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Great Shoesmiths      Wadhurst  

Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1914The Barhams of Shoesmiths in Wadhurst by R.G. Fitzgerald-Uniacke, B.A., F.R.S.A. ⇒ p. 110
1923The Story of Wadhurst by Alfred A. Wace ⇒ p. 75

Historical records

1523HistoryGreat ShoesmithsWace's Wadhurst
Great Shoesmiths - 245 acres - takes its name from a family assessed in the Subsidy Roll of 1523 and 1575.

1622HistoryGreat ShoesmithsWace's Wadhurst
The house [Great Shoesmiths] seems to have been bought in 1622 from the Fowles of Riverhall by a John Barham, great grandson of the first possessor of Great Butts, who married a Dunmoll. He died in 1639 leaving all his property in Wadhurst and Frant to his second son, John. This John married at Frant, Elizabeth, daughter of his cousin, Nicholas of Great Butts, and died aged 31, leaving one son and one daughter. The son succeeding to this property, on coming of age, owned also Buckhurst and Snape Wood. He married Lucy, daughter of John Chauntler. Their only son died in infancy and their only daughter at the age of 16. In this last sorrow, and under the " growing influence of his wife," he executed deeds conveying to her power to dispose of both his real and personal Estate, to the prejudice of his near relations at Great Butts and Riverhall. Her will [of 1716 and proven 1727] bequeathed Shoesmiths, then in occupation of her second husband Puxty and W. Clarke, to G. Courthope of Whiligh and another : " to hold after decease of my said husband in trust for G. Eagles of Uckfield."

c 1724Wadhurst, Sussex - c 1724Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1724 by Richard BudgenShosmiths

1752HistoryShoesmithsWace's Wadhurst
Eagles lived at Shoesmiths till his death in 1752. By this time, it is said, he had squandered the property and he left it to three neighbours - A. Courhope of Horsmonden being one - as trustees, to sell what remained, and to pay his debts, reckoned at £7,000. And so in 1753 it was sold to Charles Pratt, Esq., who rose from being Attorney General in 1758 to be Lord Chancellor and Earl Camden

1785South Front of Shoesmiths, the property of Charles Lord CamdenSouth Front of Shoesmiths, the property of Charles Lord Camden, watercolour (18.2 x 26.3cm) painted by Samuel Hieronymus GrimmSamuel Hieronymus Grimm, topographical artist© British Library Board - Shelfmark: Additional MS 5671, Item number: f. 21 (no. 34)

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

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

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; employs 6 people; occupation FARMERJohn Gude WenmanGreat Shoesmith1851 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
WifeSarah Wenman [Smith]
DaughterMary Gude Wenman
Son; occupation SCHOLARFrederick George Wenman
Son; occupation SCHOLARRichard Gude Wenman
Servant; occupation: dairy maidAnn Austin
Sister-in-law; occupation: annuitantMary Smith
Servant; occupation HousemaidMary Ann Weeks
Servant; occupation: waggonerJohn Weston

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

3rd Apr 1881CensusIsaac Hoadley, M, Head, married, age 22, born Mayfield, employs 5 men and 3 boys; occupation: farmerIsaac Hoadley, farmerShoosmiths Farm1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
Fanny Hoadley, F, Wife, married, age 26, born TicehurstFanny Hoadley
Fanny Hoadley, F, Daughter, age 3 m, born WadhurstFanny Hoadley
Ellen Pomfret, F, Servt, single, age 16, born Wadhurst; occupation Domestic ServantEllen Pomfret
Albert Doust, M, Servt, single, age 18, born Lamberhurst; occupation: farm servantAlbert Doust

3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas Wallis, M, Head, married, age 32, born Wadhurst; occupation: farm labourerThomas Walliss, farm labourerShoosmiths Cottage1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
Mary Ann Wallis, F, Wife, married, age 32, born WaldronMary Ann Wallis [Weaver]
George Wallis, M, Son, age 9, born Frant; occupation: scholarGeorge Wallis
Mary Ann Wallis, F, Daughter, age 6, born WadhurstMary Ann Wallis
Abraham Wallis, M, Son, age 4, born Wadhurst, handicap: imbecileAbraham Wallis
Thomas Wallis, M, Son, age 3, born WadhurstThomas Wallis
Harry Wallis, M, Son, age 6 m, born WadhurstHenry Wallis

3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Pomfret, M, Head, married, age 62, born Wadhurst; occupation Farm labourerGeorge PomfretShoosmiths Cottage1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
Hannah Pomfret, F, Wife, married, age 57, born WadhurstHannah Pomfret

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