The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Wenbams [a.k.a. Wenbourne]      Wadhurst  
Wenbans - Of good size; irregularly built; picturesquely retired - modern, chiefly brick and tile work - has good chimneys at one end wooden brackets, and a door left of older house.
extract from Wace's Wadhurst


Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1923The Story of Wadhurst by Alfred A. Wace ⇒ p. 63
1931Wealden Iron by Ernest Straker ⇒ p. 288

Historical records

c 1320HistoryWenbams [a.k.a. Wenbourne]Wace's Wadhurst
Wenban is named in Edward II's time as belonging to the Earl of Richmond and Duke of Brittany - lords of the Rape of Hastings, in Manor of Bibleham. … It then became the property of the family of Whitfield, who gave it the name of Wenbans, when Robert Whitfield married Kathleen, widow of Wenborne of Wenbans, and settled there.

1545HistoryWenbornesWace's Wadhurst
Christopher Maunser, who died in 1545, owned besides Heighton, Riseden, Gregories, and Wenbornes

1668 to 1783HistoryWenbams [a.k.a. Wenbourne]Wace's Wadhurst
Wenban became connected with the property of Christopher Manser of High Town, whose daughter married Robert Wenborne. From 1668-1783 the Caustons held it as copyholders under Manser. Then George James, a Weaver of Kidderminster, married Sarah Causton, and later sold it to John Thompsett, yeoman, and it has remained in the hands of that family till its recent sale to Lord G. Cholmondeley

1741HistoryWenbansWace's Wadhurst
After another short minority, Scragoak, then only 30 acres, but still including a Forge, passed in 1741 to James Thompsett, yeoman, and Wenbans was added to it. In the next generation the two farms were separated, and the elder of two brothers took Scragoak. It remained in Thompsett hands till it was divided by sale between the High Town and Castle property.

c 1825Wadhurst, Sussex - c 1825Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1825 by Christopher and John GreenwoodWenbourne

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farm labourerJesse Kitchenham, farm labourerNo 2, Wenbons Cottage1851 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
WifeElizabeth Kitchenham
DaughterCaroline Kitchenham

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation Farm labourerHorace StephensNo 2, Wenbons Cottage1851 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
WifeEllen Stephens
DaughterMary Ann Stephens

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation Farm labourerJohn WeeksNo 1, Wenbons Cottage1851 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
WifeAnn Weeks [Walker]
SonJoseph J. Weeks
DaughterMary Jane Weeks
SonWilliam H. Weeks
DaughterEllen Weeks
DaughterSusanna Weeks

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; employs 6 people; occupation FARMERJames TompsettWenbons Farm1851 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
WifeSarah Tompsett
SonJames Tompsett
SonDenis Tompsett
DaughterCharity Tompsett
SonJohn Tompsett
SonOwen Tompsett
Servant; occupation Farm labourerJames Weeks

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

3rd Apr 1881CensusJames Tompsett, M, Head, single, age 48, born Wadhurst, employs 9 men and 2 boys; occupation FarmerJames TompsettWenbons Farm1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
Dennis Tompsett, M, Brother, single, age 45, born WadhurstDenis Tompsett

3rd Apr 1881CensusOwen Tompsett, M, Head, married, age 38, born WadhurstOwen TompsettWenbons Farm1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
Mary Tompsett, F, Wife, married, age 30, born BuxtedMary Tompsett
Percy Tompsett, M, Son, age 2, born WadhurstPercy Tompsett
Serah Tompsett, F, Mother, widowed, age 81, born Wadhurst; occupation AnnuitantSerah Tompsett
Clara Bridger, F, Servant, single, age 14, born Wadhurst; occupation: servantClara Bridger

3rd Apr 1881CensusAlfred Bridger, M, Head, married, age 66, born Benenden; occupation: farm labourerAlfred Bridger, farm labourerNo 1, Wenbons Cottage1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
Charlotte Bridger, F, Wife, married, age 48, born WesterhamCharlotte Bridger
Alfred Bridger, M, Son, single, age 17, born Wadhurst; occupation: farm labourerAlfred Bridger
Alice Bridger, F, Daughter, age 11, born Wadhurst; occupation: scholarAlice Bridger
Naomi Bridger, F, Daughter, age 6, born Wadhurst; occupation: scholarNaomi Bridger

3rd Apr 1881CensusCharles H. Holden, M, Head, married, age 22, born Westerham; occupation: gardenerCharles H. Holden, gardenerNo 2, Wenbons Cottage1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
Mary Ann Holden, F, Wife, married, age 19, born MayfieldMary Ann Holden
William C. Holden, M, Son, age 4 m, born WadhurstWilliam C. Holden

3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Cottingham, M, Head, married, age 44, born Pembury, occupation: farm labourerGeorge Cottingham, farm labourerNo 3, Wenbons Cottage1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
Mary Cottingham, F, Wife, married, age 43, born BexhillMary Cottingham
George Cottingham, M, Son, single, age 21, born Frant, occupation: farm labourerGeorge Cottingham
Ellen Cottingham, F, Daughter, single, age 14, born WadhurstEllen Cottingham
Henry O. Cottingham, M, Son, age 12, born Wadhurst, occupation: farm labourerHenry O. Cottingham
Emily Cottingham, F, Daughter, age 10, born Wadhurst, occupation: scholarEmily Cottingham
Elizabeth Cottingham, F, Daughter, age 9, born Wadhurst, occupation: scholarElizabeth Cottingham
Robert J. Cottingham, M, Son, age 7, born Wadhurst, occupation: scholarRobert J. Cottingham
Fred. Cottingham, M, Son, age 5, born Wadhurst, occupation: scholarFred. Cottingham
Dennis Cottingham, M, Son, age 3, born WadhurstDennis Cottingham
Alice Cottingham, F, Daughter, age 1, born WadhurstAlice Cottingham

3rd Apr 1881CensusJames Hayward, M, Head, married, age 44, born Burwash; occupation: farm labourerJames HaywardNo 4, Wenbons Cottage1881 Census
Wadhurst, Sussex
Ellen Hayward, F, Wife, married, age 39, born WiltshireEllen Hayward
James Hayward, M, Son, single, age 15, born Wadhurst; occupation: farm labourerJames Hayward
John Hayward, M, Son, single, age 13, born Wadhurst; occupation: farm labourerJohn Hayward
William Hayward, M, Son, age 10, born Wadhurst; occupation: scholarWilliam Hayward
Charles Hayward, M, Son, age 7, born Wadhurst; occupation: scholarCharles Hayward
Serah A. Hayward, F, Daughter, age 6, born Wadhurst; occupation: scholarSerah A. Hayward
Rose H. Hayward, F, Daughter, age 4, born Wadhurst; occupation: scholarRose H. Hayward
Percy Hayward, M, Son, age 2, born WadhurstPercy Hayward
Albert Hayward, M, Son, age 8 m, born WadhurstAlbert Hayward

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