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Want help with local history research? Emma Richardson has some spare time and can do parish register look-ups, look for graves and take pictures of them, census look-ups, look for houses in the parish, that sort of thing. She likes to solve little mysteries for people if she can. With specific dates, she can look through the old newspapers and directories. if people are quite specific about dates. She doesn't charge the earth - just a little more than her expenses : she has to eat! E-mail her if you need help

Surname List - click for details
Akehurst Anscombe Attwood and again Austen Avard Baldock  
Baitup and again Bassett Barrow Belcher Biddlecombe Blackman Campany/Company
Clark Clifton and again Cottingham Dowling      
Edwards Felton Ford Foster Fry Gibb Hallett
Hayward Hoadley Hodgskin Howlett and again Jeffry/Jeffery Lavender Lucas
Luff Mabb and again Manktelow and again Martin and again Maryan Mepham Morgan
  Newington and again Noakes Osmer Pankhurst Pantrey Playsted
Puxty Ralph and again Read Relf/Rolfe and again Richardson Rogers Russell
Sands Scott Sellars Seymour Spooner Standen Stapley and again
Stevens Till Tuppeny Tyman Vidler Walker Wallis
Warren Weekes White and again Whitfield Young    

Linda Hayler e-mailed: My family tree contains many Whites. We have discovered that they were farmers and millers from around the Wadhurst and Ticehurst areas. I would like to track back to more of my relatives living or dead.
I can follow my own line back to,
Charles Richard 1872 marries Ellen Cox
George Stephen 1845 marries Jane Vidler
Richard 1814 marries Charlotte Tribe
Stephen 1776 marries Sarah
William 1850 marries Mary
Any information would be warmly welcomed: 01323 505422 or 39 Chelworth Road, Eastbourne,Sussex, BN22 0BD

Colin Hill e-mailed: I am particularly interested in the Newington's of Wadhurst & Ticehurst as my late grandmother's family line originates here. My great great great grandfather was Joseph Owen Newington who was a watch and clock maker born in Wadhurst in 1843. He married Mary Fisher.
Joseph Owen's son Owen continued the family business and moved to Worthing where my family are now mainly based. It would be of great interest to learn more about their watch and clock making business/trade in Wadhurst although I suspect they did more repairing and selling than actual making. I can find no record of watches or clocks bearing the name Newington.
Joseph Owen's father was Samuel Newington (1775/6-1836) who married Elizabeth Basset (b1775) on 17/11/1796 in Wadhurst. I believe he had a brother called Joel who was a miller and who married Mary Noakes. Samuel was a carpenter & joiner who ran a business and possibly a shop in Sparrows Green. I have a copy of his will dated 1836 which gives details of his children etc. He appears to have been reasonably well-off.
It would be interesting to learn more about his work. And also about Samuel's father who I believe to be Joseph Newington, also possibly a miller of Ticehurst and who married Mary Young. As mentioned before, he may of had another son by the name of Joel but that is all I know about him.
Any information about Joseph Newington and Mary Young would be of great help, especially their children, parents, grandparents etc

Tim Cottingham by e-mail is still looking for any of these names: COTTINGHAM, BLACKMAN, Amos Mankelowe? BALCOMBE, PACK, TUPPENY, WRIGHT

Ian Richardson has a family history website covering many local family names - at least 120 listed on the site: in the table above only Richardson has been added!

Peter Davison from Greensboro NC writes: "My mother's family [Lucas] lived in Three Leg Cross Ticehurst. My grandfather and his four brothers went off to fight in the Great War and all came back .A memorial to them is in the parish church. The family are buried in the old churchyard where sheep still graze. My grand parents lived in Coldharbour. Would like to hear from anyone who has the same interests. My Great grandmother Jane Lucas née Fuller came from Blue Caps farm ,her father William Fuller ran the farm." Contact him at 1219 West Northwood Street,Greensboro,NC.27408 USA. or e-mail

Janet is trying to trace the following names JOHN CANEY born 1780s, ALFRED HUNT born 1798s, JOHN TICKNER born 1773. JOSEPH MEPHAM born 1743s and RICHARD BOULDIN born 1798  and would be gratefull of any help. Contatc her by e-mail or post to 63 Barton Rd Nuneaton CV10 7BW

Brian Collinson is researching his wife's family. They originated in Ticehurst. The 1841 census lists James Ford, born 1781 as living at (what looks like) Stores Farm - apparently next to Tutts Farm. Does anyone know anything further? Contact him by e-mail, post to La Noue, 85220 Coex, Vendee, France or phone 0033251558456

