The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Grove Cottages [a.k.a. Waldron Workhouse]      Waldron  
Historical records

1738HistoryWaldron WorkhouseMichael & Margaret Wilson's research
Bond given to build Waldron workhouse.
Bond by the Hon. Henry Pelham of Esher, co. Surrey Esq. sit Thomas Dyke of Horham. co. Sussex. Bart. John Fuller of Brightling.Esq. Hugh Offley of Possingworth. Waldron. Gent.; Elizabeth Mittel of East Hoathley, spinster, Josiah Bonwick and Jesse Pyper, church wardens of Waldron. Josiah Smith and John Gosling, overseers of Waldron, and Nicholas Atwood of Waldron. gent. , and Samuel Durrant of Waldron, mercer, to Philadelphia James of East Grinstead, spinster, in £500 for payment of an annuity of £20 for life, in consideration of £250 paid for the building of a workhouse for the Parish of Waldron.
Signatures and Seals.
Ref: SASDD133

17th Jan 1741HistoryWaldron WorkhouseMichael & Margaret Wilson's research
The first record found in the Parish Church records that specifically mentioned the person living in the Workhouse was for a Burial of 'Old Goodram Baker' 17 Jan 1741.

1766HistoryWaldron WorkhouseMichael & Margaret Wilson's research
There was a vault erected without any consent asked, but having buried a corpse could demand only 6/8d for breaking the ground and 2/- for reading the service, but might bury anyone in the said vault.
Burial 30 Oct 1766 Ann Hammond aged 35 Wife of William Hammond of Lewes, Tanner.
30 Dec 1766 Thomas Ilfold buried in the vault of Tanner Hammond's wife of Lewes

1767HistoryWaldron WorkhouseMichael & Margaret Wilson's research
List of Pelham owned land. Mentions parish workhouse worth £5 per ann
Ref: FB/117

29th Mar 1768HistoryWaldron WorkhouseMichael & Margaret Wilson's research
With an endorsement receipt of March 29 1768 by Henry Humphrey executor, for 50s paid by the parish officers of Waldron, being the arrears of annuity due at the time of death of the said P James. (Philadelphia James)

1775HistoryWaldron WorkhouseMichael & Margaret Wilson's research
Pelham family sells Herringdales to the Smith family. Workhouse mentioned as being retained by the Pelham family.
Ref: ACC 7755/9/11

10th Apr 1786HistoryWaldron WorkhouseMichael & Margaret Wilson's research
Agreement From 10 April 1786 - John Waters appointed to Govern, Manage and direct the Management of the poor in the workhouse. (Vestry book)

3rd Nov 1795HistoryWaldron WorkhouseMichael & Margaret Wilson's research
It was agreed to hire out paupers of the workhouse that were capable of labour by the month to the highest bidder.

9th Aug 1796HistoryWaldron WorkhouseMichael & Margaret Wilson's research
John Waters given Board for himself, wife, 2 children and £25 for keeping Parish Accounts, for managing the effects of the workhouse in the best manner he can.

1st Dec 1820HistoryWaldron WorkhouseMichael & Margaret Wilson's research
John Walters died. School Master and Vestry Clerk. Buried 1 Dec 1820 Aged 74

25th Mar 1835HistoryUckfield Poor Law Union formedWaldron WorkhouseMichael & Margaret Wilson's research

28th Jan 1838HistoryWaldron WorkhouseMichael & Margaret Wilson's research
Last Burial specifically mentioning a person as living in the Waldron Workhouse was a Burial for Ann Medhurst Jan 28th 1838, Aged 76 from Framfield.

6th Jun 1841CensusEdgar Thomson, M, Head, age 13, born SussexEdgar ThomsonPoorhouse1841 Census
Waldron, Sussex
Naomi Thomson, F, age 12, born SussexNaomi Thomson
Emily Thomson, F, age 11, born SussexEmily Thomson
Jane Thomson, F, age 7, born SussexJane Thomson
Lucy Thomson, F, age 6, born SussexLucy Thomson
George Thomson, M, age 4, born SussexGeorge Thomson

6th Jun 1841CensusMoses Durrant, M, Head, age 40 to 44, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourerMoses Durrant, farm labourerPoorhouse1841 Census
Waldron, Sussex
Mary Durrant, F, [Wife], age 35 to 39, born SussexMary Durrant [Foord]
William Durrant, M, [Son], age 13, born SussexWilliam Durrant
George Durrant, M, [Son], age 11, born SussexGeorge Durrant
Hannah Durrant, F, [Daughter], age 7, born SussexHannah Cornwell [Durrant]
Amos Durrant, M, [Son], age 5, born SussexAmos Durrant
Owen Durrant, M, [Son], age 2, born SussexOwen Durrant

