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1288HistoryFrankham FarmWace's Wadhurst
No one seeing the very modern houses on the north-west side of this road would think that the triangle formed here by the meeting of the two roads from Wadhurst and Frant was once a park of 230 acres belonging to an Archbishop. There is a record of land to the value of 10s. having been enclosed from the Forest in 1288 for that purpose. It was enlarged by 74 acres in 1364, and grew ultimately to 400 acres. There is no record of any residence there. It seems to have been just an outlying bit of the Mayfield Park.

1546HistoryFrankham FarmWace's Wadhurst
The fishponds on the park are said to have covered 9 acres. Both parks were surrendered by Archbishop Cranmer to, Henry VIII., and were sold together to the Gresham family in 1546. Frankham passed from them to Sir Henry Neville.

1618HistoryFrankham FarmWace's Wadhurst
Frankham was certainly in the hands of Fowle of Riverhall in 1618, for in 1637 he charged Frankham with the supply of two cords of wood for the charity he then created: a charge which is still met by that Estate.

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

c 1795Mark Cross, Sussex - c 1795Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1795 by William Gardner and Thomas GreamFrankham Farm

1810HistoryFrankham FarmWace's Wadhurst
In the next century Frankham was in the hands of the eldest son of Samuel Newington of Hightown, and was entailed by him on his only child Elizabeth, who married W. Delves, Rector of Frant. After her death it was in 1810 bought from his two daughters by James Bellamy of Wisbeach, and his nephew John was holding it, part owner with another, early in last century.

c 1825Mark Cross, Sussex - c 1825Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1825 by Christopher and John GreenwoodFrankham

c 1850HistoryFrankham FarmWace's Wadhurst
About 1850 Frankham was bought by Henry Dixon.

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

3rd Apr 1881CensusJabez Kine, M, Head, married, age 48, born Wadhurst; occupation: gamekeeperJabez KineFrankham Cottage1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusSarah Kine, F, Wife, married, age 45, born MayfieldSarah Kine [Bridger]
3rd Apr 1881CensusAda L. Kine, F, Daughter, single, age 16, born RotherfieldAda Louisa Kine
3rd Apr 1881CensusSamuel T. Kine, M, Son, age 14, born Rotherfield; occupation: scholarSamuel T. Kine
3rd Apr 1881CensusErnest F. Kine, M, Son, age 11, born Rotherfield; occupation: scholarErnest F. Kine
3rd Apr 1881CensusFlora A. Kine, F, Daughter, age 9, born Wadhurst; occupation: scholarFlora A. Kine
3rd Apr 1881CensusEdith May Kine, F, Daughter, age 7, born Wadhurst; occupation: scholarEdith May Kine
3rd Apr 1881CensusEva Agness Kine, F, Daughter, age 3, born WadhurstEva Agness Kine

3rd Apr 1881CensusHenry Tester, M, Head, married, age 49, born Fletching; occupation Farm LabourerHenry TesterFrankham Cottage1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusCharity Tester, F, Wife, married, age 44, born Horsted KeynesCharity Tester
3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Tester, M, Son, single, age 15, born Chailey; occupation Farm LabourerJohn Tester

3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Tester, M, Head, married, age 23, born Fletching; occupation Farm LabourerGeorge TesterFrankham Cottage1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusMaria Ann Tester, F, Wife, married, age 28, born RotherfieldMaria Ann Tester
3rd Apr 1881CensusMaria Ann Tester, F, Daughter, age 4, born LamberhurstMaria Ann Tester
3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Tester, M, Son, age 2, born RotherfieldGeorge Tester
3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Pain, M, Lodger, single, age 33, born Beckley; occupation: farm labourerJohn Pain

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