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Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1870A Compendious History of Sussex - Volume II. by Mark Antony Lower, M.A.p. 46
1923The Story of Wadhurst by Alfred A. Wace ⇒ p. 70

Historical records

1288HistoryFrankhamWace's Wadhurst
No one seeing the very modern houses on the north-west side of this road would think that the triangle formed here by the meeting of the two roads from Wadhurst and Frant was once a park of 230 acres belonging to an Archbishop. There is a record of land to the value of 10s. having been enclosed from the Forest in 1288 for that purpose. It was enlarged by 74 acres in 1364, and grew ultimately to 400 acres. There is no record of any residence there. It seems to have been just an outlying bit of the Mayfield Park.

1546HistoryFrankhamWace's Wadhurst
The fishponds on the park are said to have covered 9 acres. Both parks were surrendered by Archbishop Cranmer to, Henry VIII., and were sold together to the Gresham family in 1546. Frankham passed from them to Sir Henry Neville.

1618HistoryFrankhamWace's Wadhurst
Frankham was certainly in the hands of Fowle of Riverhall in 1618, for in 1637 he charged Frankham with the supply of two cords of wood for the charity he then created: a charge which is still met by that Estate.

1810HistoryFrankhamWace's Wadhurst
In the next century Frankham was in the hands of the eldest son of Samuel Newington of Hightown, and was entailed by him on his only child Elizabeth, who married W. Delves, Rector of Frant. After her death it was in 1810 bought from his two daughters by James Bellamy of Wisbeach, and his nephew John was holding it, part owner with another, early in last century.

c 1850HistoryFrankhamWace's Wadhurst
About 1850 Frankham was bought by Henry Dixon.

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farm labourerJohn Davis, farm labourerFrankham Lodge1851 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
WifeSarah Davis
Daughter; occupation: former servantMargret Davis
DaughterFaith Davis
Son; occupation: farm labourerHorace Davis
DaughterHarriett Davis
SonJames Davis
DaughterCharity Davis
SonJohn Davis
SonThomas Davis

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farm labourerReuben Latter, farm labourerFrankham Lodge1851 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
WifeSarah Latter [Thomas]
Son; occupation: farm labourerAlfred William Latter
DaughterSilvia Latter
DaughterCharity Latter
DaughterSarah Ann Latter
SonCharles Latter, farm labourer
SonWilliam Latter, farm labourer
SonGeorge Latter, farm labourer

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; employs 4 people; occupation: farmerJohn Guess, farmerFrankham Farm1851 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
WifeCaroline Guess
DaughterSarah Guess
Servant, occupation: farm labourerGeorge Batup
Grand-daughter; occupation SCHOLARCharlotte Richardson
Servant; occupation: farm labourerGeorge Streeter

30th Mar 1851CensusHead, occupation: gamekeeperWilliam C. Breech, gamekeeperKeepers House, Frankham1851 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
WifeMary A. Breech
Daughter, occupation: scholarJulia Breech
Daughter, occupation: scholarAnn Breech
Son, occupation: scholarAlfred Breech
Daughter, occupation: scholarMary A. Breech
SonEdwin Breech

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

3rd Apr 1881CensusHenry Dixon, M, Head, widowed, age 56, born Middlesex; occupation: magistrateHenry Dixon, magistrateFrankham, Mark Cross Road1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
Lydia Dixon, F, Daughter, single, age 25, born WadhurstLydia Dixon
Elizabeth Augusta Dixon, F, Daughter, single, age 24, born WadhurstElizabeth Augusta Dixon
Mary E. Dixon, F, Daughter, single, age 23, born WadhurstMary E. Dixon
Henry G. Dixon, M, Son, single, age 21, born Wadhurst; occupation: undergraduate, Christchurch, OxfordHenry G. Dixon
Alex N. Dixon, M, Son, single, age 20, born Wadhurst; occupation: undergraduate, Christchurch, OxfordAlex N. Dixon
Ellen Dixon, F, Daughter, age 18, born WadhurstEllen Dixon
Mary Larks, F, Servant, single, age 24, born Middlesex; occupation: parlour maidMary Larks
Kate Kine, F, Servant, single, age 18, born Mayfield; occupation: housemaidKate Kine

1882Directory entryDixon Henry J.P., FrankhamFrankhamKelly's Directory

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