The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Eridge Castle [a.k.a. Eridge House, Eridge Place]  Eridge Park  Eridge Green  Eridge  

Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1766The History of Tunbridge Wells by Thomas Benge Burr ⇒ p. 6
1810Tunbridge Wells and its Neighbourhood by Paul Amsinck and Letitia Byrnep. 21
1830Guide of Tunbridge Wells ⇒ p. 70
1832Descriptive Sketches of Tunbridge Wells and the Calverley Estate by John Britton, F.S.A. ⇒ p. 109
1835The History, Antiquities and Topography of the County of Sussex by Thomas Walker Horsfield, F.S.A.p. 402
1840New Guide for Tunbridge Wells by John Colbran and edited by James Phippen ⇒ p. 151
1870A Compendious History of Sussex - Volume I. by Mark Antony Lower, M.A.p. 191
1883Pelton's Illustrated Guide to Tunbridge Wells by J. Radford Thomson, M.A. ⇒ p. 139
1885Cobbett's Rural Rides by William Cobbett ⇒ p. 285
1885Southborough - Its Chalybeate Springs, Climate and Attractions as a Health Resort by E. Paget Thurstan, M.D., B.A., M.R.C.S., L.S.A. ⇒ p. 58
1909English Homes and Villages (Kent & Sussex)
also published as
Tunbridge Wells and its Neighbourhood by Lady Hope ⇒ p. 4; p. 64
1927The Sussex Highlands ⇒ p. 38

Historical records

1296HistoryEridge Castle [a.k.a. Eridge House, Eridge Place]Eeles' Frant
. a list of lands left in 1296 by the 7th Earl of Hertford, which contains the earliest reference to Eridge that can be discovered.
Eregge. A grange pertaining to the Manor aforesaid [Rotherfield] with 100 acres of land worth yearly 25s, 100 acres of heather and fern there worth of the year 9s 2d; also fixed rents worth 8s 9d and a water mill

1344Historymessuage called EruggeEeles' Frant
This was the hunting park, for which the Hundred of Rotherfield had been famous for generations and which in 1344, was described as follows:
A chace containing 600 acres of which the pasture is worth by the year 25s … a wood containing above 200 acres … within the said chace is a messuage called Erugge

1450HistoryEridge Castle [a.k.a. Eridge House, Eridge Place]Eeles' Frant
The next landmark in the history of Eridge was its inheritance in 1450 by the [Nevill] family who have continued to own it in the male line from that date until the present …

c 1525HistoryEridge Castle [a.k.a. Eridge House, Eridge Place]Eeles' Frant
With a lack of any definitive evidence as to when the house [at Eridge] was actually built, it seems not unlikely that it may have been about 1525

1573HistoryEridge Castle [a.k.a. Eridge House, Eridge Place]Eeles' Frant
In 1573 Lord Burgavenny had the honour of entertaining Queen Elizabeth at Eridge Place, and her six day stay there must have caused a great stir in the neighbourhood.

Jul 1573HistoryEridge Castle [a.k.a. Eridge House, Eridge Place]The Parish of Benenden, Kent
From a study of her Progress it appears the Queen started from her Palace July 14, 1573, to Archbishop Parker at Croydon, where she remained seven days, after which she went a Progress into Kent, and was again entertained by the same prelate at Canterbury. From Croydon July 21, the Queen proceeded to Orpington, the House of Sir Perceval Hart, Knt., where she remained three days, when she went to Knolle, then her own, thence to Birlingham, or Berling, the seat of the Lords Bergavenny where she remained three days, afterwards to Sir Thomas Gresham, of Mayfield, and then to Eridge, another house of Lord Burgavenny, where she stayed six. days. Then onwards to Bedgbury, Mr. Culpepper's, for one day. Thence to Hempsted, Mr. Guilford's, for three days, thence to Rye, where the Queen remained three days, and conferred the honor of Knighthood on Thomas Guilford, Thomas Walsingham, and Alexander Culpepper, Esquires. She proceeded onward to Sissinghurst, Mr. Baker's, whom she Knighted and stayed there, three days. After this to Boughton Malherb, the seat of the Wottons, where she was two days, thence to Mr. Tufton's at Hothfield, where she was two days, and some of her courtiers were entertained at Surrenden, the mansion of the Derings. From Hothfield to Westenhanger, the Keeper whereof was Lord Buckhurst, and remained there four days. After leaving Westenhanger on August 25 she proceeded to Dover.

