The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Smiths Farm [a.k.a. Denbys Farm and Wick House]      Wadhurst  

Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1923The Story of Wadhurst by Alfred A. Wace ⇒ p. 77

Historical records

1759 to 1817HistoryWick HouseWace's Wadhurst
Wick House - 9 acres - was once called Denby's farm, and later Smiths. Under one or other of these names it was the property of Samuel Playsted in 1759 and Henry Playsted in 1817

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

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation LabourerJames TompsettWick Farm House1851 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
WifeOlive Tompsett
Daughter; occupation SCHOLARMary Olive Tompsett
Son; occupation SCHOLARAlfred Tompsett
Son; occupation SCHOLAREli Tompsett
SonFrank Tompsett
DaughterRuth Tompsett
SonBenjamin Tompsett

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; employs 2 people; occupation FARMERGeorge Luck PlaystedWick Cottage1851 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
WifeEmily Playsted
DaughterEmily Rose Playsted
DaughterHarriett Eliza Playsted
Servant; occupation: servantMary Huntington

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

3rd Apr 1881CensusBernard Mcmahon, M, Head, widowed, age 35, born Warwickshire; occupation: minister Iron church Buckland HillBernard McMahon, minister Iron church Buckland HillWick House1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
Jesse Martin, M, Servt, married, age 72, born Wadhurst; occupation: labourerJesse Martin
Harriet Martin, F, Servt, married, age 60, born Wadhurst; occupation: housekeeperHarriet Martin

3rd Apr 1881CensusFrederick J. Piper, M, Head, married, age 48, born Burwash; occupation Farm labourerFrederick John Piper, farm labourerWick Farm House1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
Mary Ann Piper, F, Wife, married, age 48, born BurwashMary Ann Piper [Russell]
Jane Piper, F, Daughter, single, age 18, born WadhurstJane Piper
George Piper, M, Son, age 15, born Wadhurst; occupation Farm labourerGeorge Piper
Horace Piper, M, Son, age 11, born Wadhurst; occupation scholarHorace Piper
Emily Piper, F, Daughter, age 8, born Wadhurst; occupation scholarEmily Jane Piper
Agnes Piper, F, Daughter, age 5, born Wadhurst; occupation scholarAgnes Piper

1904HistoryWick HouseWace's Wadhurst
The Playsted family held the property for 150 years, till in 1904 C. J. Playsted sold it to Marquis Camden. The house is now called Orchard Lea.

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