The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Earlye Farm      Wadhurst  

Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1923The Story of Wadhurst by Alfred A. Wace ⇒ p. 71
1931Wealden Iron by Ernest Straker ⇒ p. 273

Historical records

1332HistoryEarlye FarmWace's Wadhurst
Earlye, so-called probably after the family of Arligh in the Subsidy Roll of 1332 - 150 acres, half in Frant, half in Wadhurst.

1690 to 1763HistoryEarlyeWace's Wadhurst
In 1690 a Nicholas Puxty sold Towngate, then part of the property, to his brother-in-law, Richard Comber. By him and his son the Towngate property, as it had then come to be called, was further increased by the purchase of Shotinghurst, Earlye, and the Dupleck's farm of 96 A. Richard Comber died in 1763, leaving his real estate to his sister Mary's son, Benjamin Newington

1763HistoryEarlye FarmWace's Wadhurst
Richard Comber of Towngate, died possessed of Earlye in 1763, having bought it from G. Lockyer. From him it went to a nephew, Benjamin Newington, then to Baker of Hightown, on his marriage with Benjamin Newington's niece, and back by exchange of other property to Newington of Towngate

c 1795Eridge Park, Sussex - c 1795Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1795 by William Gardner and Thomas GreamEarely Farm

c 1850HistoryEarlye FarmWace's Wadhurst
With Frankham, Earlye was bought by Henry Dixon

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; employs 3 people; occupation FARMERThomas WellsEarly1851 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
WifeFrances Wells
DaughterFrances M. Wells
SonThomas Wells
Servant; occupation: farm labourerRobert David
Servant; occupation: house servantElizabeth Huntly
Servant; occupation: farm labourerCharles Jenner
Servant; occupation Farm labourerHenry Swift

c 1875North East of Mark Cross, Sussex - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyEarlye Farm

3rd Apr 1881CensusStephen Cheesman, M, Head, married, age 32, born Mayfield, employs 2 men and 1 boy; occupation: farmerStephen Cheesman, farmerErley Farm1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
Betsey Cheesman, F, Wife, married, age 32, born WadhurstBetsey Cheesman [Baker]
Stephen P. Cheesman, M, Son, age 2, born WadhurstStephen P. Cheesman
Catherine L. Cheesman, F, Daughter, age 8 m, born WadhurstCatherine L. Cheesman

3rd Apr 1881CensusEbenezer Styles, M, Head, married, age 35, born Wadhurst; occupation Farm LabourerEbenezer StylesErley Cottage1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
Eliza Styles, F, Wife, married, age 36, born BurwashEliza Styles
James Styles, M, Son, age 14, born Frant; occupation Farm LabourerJames Styles
Eliza M. Styles, F, Daughter, age 11, born Pembury; occupation ScholarEliza M. Styles
Mary Ann Styles, F, Daughter, age 6, born TonbridgeMary Ann Styles

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