1590HistoryManor of EridgePullein's Rotherfield
Manor of Eridge with the capital mansion and park there
  • The farm of divers demesne lands there called Inhams containing by estimation 60 acres, being formerly in the hands and occupation of the lord, now let to Henry Nevill, esq for £11 0s 0d yearly
  • The farm of certain meadow there, part of the land Inhams of 6 acres let to Edward Nevill, esq., eldest son of the lord for £1 8s 0d yearly
  • The farm of divers demesne land there called Hamsell Woods, Lambe pasture and Horse pastures of 110 acres to Thomas Weston for £13 0s 0d yearly
  • The farm of a certain water mill situate within the park of Eridge so let to the said Thomas Weston for £13 0s 0d yearly
  • The farm of certain other lands, woods, meadows and pastures called Laggerslande and Highdeane of 50 acres let to Robert Woody for £10 0s 0d yearly
  • The farm of certain other lands there called Steelebridge meade and Slaughterhouse field of 16 acres let to Oliver Booby for £4 0s 0d yearly
  • The farm of a cottage and two crofts of land of 2 1/2 acres adjacent to Christopher Mudge for £4 0s 0d yearly
  • Farm of certain land called Pickstorckes and Hayfield of 10 acres to Nicholas Turner for £2 0s 0d
  • Farm of 3 1/2 acres of meadow lying near le horse meadow near le fordge to Oliver Booby for £2 0s 0d
  • Price of 1000 loads of marl dug in the wastes of this manor and sold to George Hosmer for 13s 4d

c 1604HistoryEridge Castle [a.k.a. Eridge House, Eridge Place]Eeles' Frant
Shortly after Edward Nevill succeeded to the family estates, Eridge was formed into a separate Manor . since the Lord of the Manor had taken up residence there

1606HistoryEridge-HouseBurr's Tunbridge Wells

Dudley Lord North was a distinguished nobleman in King James's court … this young nobleman had reached his twenty-fourth year, when he fell into a lingering, consumptive disorder that baffled the utmost efforts of medicine … and his physicians advised him to retire into the country, and try the efficacy of that last remedy, change of air, for the re-establishment of his constitution.

His lordship, in the spring of 1606 made Eridge-House the place of retreat … when, finding his disorder rather increased than diminished … his lordship therefore, rejecting all sollicitation to remain any longer, abruptly quitted this retired mansion, and began his journey to London.

His road lay directly through the wood in which these useful springs were concealed from the knowledge of mankind; … he could not pass by without taking notice of a water, which seemed to claim his attention, on account of the shining mineral scum that everywhere swam on its surface, as well as on account of the ochreous substance which subsided at the bottom, and marked its course to a neighbouring brook. His lordship accordingly observed these uncommon appearances, the meaning of which he could not instantly comprehend; however, they induced him to alight from his carriage, in order to examine it more attentively; and at the same time he ordered one of his attendants to borrow a little vessel from the neighbouring hovel, that he might taste it: and the peculiar ferruginous taste of the water not only convinced Lord North, that it held its course through some undiscovered mine, contained in the dark cavities of the earth, but also gave him room to fancy, that it was indued with some medicinal properties, which might be beneficial to the human race.