Lisa de Garston is researching her family history. Great Great Grandmother was Maria Akehurst (born 1883 in Frant), the daughter of James & Mary Akehurst (nee Rabbitt) who lived at Rushlye Cottages, Frant. Maria had 11 siblings, Sarah Ann, Kate, Rose, James, Alice, Ernest, Charles, Sidney Edward, John, Julia, and finally Thomas. Maria married William Rogers in 1877 at St Albans. Maria and William moved out of Frant and had four children, Emma, Thomas, Alice (my Great Grandmother) and William. In1891 Maria and her family were living in Hever and her two brothers, Charles, a gamekeeper and Sidney lodged with them. Maria and William then moved to Tunbridge Wells to Spencer Mews and later Varney Street.
She would be grateful for any contact with either Akehurst or Rogers descendants who might have any information to help in hersearch. e-mail or 01892 535 594

Stef Cloke writes: RUSSELL is my family name, all my family came from Etchingham/Ticehurst/Hurst Green. I am searching for info on the parents of SAMUEL RUSSELL b.1791 who married a SOPHIA COMPANY or CAMPANY b.1794 on 17.8.1813. She is buried in Etchingham but what I am really interested in is any RUSSELL graves in Etchingham, Robertsbridge, Salehurst, Ticehurst and Hurst Green as I am trying to find where my great grandfather was buried.  He was HORACE ROBERT RUSSELL, died in 1909 leaving his wife Kate(née Hallett) with two small boys; she then married a Fred Woodgate and was buried in Salehurst cemetery in 1971 aged 95.  Contact at 149 Eltham Palace Rd, SE9 5NA

Lynn Webb writes:  Researching my STEVENS family line of Wadhurst - Joseph Stevens born 1799/1800 my gt.gt.gt. grandfather married a Charity? but not sure what her maiden name was, so I would like to find out if local historians have that in their records. They had children David, Charity Ann, Horace, Frederick, and Robert. They all eventually left Wadhurst and migrated from Sussex to Kent, where I am from originally. But as I am now in Norfolk I would like some help in putting the pieces of my puzzle together. I understand that I may have burials in the area too. Any help gratefully received - by e-mail

Neville Thomas has submitted details of William STAPLEY: "baptised 28 Sep 1662 Ticehurst s/o William, "born Battle" ????????"  If anyone has further information, contact him by email, post - 265 Lake Road, Takapuna, North Shore 1309, New Zealand - or phone: ++64-9-4896517

Tom Attwood's grandfather's family were from Wadhurst and went to Canada in the late 1800 's - Harry, Roland,Ada, Charles are some names; their parents were William and Sarah, who lived at 10 Kestrel Ave, Herne Hill. E-mail him if you can help

Frank Mikesell of 1091 Shannon Drive, Medford, OR, 97504, USA is looking for information concerning the "Jeffery/Jeffry" family line, hopefully in Wadhurst: inparticular tracing John Jeffry - born 1717, married to Anne Christmas May 11, 1742, in Wadhurst.
John Jeffery sailed from England to Virginia, USA, on September 13, 1730, aboard the ship Smith. Ship's captain was William Laney. (Seems likely "John" Jeffery was of England, and the father of James Jeffery of Virginia, USA). Frank has information on the Jeffery line in USA for anyone interested. Contact by email

Freda Croxford (née Clark) - her father and grandmother are buried in Ticehurst churchyard. His name was Fred Clark - last lived in Springfields untill he passed away in 1990. Her cousin John also lived around there and since moved away. Her Stepmother's name was Carol née Smith - she had 3 girls the youngest would be 25 this year. Freda would love to know where rest of family are or information about them - contact here

Rachel has traced her great grandfather Henry Belcher and his wife Rhoda to Wadhurst. They were living there in 1909 but she does not know if they died there or moved on. They had children Caroline, Rhoda, Evelyn (she married Edward Butcher in 1909 in Wadhurst) and Mabel. If anyone has any information on this family - contact here

John Olson is interested in hearing from anybody who knew John Morduant Foster who was born in Ticehurst in December 1906. His name has cropped up in relation to research he is doing on his family - contact here.

Julie Kelly would like any information on the Mabb family. Ann Mabb 1838 or 1839 was born in Wadhurst. Contact here

Terry Deal - researching VIDLERs of Ticehurst area (and have lots of material about) but forgot to alter his email address which has been out of date on this site for over a year - see here. Please contact him here

Gary Standen from Australia is researching the Standen surname which appears to originate from the Ticehurst and Goudhurst area. He would like to share information with all interested searchers. Contact him by e-mail

Linda Powell writes from Neath: I've been doing some family history research. Found out my family originated from Wadhurst. My maiden name is Baitup, also has been spelt Bateup, Baytup. My 3*g.grandfather was John Baytup b.1790 married to Catherine Beal 1811. If anyone has information about the Baitup clan, I would be very grateful if you would get in touch by e-mail.

