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1881 Wadhurst Census
That part of Wadhurst Parish that includes Railway Station, Riverhall, Frankham and Faircrouch
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

3Station CottageGeorge Towler, M, Head, married, age 35, born Norfolk; occupation Railway SignalMan
    Philiste Towler, F, Wife, married, age 39, born Devon
    George Towler, M, Son, age 11, born Norfolk; occupation Scholar
    Philiste Towler, F, Daughter, age 6, born Wadhurst; occupation Scholar

3WatergatesNathaniel Palmer, M, Head, married, age 32, born Wadhurst; occupation Farm Labourer
    Mary Ann Palmer, F, Wife, married, age 24, born Tonbridge
    Joseph Palmer, M, Son, age 2, born Speldhurst
    Annie Farley, F, Visitor, single, age 20, born Ticehurst; occupation: servant

3WatergatesAlbert Baker, M, Head, married, age 24, born Frant; occupation: carpenter
    Fanny Baker, F, Wife, married, age 26, born Wadhurst
    Arthur Baker, M, Son, age 3, born Frant
    Clara E. Baker, F, Daughter, age 7 m, born Wadhurst
    Edward Glover, M, Lodger, single, age 27, born Sevenoaks; occupation: carpenter and joiner
    Charles Hazlegrove, M, Lodger, single, age 51, born Cuckfield; occupation: farm labourer
    Arthur J. Standen, M, Lodger, single, age 19, born Tunbridge Wells; occupation Gardener

3Riverhall MillThomas Ashby, M, Head, married, age 36, born Wadhurst, employs 1 man and 1 apprentice; occupation: miller
    Elizabeth Ashby, F, Wife, married, age 35, born Frant
    Edward J. Dacombe, M, Nephew, single, age 16, born Hampshire; occupation: miller's apprentice

3Riverhall FarmLeah Piper, F, Head, widowed, age 66, born Wadhurst
    Georgena R. Piper, F, Daughter, single, age 34, born Mayfield

3Riverhall FarmLuther E. Piper, M, Head, married, age 31, born Wadhurst, employs 8 men and 2 boys; occupation Farmer
    Mary Jane Piper, F, Wife, married, age 33, born Mayfield
    Ada Mary Piper, F, Daughter, age 4, born Wadhurst; occupation scholar
    Anna Piper, F, Daughter, age 2, born Wadhurst; occupation scholar
    Berman T. Piper, M, Son, age 5, born Wadhurst; occupation scholar
    Marian G. Piper, F, Daughter, age 10 m, born Wadhurst
    Emily Newington, F, Servant, single, age 17, born West Chiltington

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