Some of the water was carried to London, the physicians were consulted upon its virtues, and … the result of their inquiries proved so favourable to this hereto neglected spring, that they hasted back again to publish its valuable qualities, and to give their noble patient sufficient encouragement to try its efficacy, on the return of the vernal season

[in 1607] Lord North returned to Eridge to add the power of the water to the purity of the air, and … the success he met with more than answered his most sanguine expectations, … he returned to town so perfectly freed from all his complaints


1724HistoryEridge Castle [a.k.a. Eridge House, Eridge Place]Eeles' Frant
William succeeded as 16th Baron in 1724 relinquished Eridge as the family seat having acquired Kidbrooke Park at Forest Row, and gradually the former house fell into a state of decay

1766HistoryEridge Castle [a.k.a. Eridge House, Eridge Place]Burr's Tunbridge Wells

Eridge was then [1606] a hunting seat belonging to Lord Abergavenny, and has ever since continued in the possession of his noble descendants, though it is now reduced to a plain farmhouse. The building is an ancient Gothic structure, that appears, notwithstanding its present ruinous condition, to have been an agreeable retirement from the attendance at court. The situation is in the highest degree romantic, the gardens were elegantly disposed in the taste of that age, the soil is dry, the air pure and healthful, and no country can afford finer riding; so that, on the whole, one can hardly conceive an idea of a place more properly adapted to restore health to a consumptive habit: but then, to couterbalance these advantages, it was situated in one of the most savage parts of the county of Sussex, and, by its distance from all neighbourhood, secluded its inhabitants from all intercourse with the rest of mankind.


1785Eridge HouseEridge House, Eridge by Samuel Grimm and James Lambert (The Burrell Collection)The Burrell Collection
Samuel Hieronymous Grimm (1733-1794), artist, was born in Switzerland, studied in Berne and Paris before moving to Covent Garden, London in 1768. Besides his work as a commercial engraver and watercolour painter he is best known for some 2,500 commissioned watercolurs of antiquities, historic buildings and landscapes in the British Library (MSS 15537-48). Throughout the 1780s he toured Sussex, sketching churches, monuments, castles, abbeys and houses of the gentry
James Lambert, senior, (1725-1788) and his nephew James Lambert, junior, (1744-1799) were both landscape painters living in Lewes, Sussex. Between them they produced over 600 items, ranging from pencil sketches to large oils.
William Burrell (1732-96), antiquary, was born in Leadenhall Street, London, educated at Westminster School and Cambridge University. He became Chancellor of Worcester and Rochester Dioceses, M.P. for Haslemere and a Commissioner of Excise. From 1780 he employed Samuel Grimm and the Lamberts to make drawings of all the notable antiquities and important houses in Sussex, which he bequeathed to the British Museum in his will.
for more information refer to Sussex Views by Walter H. Godfrey and L.F. Salzman and Sussex Depicted by John Farrant, both published by the Sussex Record Society.

c 1790AddressRepaired the old family residence at EridgeSir Henry Nevill, 2nd Earl of AbergavennyEridge Castlewww.thepeerage.com

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

c 1800HistoryEridge Castle [a.k.a. Eridge House, Eridge Place]Eeles' Frant
Henry, the 2nd Earl, who set on foot plans to erect a new house round the remains of the old. The architect was James Wyatt one of the principal creators of the revival of interest in the Gothic form of architecture. In the house he built for Lord Abergavenny he included all the features associated with that style; the towers, the battlements and the pinnacles outside and an infinity of detail in the interior decorations with more than a flavour of ecclesiastical influence.

1805HistorySir Henry Nevill, 2nd Earl of AbergavennyEridge, the castleThe History of East Grinstead
In 1805 they [the Neville family] transferred their residence back to Eridge, the castle there, which was one of their ancestral homes many centuries before, having been re-built. The then Lord Abergavenny sold Kidbrooke to the Right Hon. Charles Abbot, who was Speaker of the House of Commons for over 15 years, and was made Lord Colchester at his retirement on June 3rd, 1817. He died on May 8th, 1829. Kidbrooke was greatly altered by him under the superintendence of Mr. Robert Mylne, the architect of Blackfriars Bridge. On November 3rd, 1874, the mansion and park of 207 acres were sold by his grandson to the late Mr. H. R. Freshfield, J.P., D.L., Sheriff of Sussex in 1885.

