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1902Historical Notes of Withyham, Hartfield and Ashdown Forest by C. N. Suttonp. 165

Historical records

1869 to 1900Occupation OwnerJ.W. TempleLeyswood House

1874Directory entryTemples James W., Leyes woodLeyes woodPost Office Directory

c 1875Birchden, Park Corner & Cobbarn, South of Groombridge - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyLeyswood

3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam Street, M, Head, married, age 58, born Middlesex; occupation CoachmanWilliam StreetLeywoods1881 Census
Withyham, Sussex
Eliza Street, F, Wife, married, age 45, born SurreyEliza Street
Francis C. Bell, F, Servant, single, age 17, born London, occupation: housemaidFrancis C. Bell
William Sheldrake, M, Servant, single, age 18, born Norfolk; occupation FootmanWilliam Sheldrake
Jane White, F, Servant, widowed, age 39, born Norfolk; occupation General ServantJane White
Mary A. Standing, F, Servant, widowed, age 56, born Cumberland; occupation HousekeeperMary A. Standing

3rd Apr 1881CensusAlfred Frenett, M, Head, married, age 28, born Surrey; occupation: coachmanAlfred Frenett, coachmanLeywoods Mansion Stable1881 Census
Withyham, Sussex
Elizah. Frenett, F, Wife, married, age 26, born SurreyElizah. Frenett
Hetty Sarah Frenett, F, Daughter, age 5, born WithyhamHetty Sarah Frenett
Maria Hallett, F, Nurse, married, age 49, born Oxfordshire; occupation: nurseMaria Hallett
Maria Hallett, F, Nurse, married, age 49, born Oxfordshire; occupation: nurseMaria Hallett
Fredk. Ward, M, Servant, single, age 32, born London; occupation Farm servantFrederick Ward

3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas Moorhouse, M, Head, married, age 40, born Yorkshire; occupation: gardenerThomas Moorhouse, gardenerLeywoods Gardeners Cottage1881 Census
Withyham, Sussex
Mary Ann Moorhouse, F, Wife, married, age 39, born ThakehamMary Ann Moorhouse
Thomas Moorhouse, M, Son, age 15, born Cheshire; occupation: gardenerThomas Moorhouse
Augusta Moorhouse, F, Daughter, age 13, born Cheshire; occupation: scholarAugusta Moorhouse
Albert Moorhouse, M, Son, age 11, born Yorkshire; occupation: scholarAlbert Moorhouse
Agness Moorhouse, F, Daughter, age 9, born Yorkshire; occupation: scholarAgness Moorhouse
Ernest Moorhouse, M, Son, age 7, born Yorkshire; occupation: scholarErnest Moorhouse
Mary Moorhouse, F, Daughter, age 1, born WithyhamMary Moorhouse

3rd Apr 1881CensusMaria Grimes, F, Head, married, age 58, born Northamptonshire; occupation: dairy maidMaria GrimesLeyswood Cottage1881 Census
Withyham, Sussex
Hannah Grimes, F, Daughter, single, age 17, born NorthamptonshireHannah Grimes
George Grimes, M, Son, single, age 19, born Northamptonshire; occupation: groomGeorge Grimes
Paul Nightingale, M, Nephew, single, age 15, born Northamptonshire; occupation GroomPaul Nightingale

3rd Apr 1881CensusJames Manning, M, Head, single, age 24, born Northamptonshire; occupation: yardmanJames Manning, yardmanLeyswood Cottage1881 Census
Withyham, Sussex
William Glennie, M, Lodger, single, age 28, born Scotland; occupation: yardmanWilliam Glennie
Herbert Tample, M, Lodger, single, age 29, born Yorkshire; occupation YardmanHerbert Tample

1882Directory entryTemple James William, LeyswoodLeyswoodKelly's Directory

5th Apr 1891CensusFrederick J Aynsley, M, Head, single, age 29, born Tunbridge Wells, Kent; occupation: groom and stablemanFrederick J Aynsley, groom and stablemanLeywood Stables1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
John Henry Fields, M, Boarder, single, age 25, born Kingston On Hull, Yorkshire; occupation: coachmanJohn Henry Fields
Henry Morton Moore, M, Boarder, single, age 38, born Hull Wootton, Warwickshire; occupation: stablemanHenry Morton Moore
G W Hinkley, M, Boarder, single, age 28, born Benenden, Kent; occupation: stablemanG W Hinkley