H C [Bert] Bassett has information on his family tree - his father Thomas and grandfather Charles were steeplejacks and church spire shinglers in Wadhurst and his great uncle James Bassett had the wheelwright / coach builder / forge business in Durgates.  Bert was born and bred in Faircrouch Road and is now a retired railwayman  of  "Bassetts" St John's Road, New Romney TN28 8EN.  If anyone would like to contact him - please send SAE.

Fred Beach of Monmouth asks: Is anyone still in the area with links to the Maryan family? An aunt of mine was adopted by the Maryan's in 1912, she was Mary Elizabeth Maryan born Ticehurst, who's birth mother was probably a young girl Elizabeth Clara Button also born Ticehurst.  E-mail Fred if you can help.

Pat Courtney [nee Smith] is looking to get in touch with a teacher who she believes lived in Wadhurst and taught at a girls' school in Crowborough. Does anyone know of Mr Norman Rose? Any help would be appreciated. e-mail

Jill Wade of 59 Haymeads Lane, Bishop's Stortford CM23 5JJ phone: 01279 466891writes: "I am a descendant of Stephen WHITE born about 1780 in Ticehurst and buried in the churchyard. His son, Henry White married Mary NEWINGTON (daughter of Joel Newington, miller, and Mary NOAKES) in 1845 and their son was my great grandfather. I am seeking information on the White family generally and am very keen to hear from anyone still living in or with connections to Ticehurst who may also be descended from Stephen White. I am also curious about the Noakes family connection as my great aunt was given that middle name". Any help would be gratefully received - as above or by email

Paul Harrison is trying to trace someone in his wife's family tree by the name of John Tyman, born abt 1827 in Cranbrook and shown on the 1881 census return as owning a farm of 240 acres in Ticehurst. Does anyone know of the whereabouts of 'Witherin Lea Farm'. Contact Paul by e-mail

Peter Dawes from the Isle of Wight writes: "Hello Wadhurst I lived in Wadhurst from 83-90 at Balliol Cottagess Lower High St. I was a member of the Fire service in Wadhurst & worked for Seeboard at T.W. Any old Firemen(or young ones) please get in touch to recall old times - Andy Powell, the Hemsley bros, Roy Hicks, Neil Lavender (and his Dad), Pete Seeney, Tony Horner,etc. Glad to see Wadhurst are now in the Sussex Co League at football!!. My daughter Rachel Dawes went to Wadhurst primary, and wife Anne worked at Uplands. Any contacts would be welcome. Hope to hear from someone from the past" E-mail him NOW!

Steve Arnold writes: "I must congratulate you on your wonderful website. My mother was born in Fair Glen Wadhurst in 1922 and she enjoyed reading about Wadhurst's history and present. Her parents were Charlie and Jane Warren (nee Potter), he was a painter and decorator and she was a nurse before their wedding in 1918. Once again thanks for a wonderful website" (Contact him by e-mail)

Pat Gerber (née Relf)in Switzerland writes: Just wanted to say hello from Switzerland. Have been doing some family research since beginning of this year and found that my great great grandfather was born in Ticehurst (Jason Baldock) As most families of that time (around 1850-60) he had many brothers and sisters who also founded large families (Jason had around 13 children). Jason moved on to Etchingham, married a girl from Burwash (daughter of a certain Reuben Edwards - also a large family) and eventually landed in Sissinghurst. The whole male part of the family seem to have been farm labourers. What are my chances of finding some of the siblings of this part of the Baldock family - are there any left around the area - would be interested to have contact. Try e-mail

Helen Bruce [Scott] writes from Australia: I was born in Tunbridge Wells, Lived in Wadhurst in the mid to late 60's at 5 Central Parade. My Dad was Roger Scott who was a hairdresser with George Brewster, and a retained fireman in your fire station. My Mum Veronica worked in the store across the road from where we lived. We lived next door to Basil Wright the watchmaker, whom we still keep in touch with. We emigrated to Australia in 1969. I have been back to visit several times. Love the place and hope to visit again in the near future. E-mail her

Peter writes: My Grandfather, Mr Luff, was Station-Master at Wadhurst for many years in the first half of the 20th Century. My mother being born on the station in 1906. Most of Mr Luff's children worked on the railways.. from labourer to Station-Master at London Bridge/Eastbourne. Who remembers Miss Bridger & Miss Bennett of Ingoldsby Villas..? the Hansfords at the Best Beech..? and Dawn of the Rock Robin..? Eaton Brothers garage..? Gallops at the forge..? As a child I loved fishing at The Mount.. with Tim Hansford. During steam-days.. I spent many days watching "Schools Class" locomotives arrive & leave Wadhurst. The too-narrow tunnel. Contact him by e-mail .