1809Eridge CastleEridge Castle, Eridge by Paul Amsinck & engraved by Letitia ByrneLetitia ByrneAmsinck's Tunbridge Wells

1809Eridge CastleEridge Castle, Eridge by Paul Amsinck & engraved by Letitia ByrneLetitia ByrneAmsinck's Tunbridge Wells

31st Aug 1823Diary entrymansionCobbett's Rural Rides
Here I am after a most delightful ride of twenty-four miles through Frant, Lamberhurst, Goudhurst, Milkhouse-Street, Benenden, and Rolvenden. By making a great stir in rousing waiters and "boots" and maids, and by leaving behind me the name of "a - noisy, troublesome fellow," I got clear of "the Wells," and out of the contagion of its Wen-engendered inhabitants, time enough to meet the first rays of the sun, on the hill that you come up in order to get to Frant, which is a most beautiful little village at about two miles from "the Wells." Here the land belongs, I suppose, to Lord Abergavenny, who has a mansion and park here. A very pretty place, and kept, seemingly, in very nice order. I saw here what I never saw before : the bloom of the common heath we wholly overlook ; but, it is a very pretty thing; and here, when the plantations were made, and as they grew up, heath was left to grow on the sides of the roads in the plantations. The heath is not so much of a dwarf as we suppose. This is four feet high; and, being in full bloom, it makes the prettiest border that can be imagined. This place of Lord Abergavenny is, altogether, a very pretty place; and, so far from grudging him the possession of it, I should feel pleasure at seeing it in his possession, and should pray God to preserve it to him, and from the unholy and ruthless touch of the Jews and jobbers; but, I cannot forget this Lord's sinecure!

c 1825Eridge, Sussex - c 1825Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1825 by Christopher and John GreenwoodEridge Castle

c 1830Eridge CastleEridge Castle, Eridge by T. Henwood and engraved by W. WestallHorsfield's Sussex

6th Sep 1831BirthLady Isabel Mary Frances NevillEridge Castlewww.thepeerage.com

1837[North] Sussex[North] Sussex by Thomas MouleEridge CastleThomas Moule
Thomas Moule was a bookseller. He published a number of important works on heraldry and antiquities, including Bibliotheca heraldica Brittaniae in 1822. The English Counties delineated; or, a topographical description of England has a complete series of county maps and was published by Thomas Moule in 1837

1840[North] Sussex[North] Sussex by Joshua Archer, Pentonville, LondonEridge CastleDugdale
Dugdale's England and Wales Delineated

1840Eridge CastleEridge CastleColbran's Tunbridge Wells

6th Jun 1841CensusEarl Of Abergavenny, M, Head, age 86, born SussexSir Henry Nevill, 2nd Earl of AbergavennyEridge Castle1841 Census
Frant, Sussex
Caroline Hon. Nevill, F, age 75 to 79Caroline Nevill [Walpole]
Samuel Milward, M, age 70 to 74; occupation: servantSamuel Milward
Louis Berger, M, age 40 to 44, occupation: servantLouis Berger
Gabriol Berger, M, age 55 to 59, occupation: servantGabriol Berger
John Cugny, M, age 34, occupation: servantJohn Cugny
Robert Waghorn, M, age 25 to 29, born Sussex; occupation ServantRobert Waghorn
Samuel Piper, M, age 18, born Sussex; occupation ServantSamuel Piper
Henry Filtness, M, age 20 to 24, born Sussex; occupation: servantHenry Filtness
William Arnold, M, age 30 to 34; occupation: servantWilliam Arnold
John Siggs, M, age 30 to 34; occupation ServantJohn Siggs
Peter Clouks, M, age 20 to 24, occupation: servantPeter Clouks
Mary Ann Gifford, F, age 50 to 54; occupation: servantMary Ann Gifford
Mary Card, F, age 35 to 39, born Sussex; occupation: servantMary Card
Emma Acock, F, age 25 to 29; occupation servantEmma Acock
Harriot Franklin, F, age 20 to 24; occupation: servantHarriot Franklin
Sophia Siggs, F, age 25 to 29, born Sussex; occupation ServantSophia Siggs
Martha Wallis, F, age 40 to 44; occupation: servantMartha Wallis
Elizabeth Divall, F, age 20 to 24, born Sussex; occupation: servantElizabeth Divall

