The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Kidbrooke    Forest Row  East Grinstead  

Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1766The History of Tunbridge Wells by Thomas Benge Burr ⇒ p. 267
1810Tunbridge Wells and its Neighbourhood by Paul Amsinck and Letitia Byrnep. 80
1830Guide of Tunbridge Wells ⇒ p. 165
1835The History, Antiquities and Topography of the County of Sussex by Thomas Walker Horsfield, F.S.A.p. 390
1868Notes on East Grinstead by J. C. Stenning ⇒ p. 142
1906The History of East Grinstead by Wallace Henry Hillsp. 200
1997The Ashdown Forest Dispute 1876-1882 by Professor Brian Short ⇒ Notebook extract; Notebook extract

Historical records

1733 to 1744HistoryWilliam Nevill, 14th Lord AbergavennyKidbrookeThe History of East Grinstead
The mansion of Kidbrooke, at Forest Row, was built for William, the 42nd Lord Abergavenny and 14th Baron of the present creation, the money for the purpose being provided by a special Act of Parliament passed in 1733, authorising the sale of the Abergavenny entailed estates at Kidderminster, known as the Manors of Kidderminster Borough and Kidderminster Forren, and the re-investment of the proceeds in this parish. In 1744 another Act of Parliament was obtained for settling the mansion of Kidbrooke and the lands belonging to it to the uses of the family estates. ..... It was in 1735 that the [Neville] family removed from Birling, in Kent to Kidbrooke, in East Grinstead

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

1805SoldSir Henry Nevill, 2nd Earl of AbergavennyKidbrookewww.thepeerage.com

1805 to 1874HistoryKidbrookeThe 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.

1809KidbrookeKidbrooke, Forest Row by Paul Amsinck & engraved by Letitia ByrneLetitia ByrneAmsinck's Tunbridge Wells

6th Jun 1841CensusHenry Padgham, M, Head, age 61, born Sussex; occupation FarmerHenry PadgamKidbrook Gate House1841 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Charlotte Padgham, F, [Wife], age 62, born SussexCharlotte Padgam
William Padgham, M, [Son], age 23, born SussexWilliam Padgam
John Padgham, M, [Son], age 16, born SussexJohn Padgham
Ann Weeks, F, age 70 to 74, born Sussex; occupation IndependentAnn Weeks

6th Jun 1841CensusJames Wood, M, Head, age 55 to 59, born Sussex; occupation GamekeeperJames WoodKeepers House, Kidbrook Lane1841 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Jane Wood, F, [Daughter], age 25 to 29, born SussexJane Wood
Louisa Awcock, F, age 35 to 39, born Sussex; occupation servantLouisa Awcock

6th Jun 1841CensusThomas Coomber, M, Head, age 75 to 79, born Sussex, occupation: farm labourerThomas Coomber, farm labourerKeepers House, Kidbrook Lane1841 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Mary Coomber, F, [Wife], age 74, born SussexMary Coomber
William Scott, M, age 13, born SussexWilliam Scott

6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Southan, M, Head, age 60 to 64, born Sussex; occupation GardenerWilliam SouthamKidbrook Lane, Forest Row1841 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Mary Southan, F, [Wife], age 60 to 64, born Sussex; occupation School MistressMary Southam [Hall]

6th Jun 1841CensusMary Middleton, F, Head, age 33, born Sussex; occupation: servantMary Middleton, servantKidbrook House1841 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Sarah Weller, F, age 29, born Sussex; occupation: servantSarah Weller
Sarah May, F, age 26, born Sussex; occupation: servantSarah May
Elizabeth May, F, age 21, born Sussex; occupation: servantElizabeth May
William Wickins, M, age 24, born Sussex; occupation GardenerWilliam Wicken, gardener

6th Jun 1841CensusAlexander Mcpherson, M, Head, age 45 to 49, born Scotland; occupation: gardenerAlexander McPherson, gardenerKidbrook Garden House1841 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
John Mcpherson, M, [Son], age 9, born SussexJohn McPherson
Eliza Mcpherson, F, [Daughter], age 6, born SussexEliza McPherson
Elizabeth Dumsday, F, age 40 to 44, born Sussex; occupation: servantElizabeth Dumsday

