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1861HistoryWilsley Green

John Callcott Horsley was born on 29th January 1817 the third child and eldest son of William Horsley and his wife Elizabeth Hutchins (nee Callcott) Horlsey. The Horsleys were established members of the music and arts London society and related to the painter Sir Augustus Wall Callcott. In 1823 the Horsleys moved to No 1, High Row, Kensington in London where John Callcott Horsley was to live for the rest of his life. In 1831 John entered the Royal Academy Schools where he met the painter Thomas Webster with whom he was to form a close working relationship that lasted throughout his life. On 25th August 1846 John married Elvira Catherine Jenny Walter but her death in 1852 followed by the death of their two sons, Edward and William, in 1854 from scarlet fever and the death of their last child, Frank, in 1857 marked a period of great sadness in John's life. On 13th June 1854 John married Rosamund Haden and together they had seven children three of whom were born at Cranbrook. In 1861 the Horsleys bought a second home at Wilsley in Cranbrook, as John was drawn to the artist's colony that had been established there by his lifelong friend Thomas Webster.

Frederick Daniel Hardy, George Hardy, Thomas Webster, George Bernard O'Neill, John Callcott Horsley and Augustus Edwin Mulready were an informal group of six professional painters known as the Cranbrook Colony that thrived in Cranbrook in the latter half of the nineteenth century. They were a close association of colleagues and friends, and, in the case of the Hardy brothers and G.B. O'Neill, distant relatives. All six were "Genre" painters depicting scenes from daily life, either real or imaginary and, through their work, we have an accurate depiction of the people and homes in the Cranbrook area during the Victorian age. Often the Colony used their children, families and friends as models with the Hardys and Webster focused on rustic interiors and O'Neill and Horsley on picturesque historic architecture. The six painters, who occupied The Old Studio in the High Street, were prolific in their work and exhibited extensively at the Royal Academy and the British Institution.

John Callcott Horsley was elected an associate of the Royal Academy in 1855 and a Royal Academician in 1864. He also served as treasurer at the Royal Academy from 1882 to 1897.

At the age of 86 on 19th October 1903 John Callcott Horsley died at High Row, Kensington and he was buried three days later at Kensal Green cemetery in London


3rd Apr 1881CensusIsaac Rumens, M, Head, married, age 68, born Biddenden, Kent; occupation: farmer of 9 ½ acres employing 2 menIsaac Rumens, farmerWillesley Green1881 Census
Cranbrook, Kent
Elizabeth Rumens, F, Wife, married, age 58, born Benenden, KentElizabeth Rumens

3rd Apr 1881CensusJames Price, M, Head, widowed, age 75, born Goudhurst, KentJames PriceWillesley Green1881 Census
Cranbrook, Kent
Albert Price, M, Grandson, age 16, born Cranbrook, KentAlbert Price
Rosa Price, F, Granddaughter, age 14, born Cranbrook, KentRosa Price
Isabel Price, F, Granddaughter, age 11, born Cranbrook, KentIsabel Price
Relf Price, M, Grandson, age 10, born Cranbrook, KentRelf Price
Charles Price, M, Grandson, age 9, born Cranbrook, KentCharles Price

3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam F. Willard, M, Head, married, age 79, born Biddenden, Kent; occupation: grocerWilliam F. Willard, grocerWillesley Green1881 Census
Cranbrook, Kent
Sophia Willard, F, Wife, married, age 71, born Cranbrook, KentSophia Willard
Cornelius Tye, M, Nephew, single, age 39, born Cranbrook, Kent; occupation: grocer's assistantCornelius Tye

3rd Apr 1881CensusRichard Mercer, M, Head, married, age 65, born Brenchley, Kent; occupation: Farm labourerRichard Mercer, farm labourerWillesley Green1881 Census
Cranbrook, Kent
Caroline Mercer, F, Wife, married, age 64, born Ticehurst, SussexCaroline Mercer [Baulcom]

3rd Apr 1881CensusHenry Tamsett, M, Head, married, age 65, born Wadhurst, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerHenry Tamsett, farm labourerWillesley Green1881 Census
Cranbrook, Kent
Frances Tamsett, F, Wife, married, age 55, born Frittenden, KentFrances Tamsett
Fanny Breeds, F, Granddaughter, age 12, born Cranbrook, Kent; occupation: scholarFanny Breeds
James Goldsmith, M, Nephew, age 5, born Staplehurst, Kent; occupation: scholarJames Goldsmith

3rd Apr 1881CensusJob M. Mercer, M, Head, married, age 28, born Cranbrook, Kent; occupation: Mason labourerJob Mepham Mercer, mason labourerWillesley Green1881 Census
Cranbrook, Kent
Kate Mercer, F, Wife, married, age 25, born Cranbrook, KentKate Mercer [Taylor]
Edith R. Mercer, F, Daughter, age 8, born Cranbrook, Kent; occupation: ScholarEdith R. Mercer

3rd Apr 1881CensusEdward Seymour, M, Head, married, age 47, born Cranbrook, Kent; occupation: Farm labourerEdward James SeymourWillesley Green1881 Census
Cranbrook, Kent
Sarah Seymour, F, Wife, married, age 47, born Cranbrook, KentSarah Seymour [Woolgar]

