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Scragoak      Wadhurst  

Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1923The Story of Wadhurst by Alfred A. Wace ⇒ p. 62; p. 97
1931Wealden Iron by Ernest Straker ⇒ p. 289

Historical records

1678HistoryScragoakWace's Wadhurst
Scragoak - The House bears on it the date of 1678, but some of it is older. The Furnace on the property was originally in the hands of the Maunsers of High Town - Barhams worked it later - the property was left by John Barham of Snape to a boy who married, after some years of guardianship, a Saunders of Great Pell. They had issue four sons, each of whom held the property in succession but died childless. It then passed to a kinsman at Butts, and he and his brother died the same day of small pox.

c 1724Tyshurst, Sussex - c 1724Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1724 by Richard BudgenScrag Oak

1741HistoryScragoakWace's Wadhurst
After another short minority, Scragoak, then only 30 acres, but still including a Forge, passed in 1741 to James Thompsett, yeoman, and Wenbans was added to it. In the next generation the two farms were separated, and the elder of two brothers took Scragoak. It remained in Thompsett hands till it was divided by sale between the High Town and Castle property.

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

c 1825Wadhurst, Sussex - c 1825Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1825 by Christopher and John GreenwoodScrag Oak

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; employs 6 people; occupation FARMERJohn TompsettScrag Oak Farm1851 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
WifeElizabeth Tompsett
DaughterSarah Ann Tompsett
Son; occupation FARMERJohn Tompsett
DaughterJane Tompsett
DaughterCaroline Tompsett
DaughterFrances Tompsett
Servant, occupation: house servantMary Jane Baldock
ServantHerbert Blackman
Servant; occupation WAGGONERJohn William Humphrey, farm bailiff
Servant; occupation: waggonerThomas Wallis, farm waggoner

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

3rd Apr 1881CensusDavid Pollington, M, Head, married, age 41, born Rotherfield; occupation: farm labourerDavid Pollington, farm labourerScrag Oak Farm Cottage1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
Elizabeth Pollington, F, Wife, married, age 34, born MayfieldElizabeth Pollington [Dadswell]
David Pollington, M, Son, age 8, born Wadhurst; occupation: scholarDavid Pollington
Mary M. Pollington, F, Daughter, age 5, born Rotherfield; occupation: scholarMary Matilda Pollington
Obediah Pollington, M, Son, age 1, born WadhurstObediah Pollington

3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Tompsett, M, Head, married, age 31, born Wadhurst; occupation LabourerJohn TompsettScrag Oak Farm House1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
Phoebe Tompsett, F, Wife, married, age 28, born WadhurstPhoebe Tompsett

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