6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Scoles, M, Head, age 42; occupation ServantWilliam ScolesEridge Castle Stables1841 Census
Frant, Sussex
William Davey, M, age 32, born Sussex; occupation: servantWilliam Davey
James Page, M, age 34; occupation: servantJames Page
Thomas Eldridge, M, age 18, born Sussex; occupation: servantThomas Eldridge
Edward Beney, M, age 17, occupation: servantEdward Beney

27th Mar 1843DeathSir Henry Nevill, 2nd Earl of AbergavennyEridge Castlewww.thepeerage.com

12th Apr 1845DeathReverend John Nevill, 3rd Earl of AbergavennyEridge Castlewww.thepeerage.com

20th Sep 1849Eridge CastleEridge Castle, Eridge by Rock & Co., LondonEridge Castle [a.k.a. Eridge House, Eridge Place]Private collection

1851Directory entryAbergavenny Earl, Eridge CastleEridge CastlePost Office Directory

30th Mar 1851CensusServant, occupation: in care of the CastleLouis BergerEridge Castle1851 Census
Frant, Sussex
Servant's wifeElizabeth Berger
Servant's daughterClara Berger
Servant; occupation: house servantJane Jessup

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: in charge of the stablesRobert Jessop, in charge of the stablesStable Yard, Eridge Castle1851 Census
Frant, Sussex

7th Apr 1861CensusEdmund Pilcher, M, Servant, widowed, age 61, born Littlebourne, Kent; occupation: groom of the chambers and in charge of the CastleEdmund PilcherEridge Castle1861 Census
Frant and Tunbridge Wells, Sussex
Jane Jessup, F, Servant, single, age 46, born Frant, Sussex; occupation: house servantJane Jessup
Alice Atkins, F, Servant, single, age 23, born Ryarsh, Kent; occupation: house servantAlice Atkins
Robert Jessup, M, Servant, single, age 61, born Frant, Sussex; occupation: groom helper in the stables and Castle and in charge of the CastleRobert Jessup

7th Apr 1861CensusJohn Chapman, M, Servant, single, age 25, born Birling, Kent; occupation: under gardenerJohn ChapmanEridge Garden House1861 Census
Frant and Tunbridge Wells, Sussex
George Musk, M, Servant, single, age 23, born Putney, Surrey; occupation: under gardenerGeorge Musk

1867Directory entryAbergavenny Earl of, Eridge castleEridge castlePost Office Directory
Eridge Castle, an ancient seat of the Nevills, is in the form of a quadrangle, surrounded by an extensive park, and is one of the seats of the Earl of Abergavenny, who is the present head and representative of that family: Queen Elizabeth was entertained here for six days.

