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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
3rd Apr 1881CensusEliza Street, F, Wife, married, age 45, born SurreyEliza Street
3rd Apr 1881CensusFrancis C. Bell, F, Servant, single, age 17, born London, occupation: housemaidFrancis C. Bell
3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam Sheldrake, M, Servant, single, age 18, born Norfolk; occupation FootmanWilliam Sheldrake
3rd Apr 1881CensusJane White, F, Servant, widowed, age 39, born Norfolk; occupation General ServantJane White
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary 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
3rd Apr 1881CensusElizah. Frenett, F, Wife, married, age 26, born SurreyElizah. Frenett
3rd Apr 1881CensusHetty Sarah Frenett, F, Daughter, age 5, born WithyhamHetty Sarah Frenett
3rd Apr 1881CensusMaria Hallett, F, Nurse, married, age 49, born Oxfordshire; occupation: nurseMaria Hallett
3rd Apr 1881CensusMaria Hallett, F, Nurse, married, age 49, born Oxfordshire; occupation: nurseMaria Hallett
3rd Apr 1881CensusFredk. 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
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary Ann Moorhouse, F, Wife, married, age 39, born ThakehamMary Ann Moorhouse
3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas Moorhouse, M, Son, age 15, born Cheshire; occupation: gardenerThomas Moorhouse
3rd Apr 1881CensusAugusta Moorhouse, F, Daughter, age 13, born Cheshire; occupation: scholarAugusta Moorhouse
3rd Apr 1881CensusAlbert Moorhouse, M, Son, age 11, born Yorkshire; occupation: scholarAlbert Moorhouse
3rd Apr 1881CensusAgness Moorhouse, F, Daughter, age 9, born Yorkshire; occupation: scholarAgness Moorhouse
3rd Apr 1881CensusErnest Moorhouse, M, Son, age 7, born Yorkshire; occupation: scholarErnest Moorhouse
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary 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
3rd Apr 1881CensusHannah Grimes, F, Daughter, single, age 17, born NorthamptonshireHannah Grimes
3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Grimes, M, Son, single, age 19, born Northamptonshire; occupation: groomGeorge Grimes
3rd Apr 1881CensusPaul 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
3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam Glennie, M, Lodger, single, age 28, born Scotland; occupation: yardmanWilliam Glennie
3rd Apr 1881CensusHerbert 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
5th Apr 1891CensusJohn Henry Fields, M, Boarder, single, age 25, born Kingston On Hull, Yorkshire; occupation: coachmanJohn Henry Fields
5th Apr 1891CensusHenry Morton Moore, M, Boarder, single, age 38, born Hull Wootton, Warwickshire; occupation: stablemanHenry Morton Moore
5th Apr 1891CensusG 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
5th Apr 1891CensusMargaret Rogers, F, Wife, married, age 31, born Sedburgh, YorkshireMargaret Rogers
5th Apr 1891CensusHarold Rogers, M, Son, age 3, born Rotherfield, SussexHarold Rogers
5th Apr 1891CensusSelina 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
5th Apr 1891CensusWilliam R H Temple, M, Son, married, age 30, born Marylebone, London; occupation: BarristerWilliam R H Temple
5th Apr 1891CensusCatherine Williams, F, Visitor, single, age 58, born Kensington, LondonCatherine Williams
5th Apr 1891CensusFrancis Moore, M, Visitor, married, age 29, born Hampstead, Middlesex; occupation: stockbrokerFrancis Moore
5th Apr 1891CensusEvelyn Moore, F, Visitor, married, age 31, born SurreyEvelyn Moore
5th Apr 1891CensusWilliam Brittain, M, Butler, single, age 55, born Hauxwell, Yorkshire, occupation: butlerWilliam Brittain
5th Apr 1891CensusRobert Jones, M, Footman, single, age 26, born Cheshire; occupation: footmanRobert Jones
5th Apr 1891CensusMargaret Reilley, F, Servant, widowed, age 52, born Dalry Ayrshire, Scotland; occupation: HousekeeperMargaret Reilley
5th Apr 1891CensusMaggie Reilley, F, Servant, single, age 31, born Dalry Ayrshire, Scotland; occupation: CookMaggie Reilley
5th Apr 1891CensusSarah Ann Branson, F, Servant, single, age 39, born Charlton, occupation: lady's maidSarah Ann Branson
5th Apr 1891CensusMargaret Ramage, F, Servant, single, age 38, born Midlothian, Scotland; occupation: Lady's maidMargaret Ramage
5th Apr 1891CensusMary Aspey, F, Servant, single, age 38, born CheshireMary Aspey
5th Apr 1891CensusElizabeth Davis, F, Servant, single, age 32, born Braintree, Essex; occupation: housemaidElizabeth Davis
5th Apr 1891CensusJane Wimbourne, F, Servant, single, age 22, born Limehouse, LondonJane Wimbourne
5th Apr 1891CensusMary Sheeres, F, Servant, single, age 21, born Exeter, Devon; occupation: general domestic servantMary Sheeres
5th Apr 1891CensusEmily Marsh, F, Servant, single, age 19, born Brokhurst, Dorset; occupation: general domestic servantEmily Marsh
5th Apr 1891CensusMaria Pulfreeman, F, Servant, single, age 19, born Bromley, Kent; occupation: General domestic servantMaria Pulfreeman
5th Apr 1891CensusEdith 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
5th Apr 1891CensusLucy Reeve, F, Wife, married, age 36, born Lutton, NorthamptonshireLucy Reeve
5th Apr 1891CensusThomas B Reeve, M, Son, age 7, born Piccadilly, LondonThomas B Reeve
5th Apr 1891CensusHarriet Reeve, F, Daughter, age 5, born Piccadilly, LondonHarriet Reeve
5th Apr 1891CensusJohn Reeve, M, Son, age 2, born Piccadilly, LondonJohn Reeve
5th Apr 1891CensusWilliam Flawn, M, Lodger, age 22, born Crowborough, Sussex; occupation: groomWilliam Flawn
5th Apr 1891CensusMarshall 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
5th Apr 1891CensusMary Ann Moorhouse, F, Wife, married, age 49, born Thakeham, SussexMary Ann Moorhouse
5th Apr 1891CensusMay 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
5th Apr 1891CensusCharles Willie, M, Servant, single, age 27, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: Under gardenerCharles Willie
5th Apr 1891CensusWilliam 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
5th Apr 1891CensusE Allamby, F, Wife, married, age 32, born Kendal, WestmorlandE Allamby
5th Apr 1891CensusJ B Allamby, M, Son, age 6, born Barrow In FurnessJ B Allamby
5th Apr 1891CensusEthel J Allamby, F, Daughter, age 4, born Rotherfield, SussexEthel J Allamby
5th Apr 1891CensusThomas B Allamby, M, Son, age 2, born Rotherfield, SussexThomas B Allamby
5th Apr 1891CensusAnne 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.

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