3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Maybourne, M, Head, married, age 44, born Tenterden, Kent; occupation: farm labourerGeorge Maybourne, farm labourerWillesley Green1881 Census
Cranbrook, Kent
Elizabeth Maybourne, F, Wife, married, age 47, born Benenden, KentElizabeth Maybourne
Henry Maybourne, M, Son, single, age 20, born Tenterden, Kent; occupation: farm labourerHenry Maybourne
John Maybourne, M, Son, age 16, born Rolvenden, Kent; occupation: gardenerJohn Maybourne
George Maybourne, M, Son, age 13, born Biddenden, KentGeorge Maybourne
Lydia Maybourne, F, Daughter, age 9, born Biddenden, Kent; occupation: scholarLydia Maybourne
Frederick Maybourne, M, Son, age 6, born Biddenden, Kent; occupation: scholarFrederick Maybourne
Richard Kedwell, M, Boarder, single, age 19, born Biddenden, Kent; occupation: farm labourerRichard Kedwell

3rd Apr 1881CensusCharles Willett, M, Head, married, age 30, born Hastings, Sussex; occupation: blacksmithCharles Willett, blacksmithWillesley Green1881 Census
Cranbrook, Kent
Mary Ann Willett, F, Wife, married, age 30, born Hastings, SussexMary Ann Willett
Miriam F. Willett, F, Daughter, age 3, born Guestling, SussexMiriam F. Willett
Alice M. Willett, F, Daughter, age 1, born Guestling, SussexAlice M. Willett
Ruth A. Willett, F, Daughter, age 1 m, born Cranbrook, KentRuth A. Willett

3rd Apr 1881CensusFrederick Finnemore, M, Head, married, age 57, born Birmingham, Warwick; occupation: ironmonger and farmer of 36 acres employing 5 menFrederick Finnemore, ironmonger and farmerWillesley Green1881 Census
Cranbrook, Kent
Elizabeth Finnemore, F, Wife, married, age 54, born Birmingham, WarwickElizabeth Finnemore
Charles Finnemore, M, Son, single, age 26, born Cranbrook, Kent; occupation: ironmongerCharles Finnemore
Kate Finnemore, F, Daughter, single, age 24, born Cranbrook, KentKate Finnemore
Emily Burgess, F, Servant, single, age 25, born Goudhurst, Kent; occupation: general domestic servantEmily Burgess

3rd Apr 1881CensusCharles (Sen) Elliott, M, Head, married, age 62, born Cranbrook, Kent; occupation: blacksmith employing 3 menCharles (Sen) Elliott, blacksmithWillesley Green1881 Census
Cranbrook, Kent
Fanny Elliott, F, Wife, married, age 70, born Cuckfield, SussexFanny Elliott

3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam Merrell, M, Head, married, age 54, born Cranbrook, Kent; occupation: farm labourerWilliam Merrell, farm labourerWillesley Green1881 Census
Cranbrook, Kent
Jane Merrell, F, Wife, married, age 51, born Cranbrook, KentJane Merrell
Arthur G. Merrell, M, Son, age 17, born Cranbrook, Kent; occupation: carpenter's apprenticeArthur G. Merrell
Robert W. Merrell, M, Son, age 14, born Cranbrook, KentRobert W. Merrell

3rd Apr 1881CensusStephen Drowley, M, Head, married, age 62, born Cranbrook, Kent; occupation: farm labourerStephen Drowley, farm labourerWillesley Green1881 Census
Cranbrook, Kent
Mary Drowley, F, Wife, married, age 61, born Cranbrook, KentMary Drowley

3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Crump, M, Head, widowed, age 77, born Hotfield, Kent; occupation: retired bricklayerJohn Crump, retired bricklayerWillesley Green1881 Census
Cranbrook, Kent
Frederick Crump, M, Son, single, age 31, born Cranbrook, KentFrederick Crump

3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Crump, M, Head, married, age 48, born Cranbrook, Kent; occupation: bricklayerGeorge Crump, bricklayerWillesley Green1881 Census
Cranbrook, Kent
Elizabeth Crump, F, Wife, married, age 51, born Frittenden, KentElizabeth Crump
George Crump, M, Son, single, age 22, born Cranbrook, Kent; occupation: stone masonGeorge Crump
Harriett Crump, F, Daughter, single, age 17, born Cranbrook, KentHarriett Crump
Walter Crump, M, Son, age 9, born Cranbrook, Kent; occupation: scholarWalter Crump

3rd Apr 1881CensusSamuel Wickens, M, Head, married, age 71, born Tenterden, Kent; occupation: formerly masonSamuel Wickens, masonWillesley Green1881 Census
Cranbrook, Kent
Harriett Wickens, F, Wife, married, age 62, born Frittenden, KentHarriett Wickens [Lowder]
Alfred Russell, M, Boarder, single, age 30, born Staplehurst, Kent; occupation: farm labourerAlfred Russell

3rd Apr 1881CensusJesse Curtis, M, Head, married, age 41, born Biddenden, Kent; occupation: farm labourerJesse Curtis, farm labourerWillesley Green1881 Census
Cranbrook, Kent
Ellen Curtis, F, Wife, married, age 43, born Benenden, KentEllen Curtis
Alice Curtis, F, Daughter, age 16, born Biddenden, KentAlice Curtis
Edwin Curtis, M, Son, age 14, born Biddenden, Kent; occupation: blacksmith's apprenticeEdwin Curtis
Susanna Curtis, F, Daughter, age 12, born Biddenden, Kent; occupation: scholarSusanna Curtis
Jesse Curtis, M, Son, age 6, born Cranbrook, Kent; occupation: scholarJesse Curtis
Stephen Waterman, M, Boarder, single, age 22, born Cranbrook, Kent; occupation: farm labourerStephen Waterman

1900Willesley GreenWillesley Green, CranbrookCottages and Farmhouses

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