5th Apr 1891CensusJames R Rogers, M, Head, married, age 34, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: poultrymanJames Reynor Rogers, poultrymanLeyswood Lodge1891 Census
Withyham, Sussex
Margaret Rogers, F, Wife, married, age 31, born Sedburgh, YorkshireMargaret Rogers
Harold Rogers, M, Son, age 3, born Rotherfield, SussexHarold Rogers
Selina Rogers, F, Daughter, age 1, born Rotherfield, SussexSelina Rogers

5th Apr 1891CensusAnn H Temple, F, Head, married, age 54, born NorthamptonshireAnn H TempleLeyswood1891 Census
Withyham, Sussex
William R H Temple, M, Son, married, age 30, born Marylebone, London; occupation: BarristerWilliam R H Temple
Catherine Williams, F, Visitor, single, age 58, born Kensington, LondonCatherine Williams
Francis Moore, M, Visitor, married, age 29, born Hampstead, Middlesex; occupation: stockbrokerFrancis Moore
Evelyn Moore, F, Visitor, married, age 31, born SurreyEvelyn Moore
William Brittain, M, Butler, single, age 55, born Hauxwell, Yorkshire, occupation: butlerWilliam Brittain
Robert Jones, M, Footman, single, age 26, born Cheshire; occupation: footmanRobert Jones
Margaret Reilley, F, Servant, widowed, age 52, born Dalry Ayrshire, Scotland; occupation: HousekeeperMargaret Reilley
Maggie Reilley, F, Servant, single, age 31, born Dalry Ayrshire, Scotland; occupation: CookMaggie Reilley
Sarah Ann Branson, F, Servant, single, age 39, born Charlton, occupation: lady's maidSarah Ann Branson
Margaret Ramage, F, Servant, single, age 38, born Midlothian, Scotland; occupation: Lady's maidMargaret Ramage
Mary Aspey, F, Servant, single, age 38, born CheshireMary Aspey
Elizabeth Davis, F, Servant, single, age 32, born Braintree, Essex; occupation: housemaidElizabeth Davis
Jane Wimbourne, F, Servant, single, age 22, born Limehouse, LondonJane Wimbourne
Mary Sheeres, F, Servant, single, age 21, born Exeter, Devon; occupation: general domestic servantMary Sheeres
Emily Marsh, F, Servant, single, age 19, born Brokhurst, Dorset; occupation: general domestic servantEmily Marsh
Maria Pulfreeman, F, Servant, single, age 19, born Bromley, Kent; occupation: General domestic servantMaria Pulfreeman
Edith Enson, F, Servant, age 12, born Oxford, Oxfordshire; occupation: general domestic servantEdith Enson

5th Apr 1891CensusJohn Benton Reeve, M, Head, married, age 57, born Hilgay, Norfolk; occupation: CoachmanJohn Benton ReeveLeyswood Stables1891 Census
Withyham, Sussex
Lucy Reeve, F, Wife, married, age 36, born Lutton, NorthamptonshireLucy Reeve
Thomas B Reeve, M, Son, age 7, born Piccadilly, LondonThomas B Reeve
Harriet Reeve, F, Daughter, age 5, born Piccadilly, LondonHarriet Reeve
John Reeve, M, Son, age 2, born Piccadilly, LondonJohn Reeve
William Flawn, M, Lodger, age 22, born Crowborough, Sussex; occupation: groomWilliam Flawn
Marshall Piddlesden, M, Lodger, age 22, born Groombridge, Sussex; occupation: GroomMarshall Cecil Theodore Piddlesden

5th Apr 1891CensusThomas C Moorhouse, M, Head, married, age 50, born Braithwell, Yorkshire; occupation: head gardenerThomas C Moorhouse, head gardenerLeyswood1891 Census
Withyham, Sussex
Mary Ann Moorhouse, F, Wife, married, age 49, born Thakeham, SussexMary Ann Moorhouse
May Moorhouse, F, Daughter, age 11, born Withyham, SussexMay Moorhouse