2nd Apr 1871CensusWilliam Nevill, M, Head, married, age 44, born Longford, Shropshire; occupation: Earl of Abergavenny and landownerWilliam Nevill, Earl of AbergavennyEridge Castle1871 Census
Frant and Tunbridge Wells, Sussex
Caroline Nevill, F, Wife, married, age 44, born London, Middlesex; occupation: Countess of AbergavennyCaroline Nevill
Cecily L Nevill, F, Daughter, single, age 19, born Wood Hall, YorkshireCecily L. Nevill
Reginald W B Nevill, M, Son, single, age 18, born Bramham, Yorkshire; occupation: Viscount NevilleReginald W B Nevill
Henry G R Nevill, M, Son, age 16, born Bramham, YorkshireHenry G. R. Nevill
George Nevill, M, Son, age 14, born Bramham, YorkshireGeorge Nevill
Alice M Nevill, F, Daughter, age 12, born Scarborough, YorkshireAlice M. Nevill
William Nevill, M, Son, age 10, born Bramham, YorkshireWilliam Nevill
Richard Nevill, M, Son, age 9, born Bramham, YorkshireRichard Nevill
Idina M Nevill, F, Daughter, age 5, born Bramham, YorkshireIdina M. Nevill
Rose Nevill, F, Daughter, age 4, born Bramham, YorkshireRose Nevill
Violet Nevill, F, Daughter, age 4, born Bramham, YorkshireViolet Nevill
Charles Johnstone, M, Visitor, widowed, age 70, born Hackness, Yorkshire; occupation: Vicar of Felixkirk, YorkshireCharles Johnstone
Caroline Johnstone, F, Visitor, single, age 21, born Sutton, YorkshireCaroline Johnstone
Charles P D Lane Fox, M, Visitor, widowed, age 40, born Darrington, Yorkshire; occupation: Baron's son late captain Grenadier GuardsCharles P D Lane Fox
Albert Froom, M, Visitor, single, age 31, born Reigate, Surrey; occupation: lieutenant, Inniskilling DragoonsAlbert Froom
Francis Curtis, M, Visitor, single, age 34, born Teignmouth, Devon; occupation: captain, 6th Dragoon GuardsFrancis Curtis
Wollastow Ashley, M, Servant, single, age 24, born Welwyn, Hertfordshire; occupation: groom of chambers and domestic servantWollastow Ashley
Edward Ponsford, M, Servant, single, age 28, born London, Middlesex; occupation: under butler and domestic servantEdward Ponsford
Charles Varlies, M, Servant, single, age 20, born Bramham, Yorkshire; occupation: footman and domestic servantCharles Varlies
John Thompson, M, Servant, single, age 18, born Bramham, Yorkshire; occupation: footboy and domestic servantJohn Thompson
Richard Jones, M, Servant, single, age 30, born Mereworth, Kent; occupation: usher of halls and domestic servantRichard Jones
Elizabett Scott, F, Servant, single, age 47, born London, Middlesex; occupation: housekeeper and domestic servantElizabett Scott
Sarah Kane, F, Servant, single, age 50, born Yorkshire; occupation: nurse and domestic servantSarah Kane
Anne Judson, F, Servant, single, age 22, born Herringham, Yorkshire; occupation: nurse and domestic servantAnne Judson
Sarah Horseford, F, Servant, single, age 34, born Isle of Wight; occupation: housemaid and domestic servantSarah Horseford
Emily Bartlett, F, Servant, single, age 23, born Isle of Wight; occupation: housemaid and domestic servantEmily Bartlett
Elisabeth Liddell, F, Servant, single, age 26, born Durham; occupation: housemaid and domestic servantElisabeth Liddell
Mary Carter, F, Servant, single, age 22, born Durham; occupation: housemaid and domestic servantMary Carter
Elisabeth Troote, F, Servant, single, age 26, born Devon; occupation: housemaid and domestic servantElisabeth Troote
Emma Goodall, F, Servant, single, age 19, born Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire; occupation: schoolroom maid and domestic servantEmma Goodall
Harriette Watling, F, Servant, single, age 27, born Carlton, Norfolk; occupation: lady's maid and domestic servantHarriette Watling
Agnes Coamb, F, Servant, single, age 30, born Wotton, Gloucestershire; occupation: lady's maid and domestic servantAgnes Coamb
Mary Coulthard, F, Servant, single, age 46, born Whitehaven, Cumberland; occupation: cook and domestic servantMary Coulthard
Agnes Dick, F, Servant, single, age 35, born Wadhurst, Sussex; occupation: kitchenmaid and domestic servantAgnes Dick
Annie Haughton, F, Servant, single, age 21, born Roehampton, Surrey; occupation: kitchenmaid and domestic servantAnnie Haughton
Ehen Carey, F, Servant, single, age 22, born Clifton, Gloucestershire; occupation: earleymaid and domestic servantEhen Carey
Hannah Barnes, F, Servant, single, age 38, born Cold Kirby, Yorkshire; occupation: lady's maid and domestic servantHannah Barnes
Thomas Wiseman, M, Servant, single, age 28, born Heighington, Durham; occupation: butler and domestic servantThomas Wiseman

