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Wadhurst Castle [a.k.a. Maplehurst]      Wadhurst  

Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1923The Story of Wadhurst by Alfred A. Wace ⇒ p. 56

Historical records

1332HistoryMaplehurstWace's Wadhurst
The Castle is a new name for the very old Maplehurst. In the Wadhurst Subsidy Roll of 1332 (Edward III.) we find " Matilda of Maplehurst" assessed, and it was then just an "old farmhouse after the style of Great Pell."

1685HistoryMaplehurstWace's Wadhurst
The Revocation of the Edict of Nantes (1685) made its mark in Wadhurst by the arrival of at least one French Protestant at Maplehurst. Connected with this, probably, there exists the original list of " moneys collected in the Parish" of Wadhurst for the relief of the Poor Palatines, 1688." The total, £1 11s. 1d., is made up of forty-eight contributions, and attached to the list is this note - "The above mentioned Palatines were terribly ravaged by the French in 1688, some thousands of the mixed peasantry were sent to America by the British Government and by the British people."

1686 to 1689HistoryMaplehurstWace's Wadhurst
Maplehurst was for a very long time held by the Sheldons, " eminent merchants dwelling in or near London." In 1686-9 a Sheldon was rated for it.

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

c 1810HistoryMaplehurstWace's Wadhurst
Early in the last century Thomas Sheldon sold Maplehurst to Jas. Louis West, a Devon man, many years resident in India. … He pulled down old Maplehurst, and built the present house of sandstone, brought from the ruins of Faircrouch; hence its old appearance with battlements round entire edifice; in demesne of about 224 acres, disposed in woods. While still building he died (1819) leaving his Wadhurst and Devon property to two friends - in trust for M. A. Talbot.

c 1826HistoryMaplehurstWace's Wadhurst
In 1826 the completed house and property [Maplehurst] were acquired by Aylmer Haly, of the 4th K.O. Dragoons, in exchange for his estate of Beaudesert and vineyard in the Commune of Onzouer-sur-Tresse, in Canton Briare. Haly at the same time bought from Henry Playsted Luck's land, adjoining Scrag Oak. … Haly turned Maplehurst into Wadhurst Castle "by reason of its situation on the verge of the town."

c 1844HistoryWadhurst Castle [a.k.a. Maplehurst]Wace's Wadhurst
Later he sold the property to Robert Harding, and the latter's mortgagees sold it in 1844 to Edward Watson Smyth - once more a London Merchant - who in 1870 added rooms on the north side, using stone from the quarry below the village.

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: landed proprietorEdward W. Smythe, landed proprietorWadhurst Castle1851 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
WifeMary W. Smythe
Servant; occupation: cookSarah Griffiths
Servant; occupation: housemaidMary Halls
Servant; occupation: housemaidElizabeth Hammond
Sister-in-lawFanny A. Hay
Servant; occupation KitchenmaidSarah Sowen
Servant; occupation ServantJames Swain

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

3rd Apr 1881CensusSamuel Manktelow, M, Head, married, age 49, born Wadhurst; occupation: farm labourerSamuel Manktelow, farm labourerNo 1, Castle Cottages1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
Jane Manktelow, F, Wife, married, age 45, born KentJane Manktelow [Stevens]
Harry Manktelow, M, Son, single, age 19, born Staplehurst; occupation: gardenerHarry Manktelow
Jane Manktelow, F, Daughter, single, age 20, born Cranbrook, unemployed; occupation: domestic servantJane Manktelow
Ernest Manktelow, M, Son, age 16, born Staplehurst; occupation: farm labourerErnest Manktelow
Clara Manktelow, F, Daughter, age 11, born Staplehurst; occupation: scholarClara Manktelow
Susan Manktelow, F, Daughter, age 10, born Staplehurst; occupation: scholarSusan Manktelow
Samuel Manktelow, M, Son, age 8, born Staplehurst; occupation: scholarSamuel Manktelow
Bertha Manktelow, F, Daughter, age 6, born Staplehurst; occupation: scholarBertha Manktelow
Emma Stevens, F, Daughter, age 4, born MardenEmma Manktelow
Esther Stevens, F, Mother In Law, widowed, age 81, born WrothamEsther Stevens

3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Garratt, M, Head, married, age 56, born Framfield; occupation: gardenerGeorge Garratt, gardenerNo 2, Castle Cottages1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
Sophia Garratt, F, Wife, married, age 56, born TicehurstSophia Garratt
George Markwick, M, Visitor, age 12, born CatsfieldGeorge Markwick
Ernest Markwick, M, Nurse Child, age 4, born WadhurstErnest Markwick

3rd Apr 1881CensusJames Saunders, M, Head, married, age 46, born Dorset; occupation: coachmanJames Saunders, coachmanWadhurst Castle Stables1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
Elizabeth Saunders, F, Wife, married, age 44, born MiddlesexElizabeth Saunders

3rd Apr 1881CensusRobert Watson-Smyth, M, Head, married, age 67, born Middlesex; occupation MagistrateRobert Watson-SmythWadhurst Castle1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
Louisa Watson-Smyth, F, Wife, married, age 53, born MiddlesexLouisa Watson-Smyth
Mary Emily Watson-Smyth, F, Daughter, single, age 34, born East GrinsteadMary Emily Watson-Smyth
Marian Watson-Smyth, F, Daughter, single, age 26, born East GrinsteadMarian Watson-Smyth
Agnes Watson-Smyth, F, Daughter, single, age 21, born East GrinsteadAgnes Watson-Smyth
William H. Rogers, M, Servant, married, age 49, born Kent; occupation: butlerWilliam H. Rogers
Harriet Knowles, F, Servant, single, age 24, born Kent; occupation: cookHarriet Knowles
Amalia Funke, F, Servant, single, age 24, born Germany; occupation: lady's maidAmalia Funke
Elizabeth Hubbard, F, Servant, single, age 46, born Wadhurst; occupation: housemaidElizabeth Hubbard
Agnes Crittle, F, Servant, single, age 23, born Frant; occupation: housemaidAgnes Crittle
Elizabeth Simmons, F, Servant, single, age 18, born Berkshire; occupation KitchenMaidElizabeth Simmons

1903Wadhurst Castle and ParkWadhurst Castle and Park photographed by Francis FrithBrian and Cynthia Bell's photographs

1903Wadhurst CastleWadhurst Castle photographed by Francis FrithBrian and Cynthia Bell's photographs

1903Wadhurst Castle LodgeWadhurst Castle Lodge photographed by Francis FrithBrian and Cynthia Bell's photographs

1905Wadhurst CastleWadhurst CastlePrivate collection

1906Wadhurst CastleWadhurst Castle, Wadhurst photographed by Francis FrithPrivate collection

1911The Castle GardensThe Castle Gardens, WadhurstPrivate collection

1915Wadhurst CastleWadhurst Castle, Wadhurst photographed by H.H Camburn, Tunbridge WellsPrivate collection

1919Wadhurst CastleWadhurst CastlePrivate collection

c 1920Wadhurst CastleWadhurst Castle, WadhurstPrivate collection

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