5th Apr 1891CensusChristopher Kench, M, Head, single, age 22, born Oxfordshire; occupation: under gardenerChristopher Kench, under gardenerLeyswood Gardens1891 Census
Withyham, Sussex
Charles Willie, M, Servant, single, age 27, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: Under gardenerCharles Willie
William Allan, M, Servant, single, age 28, born Ireland; occupation: under gardenerWilliam Allan

5th Apr 1891CensusJohn Allamby, M, Head, married, age 36, born Kendal, Westmorland; occupation: farm bailiffJohn Allamby, farm bailiffLeyswood1891 Census
Withyham, Sussex
E Allamby, F, Wife, married, age 32, born Kendal, WestmorlandE Allamby
J B Allamby, M, Son, age 6, born Barrow In FurnessJ B Allamby
Ethel J Allamby, F, Daughter, age 4, born Rotherfield, SussexEthel J Allamby
Thomas B Allamby, M, Son, age 2, born Rotherfield, SussexThomas B Allamby
Anne Fenner, F, Servant, single, age 17, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: general domestic servantAnnie Fenner

c 1899Leyswood, Bullfinches, Motts Farm & Holden, Sussex - c 1899Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1899 by Ordnance SurveyLeyswood

1902HistoryLeyswood HouseSutton's Historical Notes
In 1869, Leyswood House was built for the late Mr J.W. Temple, from plans by Mr Norman Shaw. The land on which it was erected is part of the Manor of Birchden and was at one time called "Legge's Wood", also "Leigh Wood," but it was previously known as "Leyswood".
The house occupies a very fine position, built on large rocks, the excavation of which entailed an enormous amount of labour. The approach to the house is through a most perfectly proportioned courtyard.
The late Mr. J.W. Temple, who kept a large stud of hackneys, built excellent stables and a large riding school some years ago, The gardens and grounds, which extend several acres, are beautiful.

2nd Apr 1911CensusWilliam Beevor, M, Head, widower, age 56, born Potter Heigham, Norfolk; occupation: stud groomWilliam Beevor, stud groomLeyswood Stud, Groombridge1911 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Alice Mary Beevor, F, Daughter, single, age 22, born Rotherfield, SussexAlice Mary Beevor
George Beevor, M, Brother, widowed, age 61, born Potter Heigham, Norfolk; occupation: farm labourerGeorge Beevor
Elizabeth Jane Gillam, F, Sister-in-law, single, age 59, born Westminster, London; occupation: housekeeperElizabeth Jane Gillam

2nd Apr 1911CensusFrederick Thompson, M, Head, married, age 31, born Hawkhurst, Kent; occupation: groomFrederick Thompson, groomLeyswood Stud, Groombridge1911 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Nellie Thompson, F, Wife, married 5 years, age 29, born Tunbridge Wells, KentNellie Thompson
Arthur Thompson, M, Son, age 2, born Frant, SussexArthur Thompson

2nd Apr 1911CensusWilliam Bennett, M, Head, single, age 37, born Chelsea, London; occupation: groomWilliam Bennett, groomLeyswood Stud, Groombridge1911 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Percy Rogers, M, Boarder, single, age 28, born Fighting Cocks, Montgomery, Wales; occupation: groomPercy Rogers
Edward Isard, M, Boarder, single, age 20, born Westerham, Kent; occupation: groomEdward Isard

2nd Apr 1911CensusJames Turner, M, Head, married, age 38, born Withyham, Sussex; occupation: gas stokerJames Turner, gas stokerGass House Cottage, Leyswood, Groombridge1911 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Caroline Turner, F, Wife, married 13 years, age 34, born Rotherfield, SussexCaroline Frances Turner [Fenner]
Alfred Turner, M, Son, age 12, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: schoolAlfred Turner
Frederick Turner, M, Son, age 10, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: schoolFrederick Turner
Albert Turner, M, Son, age 3, born Rotherfield, SussexAlbert Turner
Sydney Turner, M, Son, age 1, born Rotherfield, SussexSydney Turner
George Turner, M, Brother, single, age 35, born Withyham, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerGeorge Turner

2nd Apr 1911CensusHorace Couchman, M, Head, married, age 45, born Harrietsham, Kent; occupation: under gardenerHorace Couchman, under gardenerLeyswood Lodge, Groombridge1911 Census
Withyham and Groombridge, Sussex
Margaret Ellen Couchman, F, Daughter, single, age 16, born Hasting, SussexMargaret Ellen Couchman
Horace Percy Couchman, M, Son, single, age 15, born Hasting, Sussex; occupation: garden boy in nurseryHorace Percy Couchman
William Henry Couchman, M, Son, single, age 9, born Guestling, SussexWilliam Henry Couchman