1842HistoryWaldron WorkhouseMichael & Margaret Wilson's research
Land tax 1842 - this consisted of a map of Waldron and surrounding districts, with numbered plots. Referred to book with owners matching land numbers.
Owned by Rev Thos Raynes Exeter college
Plot 960Crossways 3 acres 1 rood 39 perches.
Plot 957Glebe. First crossways field. (now stands Old Glebe).
Plot 958Field opposite Grove cottages. Cat(h)tam meadow.
Plot 96Poor house and garden 10 acres 3 rood 22 perches.
Plot 1197Workhouse wood owned by Richard Preston 15 acres 1 rood 14 perches.

Ref: TD/E

1843HistoryWaldron WorkhouseMichael & Margaret Wilson's research
Waldron Union now at Uckfield. Overseers to the Poor. Neri Moon and Josias Bonnick churchwardens and James Wood.

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation Farm LabourerWalter WenhamWorkhouse1851 Census
Waldron, Sussex
WifeSusannah Wenham [Page]
DaughterLucy Wenham
SonWilliam Wenham
DaughterMary Ann Wenham
DaughterEmma Wenham
DaughterSusannah Wenham
DaughterSarah Ann Wenham
SonEdward Wenham
DaughterLouisa Wenham
SonWalter Wenham

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farm labourerSamuel Durrant, farm labourerWorkhouse1851 Census
Waldron, Sussex
WifeMary Durrant [Russell]
Son; occupation: farm labourerSamuel Durrant
DaughterMary Durrant
DaughterSarah Durrant
DaughterHarriott Durrant
Grand-sonJames Durrant
Lodger; occupation: farm labourerAaron Durrant

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; widowed; occupation PauperFanny TommasWorkhouse1851 Census
Waldron, Sussex
Son; occupation Farm LabourerHorace Tommas
Son; occupation Farm LabourerEdwin Tommas
DaughterSarah Tommas

3rd Apr 1881CensusAlfred Allen, M, Head, married, age 47, born Brightling; occupation: farm labourerAlfred Allen, farm labourer1 Grove Cottage1881 Census
Waldron, Sussex
Mary Allen, F, Wife, married, age 34, born HeathfieldMary Allen
Annie Allen, F, Daughter, age 10, born Brighton; occupation: scholarAnnie Allen
Alfred Allen, M, Son, age 7, born Rotherfield; occupation: scholarAlfred Allen
Alice Allen, F, Daughter, age 4, born Rotherfield; occupation: scholarAlice Allen

3rd Apr 1881CensusHenry Thomas, M, Head, married, age 65, born Waldron; occupation Farm labourerHenry Thomas2 Grove Cottage1881 Census
Waldron, Sussex
Hannah Thomas, F, Wife, married, age 50, born WaldronHannah Thomas
Mary Thomas, F, Daughter, single, age 28, born Waldron; occupation DressmakerMary Thomas
William Thomas, M, Son, single, age 26, born Waldron; occupation Farm labourerWilliam Thomas
Trayton Thomas, M, Son, single, age 23, born Waldron; occupation Farm labourerTrayton Thomas
John Thomas, M, Son, single, age 17, born Waldron; occupation Farm labourerJohn Thomas
Albert Thomas, M, Son, single, age 15, born Waldron; occupation Farm labourerAlbert Thomas

3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam Gasten, M, Head, married, age 47, born Waldron; occupation: carterWilliam Gasten, carter3 Grove Cottage1881 Census
Waldron, Sussex
Mary A.E. Gasten, F, Wife, married, age 41, born RotherfieldMary A.E. Gasten
William G. Gasten, M, Son, single, age 14, born Waldron; occupation: farm labourerWilliam G. Gasten
Elizabeth T. Gasten, F, Daughter, age 11, born Waldron; occupation: scholarElizabeth T. Gasten
Arthur Gasten, M, Son, age 10, born Waldron; occupation: scholarArthur Gasten
Beatrice Gasten, F, Daughter, age 6, born Waldron; occupation: scholarBeatrice Gasten
Leonard Gasten, M, Son, age 4, born Waldron; occupation: scholarLeonard Gasten

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