The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Wenbams [als Wenbourne]      Wadhurst  
Wenbans - Of good size; irregularly built; picturesquely retired - modern, chiefly brick and tile work - has good chimneys at one end wooden brackets, and a door left of older house.
extract from Wace's Wadhurst


Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1923The Story of Wadhurst by Alfred A. Wace ⇒ p. 63
1931Wealden Iron by Ernest Straker ⇒ p. 288

Historical records

c 1320HistoryWenbams [als Wenbourne]Wace's Wadhurst
Wenban is named in Edward II's time as belonging to the Earl of Richmond and Duke of Brittany - lords of the Rape of Hastings, in Manor of Bibleham. … It then became the property of the family of Whitfield, who gave it the name of Wenbans, when Robert Whitfield married Kathleen, widow of Wenborne of Wenbans, and settled there.

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

1668 to 1783HistoryWenbams [als Wenbourne]Wace's Wadhurst
Wenban became connected with the property of Christopher Manser of High Town, whose daughter married Robert Wenborne. From 1668-1783 the Caustons held it as copyholders under Manser. Then George James, a Weaver of Kidderminster, married Sarah Causton, and later sold it to John Thompsett, yeoman, and it has remained in the hands of that family till its recent sale to Lord G. Cholmondeley

1741HistoryWenbansWace'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 1825Wadhurst, Sussex - c 1825Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1825 by Christopher and John GreenwoodWenbourne

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farm labourerJesse Kitchenham, farm labourerNo 2, Wenbons Cottage1851 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusWifeElizabeth Kitchenham
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughterCaroline Kitchenham

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation Farm labourerHorace StephensNo 2, Wenbons Cottage1851 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusWifeEllen Stephens
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughterMary Ann Stephens

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation Farm labourerJohn WeeksNo 1, Wenbons Cottage1851 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusWifeAnn Weeks [Walker]
30th Mar 1851CensusSonJoseph J. Weeks
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughterMary Jane Weeks
30th Mar 1851CensusSonWilliam H. Weeks
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughterEllen Weeks
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughterSusanna Weeks

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; employs 6 people; occupation FARMERJames TompsettWenbons Farm1851 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusWifeSarah Tompsett
30th Mar 1851CensusSonJames Tompsett
30th Mar 1851CensusSonDenis Tompsett
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughterCharity Tompsett
30th Mar 1851CensusSonJohn Tompsett
30th Mar 1851CensusSonOwen Tompsett
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation Farm labourerJames Weeks

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

3rd Apr 1881CensusJames Tompsett, M, Head, single, age 48, born Wadhurst, employs 9 men and 2 boys; occupation FarmerJames TompsettWenbons Farm1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusDennis Tompsett, M, Brother, single, age 45, born WadhurstDenis Tompsett

3rd Apr 1881CensusOwen Tompsett, M, Head, married, age 38, born WadhurstOwen TompsettWenbons Farm1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary Tompsett, F, Wife, married, age 30, born BuxtedMary Tompsett
3rd Apr 1881CensusPercy Tompsett, M, Son, age 2, born WadhurstPercy Tompsett
3rd Apr 1881CensusSerah Tompsett, F, Mother, widowed, age 81, born Wadhurst; occupation AnnuitantSerah Tompsett
3rd Apr 1881CensusClara Bridger, F, Servant, single, age 14, born Wadhurst; occupation: servantClara Bridger

3rd Apr 1881CensusAlfred Bridger, M, Head, married, age 66, born Benenden; occupation: farm labourerAlfred Bridger, farm labourerNo 1, Wenbons Cottage1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusCharlotte Bridger, F, Wife, married, age 48, born WesterhamCharlotte Bridger
3rd Apr 1881CensusAlfred Bridger, M, Son, single, age 17, born Wadhurst; occupation: farm labourerAlfred Bridger
3rd Apr 1881CensusAlice Bridger, F, Daughter, age 11, born Wadhurst; occupation: scholarAlice Bridger
3rd Apr 1881CensusNaomi Bridger, F, Daughter, age 6, born Wadhurst; occupation: scholarNaomi Bridger

3rd Apr 1881CensusCharles H. Holden, M, Head, married, age 22, born Westerham; occupation: gardenerCharles H. Holden, gardenerNo 2, Wenbons Cottage1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary Ann Holden, F, Wife, married, age 19, born MayfieldMary Ann Holden
3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam C. Holden, M, Son, age 4 m, born WadhurstWilliam C. Holden

3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Cottingham, M, Head, married, age 44, born Pembury, occupation: farm labourerGeorge Cottingham, farm labourerNo 3, Wenbons Cottage1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary Cottingham, F, Wife, married, age 43, born BexhillMary Cottingham
3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Cottingham, M, Son, single, age 21, born Frant, occupation: farm labourerGeorge Cottingham
3rd Apr 1881CensusEllen Cottingham, F, Daughter, single, age 14, born WadhurstEllen Cottingham
3rd Apr 1881CensusHenry O. Cottingham, M, Son, age 12, born Wadhurst, occupation: farm labourerHenry O. Cottingham
3rd Apr 1881CensusEmily Cottingham, F, Daughter, age 10, born Wadhurst, occupation: scholarEmily Cottingham
3rd Apr 1881CensusElizabeth Cottingham, F, Daughter, age 9, born Wadhurst, occupation: scholarElizabeth Cottingham
3rd Apr 1881CensusRobert J. Cottingham, M, Son, age 7, born Wadhurst, occupation: scholarRobert J. Cottingham
3rd Apr 1881CensusFred. Cottingham, M, Son, age 5, born Wadhurst, occupation: scholarFred. Cottingham
3rd Apr 1881CensusDennis Cottingham, M, Son, age 3, born WadhurstDennis Cottingham
3rd Apr 1881CensusAlice Cottingham, F, Daughter, age 1, born WadhurstAlice Cottingham

3rd Apr 1881CensusJames Hayward, M, Head, married, age 44, born Burwash; occupation: farm labourerJames HaywardNo 4, Wenbons Cottage1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusEllen Hayward, F, Wife, married, age 39, born WiltshireEllen Hayward
3rd Apr 1881CensusJames Hayward, M, Son, single, age 15, born Wadhurst; occupation: farm labourerJames Hayward
3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Hayward, M, Son, single, age 13, born Wadhurst; occupation: farm labourerJohn Hayward
3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam Hayward, M, Son, age 10, born Wadhurst; occupation: scholarWilliam Hayward
3rd Apr 1881CensusCharles Hayward, M, Son, age 7, born Wadhurst; occupation: scholarCharles Hayward
3rd Apr 1881CensusSerah A. Hayward, F, Daughter, age 6, born Wadhurst; occupation: scholarSerah A. Hayward
3rd Apr 1881CensusRose H. Hayward, F, Daughter, age 4, born Wadhurst; occupation: scholarRose H. Hayward
3rd Apr 1881CensusPercy Hayward, M, Son, age 2, born WadhurstPercy Hayward
3rd Apr 1881CensusAlbert Hayward, M, Son, age 8 m, born WadhurstAlbert Hayward

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