2nd Apr 1871CensusGeorge Warren, M, Servant, single, age 25, born Devonport, Devon; occupation: under gardener and domestic servantGeorge WarrenThe Gardener's House, Eridge Castle1871 Census
Frant and Tunbridge Wells, Sussex
John Turner, M, Servant, single, age 19, born Filliegh, Devon; occupation: under gardener and domestic servantJohn Turner
James Hawkins, M, Servant, single, age 19, born Leamington, Warwickshire; occupation: under gardener and domestic servantJames Hawkins

2nd Apr 1871CensusThomas Tate, M, Servant, single, age 24, born Deighton, Yorkshire; occupation: coachman's assistant and domestic servantThomas TateThe Stables With Rooms Over, Eridge Castle1871 Census
Frant and Tunbridge Wells, Sussex
James Ferris, M, Servant, single, age 19, born Acton Turville, Gloucestershire; occupation: helper in stables and domestic servantJames Ferris
William Killick, M, Servant, single, age 25, born Chiddingstone, Kent; occupation: helper in stables and domestic servantWilliam Killick
William Baily, M, Servant, single, age 18, born Bushey, Hertfordshire; occupation: helper in stables and domestic servantWilliam Baily
William Woodhams, M, Servant, single, age 31, born Frant, Sussex; occupation: helper in stables and domestic servantWilliam Woodhams
William Ellis, M, Servant, single, age 22, born Rutland; occupation: helper in stables and domestic servantWilliam Ellis

1874Directory entryAbergavenny Earl of, Eridge castleEridge castlePost Office Directory
Eridge Castle, an ancient seat of the Nevills, is surrounded by an extensive park, and is one of the seats of the Earl of Abergavenny, who is the present head and representative of that family: Queen Elizabeth was entertained here for six days. On the confines of the park are traces of an old English camp called Saxonbury Hill. The Earl of Abergavenny is lord of the manor and principal landowner

c 1875Eridge Green, Eridge Park, Eridge Castle, & The Forstal, Eridge - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyEridge Castle

1880Eridge CastleEridge Castle, EridgeEridge Castle [a.k.a. Eridge House, Eridge Place]Pelton's Tunbridge Wells

3rd Apr 1881CensusLord George M. Nevill, M, Head, single, age 25, born YorkshireLord George Montacute NevillEridge Castle1881 Census
Frant, Sussex
Lady Idina Mary Nevill, F, Daughter, age 15, born YorkshireLady Idina Mary Nevill
Lady Rose Nevill, F, Daughter, age 14, born YorkshireLady Rose Nevill
Lady Violet Nevill, F, Daughter, age 14, born YorkshireLady Violet Nevill
Sarah Mayfield, F, Governess, single, age 28, born Ireland; occupation: governessSarah Mayfield
Benjamin Smith, M, Servant, married, age 37, born Hampshire; occupation: butlerBenjamin Smith
Charles Whiteman, M, Servant, single, age 30, born Warwickshire; occupation GroomCharles Whiteman
Joseph H. Forty, M, Servant, single, age 26, born Gloucestershire; occupation: valetJoseph H. Forty
Henry Pearsons, M, Servant, single, age 50, born Suffolk; occupation Under butlerHenry Pearsons
Thomas Cottington, M, Servant, single, age 18, born Rotherfield, occupation: footmanThomas Cottington
Alexander Hickmott, M, Servant, single, age 22, born Frant; occupation: servantAlexander Hickmott
Reginald G. Thomas, M, Servant, single, age 16, born Middlesex; occupation House boyReginald G. Thomas
Susan Vivish, F, Servant, single, age 43, born Kent; occupation HousekeeperSusan Vivish
Mary Ann Stanage, F, Servant, single, age 33, born Ireland; occupation CookMary Ann Stanage
Jane Stubbings, F, Servant, single, age 26, born Suffolk; occupation Ladies maidJane Stubbings
Bertha L. Robins, F, Servant, single, age 35, born Somerset; occupation HousemaidBertha L. Robins
Sarah Matthews, F, Servant, single, age 24, born Hampshire; occupation: housemaidSarah Matthews
Dora M. Cuthbert, F, Servant, single, age 20, born Yorkshire; occupation: housemaidDora M. Cuthbert
Ellen M. Empson, F, Servant, single, age 24, born Tunbridge Wells; occupation: maidEllen M. Empson
Mary Weston, F, Servant, single, age 24, born Buckinghamshire; occupation: kitchenmaidMary Weston
Sarah Wright, F, Servant, single, age 22, born Yorkshire; occupation KitchenmaidSarah Wright
Margaret Crerar, F, Servant, single, age 19, born Scotland, occupation: kitchenmaidMargaret Crerar
Helen Sales, F, Servant, single, age 17, born Frant; occupation: maidHelen Sales

