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High Town - Erected in 1795 of brick, very substantial: Entrance, with a Roman Doric frontispiece consisting of two columns with entableature and pediment, is by flight of stone steps. The entrance Hall contains two good old paintings, Constant Crouch 1716, and Constant Wall. . . Situated in meadow land with a view of Fairlight - 60 A. wood: trout stream on S. boundary.
extract from Wace's Wadhurst

Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1923The Story of Wadhurst by Alfred A. Wace ⇒ p. 65

Historical records

1483HistoryHightown [a.k.a. Wadhurst Hall]Wace's Wadhurst
High Town, 265 acrs - This was the seat of the Maunser family. The Heralds' visitation of Sussex in 1634 records that in 1483 (Richard III.) Sir Robert Maunser lived there.

1545HistoryHeightonWace's Wadhurst
Christopher Maunser, who died in 1545, owned besides Heighton, Riseden, Gregories, and Wenbornes

1717HistoryHightownWace's Wadhurst
Constance Crouch, dying in 1717, was succeeded by a grand-daughter, Constance, wife of Weller of Dallington Castle, who bequeathed High Town with 235 A. to her brother-in-law, John Newington

c 1724Mark Cross, Sussex - c 1724Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1724 by Richard BudgenHightown

1777HistoryHightown [a.k.a. Wadhurst Hall]Wace's Wadhurst
In 1777 Benjamin Newington was succeeded by a brother John, then living in and possessed of considerable property in Burwash, and then holding also the High Town estates

1784HistoryHightownWace's Wadhurst
John Newington died in 1784, and left … the Wadhurst property of Hightown, then 300 A., including Church Settle and Snape Wood, to another nephew John, who died unmarried, and was succeeded by Mary, wife of John Baker of Newhaven …

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

1804HistoryHightown [a.k.a. Wadhurst Hall]Wace's Wadhurst
Mrs. Mary Baker died in 1804. Her only son, admitted heir in 1804, died unmarried, and … High Town fell to Elizabeth, the elder daughter, who married first Horatio Newington … and secondly, Henry Playsted. … He alienated it to trustees for sale and it passed so to Harriot, widow of G. Jenkins, once Curate of Wadhurst. It is now called Wadhurst Hall

c 1825Bibleham, Sussex - c 1825Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1825 by Christopher and John GreenwoodHigh Town

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; employs 10 people; occupation FARMERThomas Frederick Piper, farmerHigh Town Farm1851 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
WifeLeah Piper [Latter]
SonWalter Thomas Latter Piper
Daughter; occupation scholarCharlotte Nancy Piper
Daughter; occupation scholarAda Jane Harriet Piper
Daughter; occupation scholarAnna Maria Piper
Daughter; occupation scholarSarah G. Piper
Daughter; occupation scholarGeorgina R. Piper
SonLuther Ebenezer Piper, farmer
Servant, occupation: house servantAmelia Baldock
Servant, occupation: house servantCharity Baldock
Servant; occupation: farm labourerHerbert Pattenden, farm labourer
Servant; occupation Farm labourerAlfred Wickham
Governess; occupation GOVERNESSSarah Wright

c 1875Wadhurst Park, Sussex - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyHightown

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