2nd Apr 1911CensusJohn Brogden, M, Head, single, age 47, born Camden Town, London; occupation: butlerJohn Brogden, butlerLeyswood, Groombridge1911 Census
Withyham and Groombridge, Sussex
Grace Wood, F, Servant, single, age 32, born Mile End, London; occupation: housemaidGrace Wood
Sarah Moore, F, Servant, single, age 22, born Maidenhead, Berkshire; occupation: housemaidSarah Moore
Frances Lacey, F, Servant, single, age 20, born Maidenhead, Berkshire; occupation: kitchenmaidFrances Lacey
Edward Hazell, M, Servant, single, age 27, born Bicester, Oxfordshire; occupation: footmanEdward Hazell
Helen Davidson, F, Servant, single, age 47, born North Queensferry, Scotland; occupation: lady's maidHelen Davidson

2nd Apr 1911CensusJohn Bertram Reeve, M, Head, married, age 56, born Hilgay, Norfolk; occupation: coachmanJohn Bertram Reeve, coachmanRooms Over Stables, Leyswood, Groombridge1911 Census
Withyham and Groombridge, Sussex
Lucy Hatcher Reeve, F, Wife, married 32 years, age 55, born Lutton, NorthamptonshireLucy Hatcher Reeve
Harriett Reeve, F, Daughter, single, age 25, born Piccadilly, London; occupation: lady's maidHarriett Reeve
Lucy Pashler Reeve, F, Daughter, single, age 15, born Groombridge, Sussex; occupation: milliner's apprenticeLucy Pashler Reeve
George Reeve, M, Son, single, age 18, born Groombridge, Sussex; occupation: mechanical dentistGeorge Reeve

2nd Apr 1911CensusErnest Bristow, M, Head, married, age 47, born Mere, Wiltshire; occupation: gardener (head)Ernest Bristow, gardener (head)Gardeners Cottage, Leyswood, Groombridge1911 Census
Withyham and Groombridge, Sussex
Edith Mary Bristow, F, Daughter, single, age 18, born Groombridge, Sussex; occupation: pupil teacher elementary schoolEdith Mary Bristow

2nd Apr 1911CensusHenry Thrussell, M, Head, single, age 28, born Hitchin Preston, Hertfordshire; occupation: foreman gardenerHenry Thrussell, foreman gardenerRooms In Gardens, Leyswood, Groombridge1911 Census
Withyham and Groombridge, Sussex
Frank George Wooding, M, Boarder, single, age 18, born Stubdon, Lincolnshire; occupation: under gardenerFrank George Wooding
William Russell, M, Boarder, single, age 26, born Wells, Somerset; occupation: under gardenerWilliam Russell
William George West, M, Boarder, single, age 21, born Epson, Surrey; occupation: under gardenerWilliam George West

2nd Apr 1911CensusJoseph Phipps, M, Head, married, age 64, born Hertford, Hertfordshire; occupation: herdsman on estateJoseph Phipps, herdsman on estateThe Dairy Leyswood, Groombridge1911 Census
Withyham and Groombridge, Sussex
Ellen Phipps, F, Wife, married 41 years, age 63, born Bennington, Hertfordshire; occupation: dairy maidEllen Phipps
Frederick Phipps, M, Son, single, age 35, born Hertford, Hertfordshire; occupation: cowman on farmFrederick Phipps

2nd Apr 1911CensusPercy Rich, M, Head, single, age 23, born Mereworth, Kent; occupation: under gardenerPercy Rich, under gardenerThe Dairy, Leyswood, Groombridge1911 Census
Withyham and Groombridge, Sussex

2nd Apr 1911CensusGeorge Hillier, M, Head, married, age 41, born Milford, Hampshire; occupation: carpenterGeorge Hillier, carpenterCarpenters Cottage, Leyswood, Groombridge1911 Census
Withyham and Groombridge, Sussex
Eliza Hillier, F, Wife, married 7 years, age 42, born St John'S Wood, LondonEliza Hillier

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