30th Mar 1851CensusServant, occupation: gardener and bailiffWalter CambellKidbrook1851 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Servant, occupation: laundrymaidSarah Boulter
Servant; occupation LAUNDRY MAIDMary Young
Servant; occupation: housemaidElizabeth Dexter
Servant; occupation: dairy maidMary Elsey
Servant; occupation: gardenerGeorge Payne

1867Directory entryNesbett Alexander esq., Kidbrooke parkKidbrooke parkPost Office Directory

1867Directory entryPlayford George Frederick, esq., Kidbrooke cottageKidbrooke cottagePost Office Directory

1874Directory entryFielder George, Kidbrooke parkKidbrooke parkPost Office Directory

3rd Apr 1881CensusJoseph Weeding, M, Head, widowed, age 58, born Hartfield; occupation Farm labourerJoseph WeedingKidbrook Lodge1881 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Caroline Weeding, F, Daughter, single, age 23, born Hartfield; occupation HousekeeperCaroline Weeding
Joseph Weeding, M, Son, single, age 17, born Hartfield; occupation Farm labourerJoseph Weeding
Henry Weeding, M, Son, single, age 14, born Maresfield; occupation Farm labourerHenry Weeding
John Weeding, M, Son, age 12, born Cowden, Kent; occupation ScholarJohn Weeding

3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Scott, M, Head, married, age 60, born Croydon, Surrey; occupation PensionerGeorge ScottKidbrook House1881 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Eliza Scott, F, Wife, married, age 62, born Croydon, SurreyEliza Scott
Mary Readhead, F, Servant, single, age 46, born Yorkshire; occupation HousemaidMary Readhead
Emily Canning, F, Servant, single, age 22, born Hampshire, occupation: housemaidEmily Canning
George Edwd. Tyler, M, Servant, single, age 69, born London; occupation: groomGeorge Edward Tyler

3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Tester, M, Head, married, age 42[?], born East Grinstead; occupation: gardenerJohn Tester, gardenerKidbrook Gardener Cottage1881 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Laura Tester, F, Wife, married, age 46, born Brixton, SurreyLaura Tester [Tuckey]
George Tester, M, Son, single, age 22, born East Grinstead; occupation: carpenterGeorge Tester, carpenter and joiner

3rd Apr 1881CensusJames Brooker, M, Head, married, age 56, born Worth; occupation: farm bailiffJames Brooker, farm bailiffKidbrook Bailiff Cottage1881 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Mary Brooker, F, Wife, married, age 50, born WorthMary Brooker [Dench]
James Robt. Brooker, M, Son, age 12, born Surrey; occupation: scholarJames Robert Brooker
Ann Dench, F, Mother, widowed, age 73, born WorthAnn Dench

1882Directory entryFreshfield Hen.Ray J.P., Kidbrooke parkKidbrooke parkKelly's Directory

1882Directory entryGreen Miss, Kidbrooke cottageKidbrooke cottageKelly's Directory

5th Apr 1891CensusMargaret E Moore, F, Head, single, age 38, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: living on own meansMargaret E Moore, living on own meansKidbrook Cottage1891 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Mina Clarke, F, Servant, single, age 37, born Warnham, Sussex; occupation: general domestic servantMina Clarke
Edith Walker, F, Servant, single, age 18, born London, Middlesex; occupation: general domestic servantEdith Walker

5th Apr 1891CensusGeorge Scott, M, Head, married, age 70, born Croydon, Surrey; occupation: caretakerGeorge Scott, caretakerKidbrook Lodge1891 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Eliza Scott, F, Wife, married, age 72, born Croydon, SurreyEliza Scott

5th Apr 1891CensusJoseph Weeding, M, Head, widowed, age 67, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerJoseph Weeding, farm labourerKidbrook Lodge1891 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Caroline Weeding, F, Daughter, single, age 32, born Hartfield, SussexCaroline Weeding
Joseph Weeding, M, Son, single, age 28, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerJoseph Weeding