3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam Feniman, M, Head, single, age 18, born Middlesex; occupation: groom and gardenerWilliam Feniman, groom and gardenerEridge Castle Stables1881 Census
Frant, Sussex
John Rodlam, M, Servant, single, age 28, born Wiltshire; occupation Groom and gardenerJohn Rodlam
Frederick Baines, M, Servant, single, age 23, born Middlesex, occupation: groom and gardenerFrederick Baines
Edward Howard, M, Servant, single, age 17, born Tunbridge Wells; occupation: groom and gardenerEdward Howard
George Reeves, M, Servant, single, age 16, born Sevenoaks; occupation Groom and gardenerGeorge Reeves
George Stephenson, M, Servant, single, age 24, born Durham; occupation CoachmanGeorge Stephenson

3rd Apr 1881CensusErnest P. Edwards, M, Head, single, age 24, born Devon; occupation: servantErnest P. Edwards, servantEridge Castle Gardens1881 Census
Frant, Sussex
Charles J. Dicker, M, Servant, single, age 19, born Newick; occupation: gardener journeymanCharles J. Dicker
Frederick W. Randall, M, Servant, single, age 22, born Surrey; occupation Gardener JourneymanFrederick W. Randall
Arthur Down, M, Servant, single, age 20, born Frant; occupation: gardener journeymanArthur Down

1882Directory entryAbergavenny Marquess of, Eridge CastleEridge CastleKelly's Directory
& of 34 Dover street, London w, & Carlton Club, London s.w
Eridge Castle, an ancient seat of the Nevills, is surrounded by an extensive and well, wooded park, and is one of the seats of the Marquess of Abergavenny, who is the present head and representative of that family: on the confines of the park are traces of an old English camp called Saxonbury Hill; Eridge Rocks, situated here, are of immense size, and very picturesque: the grounds are open to the public on Thursdays from May to September inclusive

1889Eridge CastleEridge Castle by Charles Reynolds & Co.Private collection

23rd Sep 1892DeathCaroline Nevill [Johnstone], Marchioness of AbergavennyEridge Castlewww.thepeerage.com

1896Eridge CastleEridge CastlePrivate collection

1900Eridge CastleEridge CastlePrivate collection

c 1900Eridge CastleEridge Castle, Eridge painted by Charles Essenhigh CorkeCharles Essenhigh Corke, artist and photographerEnglish Homes and Villages

c 1900Eridge CastleEridge Castle photographed by Valentine's seriesPrivate collection

c 1900Eridge CastleEridge Castle photographed by Photochrom Co., LtdPrivate collection

c 1900Eridge CastleEridge Castle photographed by J. Frisby, UckfieldPrivate collection

c 1900Eridge CastleEridge CastlePrivate collection

1905Eridge CastleEridge CastlePrivate collection

1907Eridge CastleEridge Castle, EridgePrivate collection

12th Dec 1915DeathSir William Nevill, 1st Marquess of AbergavennyEridge Castlewww.thepeerage.com

1930Eridge Park & CastleEridge Park & CastlePrivate collection

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