstoneJane Saunders
Alice Saunders, F, Daughter, age 9, born Surrey; occupation: scholarAlice Saunders
Ruth Saunders, F, Daughter, age 6, born Wadhurst; occupation: scholarRuth Saunders
Rose Saunders, F, Daughter, age 4, born TicehurstRose Saunders
John Saunders, M, Son, age 1, born WadhurstJohn Saunders

3rd Apr 1881CensusCaleb Dibley, M, Head, married, age 55, born Wadhurst; occupation: coachmanCaleb Dibley, farm labourerFaircrouch House, Faircrouch Road1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
Harriett Dibley, F, Wife, married, age 55, born WadhurstHarriett Dibley [Weeks]
Harriett Weeks, F, Mother In Law, widowed, age 75, born WadhurstHarriett Weeks

3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas Gilbert, M, Head, married, age 43, born Frant; occupation: gardenerThomas Gilbert, gardenerEntrance Lodge, Faircrouch House, Faircrouch Road1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
Charlotte Gilbert, F, Wife, married, age 44, born BerkshireCharlotte Gilbert
Thomas E. Gilbert, M, Son, single, age 17, born Frant; occupation: railway clerkThomas E. Gilbert
Mary Gilbert, F, Daughter, age 12, born Wadhurst; occupation: scholarMary Gilbert
Jabez H. Gilbert, M, Son, age 10, born Wadhurst; occupation: scholarJabez H. Gilbert
Naomi Gilbert, F, Daughter, age 2, born WadhurstNaomi Gilbert
Ruth Gilbert, F, Daughter, age 2, born WadhurstRuth Gilbert

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