5th Apr 1891CensusHenry R Freshfield, M, Head, married, age 77, born Lothbury, London; occupation: living on own meansHenry R Freshfield, living on own meansKidbrook1891 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Jane G Freshfield, F, Wife, married, age 76, born Patcham, SussexJane G Freshfield
Marianne Hekewich, F, Niece, married, age 60, born Lothbury, LondonMarianne Hekewich
Hilda Hekewich, F, Great Niece, single, age 3, born Marylebone, LondonHilda Hekewich
Mabel F Hekewich, F, Great Niece, single, age 20, born Marylebone, LondonMabel F Hekewich
Anne Whiteman, F, Servant, single, age 40, born Lamberhurst, Sussex; occupation: ladysmaid and domestic servantAnne Whiteman
Mary Hall, F, Servant, widowed, age 50, born Hanmer, Shropshire; occupation: housekeeper and domestic servantMary Hall
Elizabeth Nelson, F, Servant, single, age 40, born Isle Of Man; occupation: ladysmaid and domestic servantElizabeth Nelson
Mary J English, F, Servant, single, age 43, born Peterborough; occupation: housemaid and domestic servantMary J English
Laura Morley, F, Servant, single, age 23, born Badwell Ash, Suffolk; occupation: housemaid and domestic servantLaura Morley
Alice Bell, F, Servant, single, age 18, born Rusthall, Kent; occupation: housemaid and domestic servantAlice Bell
Ellen Woodman, F, Servant, single, age 25, born Grittleton, Wiltshire; occupation: kitchenmaid and domestic servantEllen Woodman
Martha Fogden, F, Servant, single, age 23, born Billingshurst, Sussex; occupation: scullerymaid and domestic servantMartha Fogden
William Bradley, M, Servant, married, age 53, born Castle Cary, Somerset; occupation: butler and domestic servantWilliam Bradley
Herbert Smith, M, Servant, single, age 25, born Pitmarsh, Essex; occupation: footman and domestic servantHerbert Smith
Frank Speak, M, Servant, single, age 18, born Leeds, Yorkshire; occupation: houseboy and domestic servantFrank Speak

5th Apr 1891CensusJoseph Hardman, M, Head, married, age 54, born Netherton, Lancashire; occupation: coachman and domestic servantJoseph Hardman, coachman and domestic servantKidbrook Stables1891 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Elizabeth Hardman, F, Wife, married, age 53, born Hollingbourne, KentElizabeth Hardman
George Chalkley, M, Servant, single, age 23, born Tunbridge Wells, Kent; occupation: groom and domestic servantGeorge Chalkley
Charles Searle, M, Servant, single, age 18, born Uckfield, Sussex; occupation: groom and domestic servantCharles Searle

5th Apr 1891CensusJohn Tester, M, Head, married, age 72, born East Grinstead, Sussex; occupation: gardenerJohn Tester, gardenerGardener's Cottage, Kidbrook1891 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Laura Tester, F, Wife, married, age 57, born LondonLaura Tester [Tuckey]

5th Apr 1891CensusJames Brooker, M, Head, married, age 65, born Worth, Sussex; occupation: farm bailiffJames Brooker, farm bailiffBailiff's Cottage, Kidbrook1891 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Mary Brooker, F, Wife, married, age 60, born Worth, Sussex; occupation: dairy womanMary Brooker [Dench]
James R Brooker, M, Son, single, age 22, born Capel, Surrey; occupation: carpenterJames Robert Brooker

5th Apr 1891CensusJonathan Richardson, M, Head, married, age 35, born Forest Row, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerJonathan Richardson, farm labourerKidbrook Hill Cottage1891 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Charlotte Richardson, F, Wife, married, age 36, born Forest Row, SussexCharlotte Richardson [Miles]
Esther M E Richardson, F, Daughter, age 7, born Forest Row, Sussex; occupation: scholarEsther M E Richardson
Fanny Richardson, F, Daughter, age 5, born Forest Row, SussexFanny Richardson
James Richardson, M, Son, age 3, born Forest Row, SussexJames Richardson
Elizabeth Richardson, F, Daughter, age 2 months, born Forest Row, SussexElizabeth Richardson
Alice Miles, F, Stepdaughter, age 12, born Forest Row, SussexAlice Miles

c 1899Highgate and Kidbrooke, Sussex - c 1899Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1899 by Ordnance SurveyKidbrooke

1910Kidbrooke ParkKidbrooke Park, Forest RowPrivate collection

1911Kidbrooke LodgeKidbrooke Lodge, Forest Row photographed by Sayers Bros., Enterprise SeriesPrivate collection

1912Kidbrooke ParkKidbrooke Park, Forest RowPrivate collection

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