The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
1881 Goudhurst Census
Reference RG 11/939: Goudhurst Enumeration District No 4; District: Cranbrook Union; Enumerator: F.J. Thurgood
Goudhurst part of: Mother Church St Mary Ecclesiastical Parish
All that part of the parish of Goudhurst embraced between the North side of the Road from Goudhurst to Lamberhurst and the Road leading from Goudhurst to Marden as far a Summerhill Hill farm (little) including Little Beckingfold, Swan Farm, The Gore, Lidwells, The Grange, Trowswell and Ratcliffe Cottages.
Please note:
  • These census records have been transcribed from images of the original census sheets. Whilst all care has been taken, the result is an interpretation of the original which is available at Local Record Offices, from The National Archives, and from
  • Occupation has been unified (e.g. Ag Lab, Farm Lab, and many other such recordings are all displayed as Farm labourer).
  • The Sheet Number is as shown on the original document and is linked to a page showing all the entries on that Sheet (as well as entries from the following or previous sheet where the entry for the location covers more than one sheet).
  • In those instances where the Census entry is incorrect or missing and it has been possible from other sources to derive a correction, then these changes are shown inside square brackets, e.g. [Wife]

Census sheets
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Sheet    Place    Census entry

9Summerhill FarmRobert Dadswell, M, Head, married, age 56, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: farmer of 20 acres
    Mary Ann Dadswell, F, Wife, married, age 57, born Rotherfield, Sussex; handicap: Lunatic
    Alfred Dadswell, M, Son, single, age 32, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: farmer's son
    Henry Watson, M, Boarder, single, age 28, born Goudhurst, Kent; handicap: Blind
    Mary Tree, F, Servant, widowed, age 70, born Goudhurst, Kent; occupation: cook and domestic servant

9Little BockingfoldSamuel Vidler, M, Head, married, age 39, born Ticehurst, Sussex; occupation: Farm labourer
    Sarah Vidler, F, Wife, married, age 36, born Horsmonden, Kent
    Thomas Vidler, M, Son, single, age 14, born Wrotham, Kent; occupation: Farm labourer
    Agnes Vidler, F, Daughter, age 11, born Ightam, Kent; occupation: Scholar
    Adelaide Vidler, F, Daughter, age 8, born Maidstone, Kent; occupation: Scholar
    Ernest E. Vidler, M, Son, age 5, born Cranbrook, Kent
    Kate O. Vidler, F, Daughter, age 8 m, born Goudhurst, Kent

9Swan FarmThomas Manwaring, M, Head, single, age 37, born Yalding, Kent; occupation: farmer of 130 acres employing 3 men and 2 boys
    Charity Vinson, F, Servant, single, age 28, born Lamberhurst, Sussex; occupation: housekeeper
    William Osborne, M, Servant, single, age 14, born Goudhurst, Kent; occupation: farm labourer

9Swan LaneCharles Golding, M, Head, married, age 55, born Goudhurst, Kent; occupation: farm labourer
    Sarah Golding, F, Wife, married, age 53, born Salehurst, Sussex
    George Golding, M, Son, single, age 16, born Etchingham, Sussex; occupation: farm labourer
    Charles Golding, M, Son, single, age 13, born Horsmonden, Kent; occupation: farm labourer
    Eliza Golding, F, Daughter, age 11, born Horsmonden, Kent; occupation: scholar
    Harry Golding, M, Son, age 7, born Horsmonden, Kent; occupation: scholar
    Harriett Golding, F, Daughter, age 5, born Horsmonden, Kent; occupation: scholar

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