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Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1923The Story of Wadhurst by Alfred A. Wace ⇒ p. 43

Historical records

1743HistoryVicarageWace's Wadhurst
Things came to a head with Samuel Bush (Vicar 1743-1783). When first appointed he lodged at the present Vicarage with the then owner [John] Legas, who was at that time building the present Hill House for himself. On Legas moving to that, he let the Vicar stay on as his tenant; but they quarrelled, and Legas a few months before he died turned him out. Bush was then on bad terms with the principal land owners over tithe payments, and found much difficulty in housing himself. Indeed for some time he was refused even a sitting in the Church. W. Gurr admitted him at last to Little Pell, but they too fell out.

1751HistoryVicarageWace's Wadhurst
In 1751 Legas died, leaving his first house [now the Vicarage] to his niece, who then married R., Tapsell, an ironmaster. In his hands the house was much improved, and the cost of that and losses in iron made him bankrupt in 1765. Samuel Bush then was able to buy Tapsell's life interest in the house, and he lived on there after Tapsell's death in 1777

1780HistoryVicarageWace's Wadhurst
With a desire to save his successors the misery he had himself endured from being houseless, he bequeathed to the Warden and Fellows of Wadham a sum of money sufficient to buy a proper house for the Vicar ; and the College, being unable to acquire any of the houses suggested as suitable by Bush, bought Legas' first house, the present Vicarage

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: vicar of WadhurstJohn Foley, vicar of WadhurstVicarage House1851 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusWifeCaroline E. Foley
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughterAugusta A. Foley
30th Mar 1851CensusSonJohn W. Foley
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughterMary Foley
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughterCecilia Foley
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation: kitchenmaidEliza Basset
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation: footmanAlbert Brown
30th Mar 1851CensusServant, occupation: cookElizabeth Chapman
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation: nurseSusan Foster
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation HousemaidMaria Pankhurst
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation GENERAL SERVANTObadiah Robinson
30th Mar 1851CensusVisitorLouisa Smith
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation NursemaidHelen Watson

c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyVicarage

3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Foley, M, Head, married, age 75, born Worcestershire; occupation: vicar of WadhurstJohn Foley, vicar of WadhurstVicarage1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusCaroline E. Foley, F, Wife, married, age 66, born NorfolkCaroline E. Foley
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary C. Foley, F, Daughter, single, age 21, born WadhurstMary C. Foley
3rd Apr 1881CensusIsabel M. Barwick, F, Servant, single, age 21, born Canterbury; occupation: cookIsabel M. Barwick
3rd Apr 1881CensusElizabeth Francis, F, Servant, single, age 20, born Frant; occupation: parlour maidElizabeth Francis
3rd Apr 1881CensusSylvia Baldock, F, Servant, single, age 16, born Wadhurst, occupation: housemaidSylvia Baldock
3rd Apr 1881CensusAlbert Watts, M, Servant, age 13, born Wadhurst; occupation House boyAlbert Watts

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