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Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1766The History of Tunbridge Wells by Thomas Benge Burr ⇒ p. 47
1830Guide of Tunbridge Wells ⇒ p. 64
1840New Guide for Tunbridge Wells by John Colbran and edited by James Phippen ⇒ p. 151

Historical records

1670HistoryCape of Good Hope [a.k.a. High Rocks Inn]Burr's Tunbridge Wells

In 1670, the Duke of York, his duchess, and his two daughters, the princesses Mary and Anne, were at Tunbridge-Wells; and as his royal highness was remarkably pleased with the High-rocks, which he frequently visited, this occasioned the building of a little house there, and from that time it has been fashionable to make entertainments amidst those stupendous ruins of nature; which ever have been, and ever must be reckoned amongst the principal curiosities of the place.


1840HistoryCape of Good Hope [a.k.a. High Rocks Inn]Colbran's Tunbridge Wells

A new public-house is being built here, which will afford increased accommodation to visitors. In the kitchen fire place of the old house is an iron grate back, which was probably cast at one of the foundries that were formerly in this vicinity. It has the royal arms upon it, with the initials of King James, I. R. 1602.


6th Jun 1841CensusNathaniel Jacob, M, Head, age 74; occupation: publicanNathaniel Jacob, publicanHigh Rocks1841 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent & Frant, Sussex
Lucy Jacob, F, age 58, born SussexLucy Jacob
Nathaniel Jacob, M, age 47; occupation: painterNathaniel Jacab
Lucy Jacob, F, age 30 to 34, born SussexLucy Jacob [Taylor]
Elizabeth Jacob, F, age 12, born SussexElizabeth Gander [Jacob]
Edward Jacob, M, age 8, born SussexEdward Jacob
Edward Maynard, M, age 15 to 19, born SussexEdward Maynard
Richard Maynard, M, age 13, born SussexRichard Maynard
Barbara Taylor, F, age 15 to 19, born Sussex; occupation: servantBarbara Taylor
James Latter, M, age 17, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourerJames Latter

30th Mar 1851CensusHead, occupation: licensed victualler and farmerJames Barnett, licensed victualler and farmerCape Of Good Hope, High Rocks1851 Census
Frant, Sussex
Sister; occupation: visitorSarah Deane
Sister, occupation: visitorSusan Bowson
Brother-in-law; occupation: visitorElijah Deane
Servant; widowed; occupation: housekeeperJane Kennard
Visitor, occupation: visitorSusan Brotherhood
Servant; occupation GENERAL SERVANTEliza Salt
Servant; occupation COWMANWilliam Townsend
Servant; occupation: milk boyEdwin Stevens
Lodger; occupation: painter journeymanNathaniel Jacab

7th Apr 1861CensusJames Barnett, M, Head, married, age 55, born Frant, Sussex; occupation: victualler and farmer of 380 acres employing 14 men and 3 boysJames Barnett, victualler and farmerHigh Rocks1861 Census
Frant and Tunbridge Wells, Sussex
Jane Barnett, F, Wife, married, age 46, born Petworth, SussexJane Barnett
Sarah Ann Barnett, F, Daughter, age 9, born Frant, Sussex; occupation: scholarSarah Ann Barnett
Emily Allen, F, Servant, single, age 17, born Withyham, Sussex; occupation: house servantEmily Allen
Hannah Headley, F, Servant, single, age 15, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: nurse maidHannah Headley
David Ovenden, M, Servant, single, age 17, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: house servantDavid Ovenden
John Penticost, M, Servant, single, age 19, born Withyham, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerJohn Penticost

1867Directory entryBarnett James, farmer, Cape, High rocksCape, High rocksPost Office Directory

c 1875Broadwater Forest, Eridge - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyCape of Good Hope Public House

3rd Apr 1881CensusJane Dean, F, Head, widowed, age 61, born Petworth; occupation: hotelkeeper and farmerJane Dean, hotelkeeper and farmerCape Of Good Hope Inn, High Rocks1881 Census
Frant, Sussex
James Barnett, M, Son, single, age 20, born FrantJames Barnett
Mary Brown, F, Servant, single, age 16, born Tonbridge; occupation: general servantMary Brown
John Pearson, M, Servant, single, age 24, born Pembury; occupation CarterJohn Pearson
Annie Southerton, F, Niece, single, age 16, born Brighton; occupation BarmaidAnnie Southerton
William Pearson, M, Servant, single, age 19, born Frant; occupation StockmanWilliam Pearson

1882Directory entryLipscombe Robert, Cape of Good Hope inn, High RocksCape of Good Hope inn, High RocksKelly's Directory

c 1910High Rocks HotelHigh Rocks Hotel, Tunbridge WellsPrivate collection

1911High Rocks Hotel and GardenHigh Rocks Hotel and Garden, Tunbridge Wells photographed by The Colebrooke SeriesPrivate collection

1925The High Rocks HotelThe High Rocks Hotel, Tunbridge Wells photographed by Photochrom Co., LtdPrivate collection

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