He has now added: "Trying to fill in a few more details of my memories of the lovely village of Wadhurst. Mr Edward Luff, station master at Wadhurst had eight children: Eve (born 1896) who married Bert Willard of Tunbridge Wells: Marjorie (born 1898) who marrried Frank Jones (who was a signalman in the Brighton area): Ella (born 1900) who married Reg Barham (who I remember selling tickets at Bexhill station): Winnie who married Tom Byrne (their daughter Tess still lives in Surrey): Ernest who became Station-Master at London Bridge & Eastboure: Doris (my mother, born 1906) who was whisked away to the midlands by my father (Jim Cannon of Tunbridge Wells) who sought his living in the motor industry: Vera (born 1916) who married Frank Funnell: and Douglas (born 1918) who married Sylvia Smith. The days of large families..! My father (James Frederick Cannon 1903-1984) was raised in Tunbridge Wells.. and, I believe, played football for Tunbridge Wells before moving to Coventry in 1933. James had a sister (Edith) who never married and devoted her live to nursing.. and William (who moved to London). Although I was born in Coventry.. many years ago I found my way back to Sussex. Is the Rock Robin still functioning.. and The Best Beech..? I'd really like to get back in contact with Tim Hansford (must be mid/late fifties now). Are Ingoldsby Villas still there.. and the pathway behind..?

Stuart Osmer asks:" In Wadhurst there is a road named 'Osmers Hill'. Does anyone have any information relating to the 'Osmer' this road was named after. Any relevant info will be much appreciated. " Contact him by e-mail, post - : Madrigal, Furnace Lane, Broad Oak, RYE TN31 6ES or phone: 01424882306

Claire Pounds has now added the following names in the Wadhurst area - FORWARD, BALCOMB, DOWN, and JUPP - to add to her search for BARROW and LAVENDER
If you have any leads, contact her by e-mail or phone: 01692403937

Paul Morgan of 21 Holliers Crescent, Middle Barton, Chipping Norton, Oxon phone: 01869 347044 writes: "I am researching my family history (Morgan) My great grandfather was Edmund Morgan and worked on the railway as a ticket collector and later as Station Master in the Ticehurst, Chiddingstone and Wadhurst area. Edmund and Jane had 15 children, one of whom (Frank) was born in Ticehurst in 1863. If there is any information known about the family, could you please let me know. Thank you" Write or email him

Brian Ralph writes: My father, Joseph Patrick a soldier in WW2 died in or around Wadhust in 1943 and is buried in a local church yard, likely to be a Catholic church. I believe before he died he stayed with his sister Therisa and her husband Walter Logan. I want to visit and trace the grave as my mother now well into her nineties, before dementia set in, had wished to be buried with him. Can anyone help with any leads? E-mail Brian Ralph

Lorrie Barzdo writes: "My AUSTEN family were well known in Wadhurst from about the early 1800's. Henry Jeffery Austen 1823-1887 was a land valuer and auctioneer and lived in Marling Place and his son Frank was one of the organisers of the Wadhurst Fat Stock Show. A photo of the silver tray presented to Frank Austen in 1891 has been sent to Stan Cosham for inclusion with his memorabilia. Any connections to the Austens, the Tompsett family of Wenban's Farm or the Walter family of Rotherfield are welcomed" - e-mail her

Susan Howlett is looking for descendants from Thomas and Frances Howlett living in Surrey on 1901 census. Her husband descends from their son Sydney. There were several others in the family but she has no idea where they are. Albert was something to do with golf in Hazelmere. Would be pleased to hear from anyone with info by e-mail.

Heather Thorpe is trying to trace descendants of the Clifton and Sands families from Wadhurst. The Clifton's were living there from prior to 1829 until at least 1900. In the Clifton family being traced there was Joseph and Mary (Parents), Alfred, Joseph, Phebe, Sarah Ann, John, Jesper, Horace and Caroline. They lived at one stage at 4 Bartly Cottages. The Sands family moved to Wadhurst between 1850 and 1870. The family consisted of Alfred and Aday (Parents), Charles, Alfred, John, James, Harriet Jane, Edith and George. E-mail her if you can help

Holly Felton is looking to make contact with any Felton living in the Ticehurst area, possibly also Tunbridge Wells area. Relatives have indicated the family lived in the area, her grandfather James Henry Felton immigrated to Canada around 1900. His father was also James Henry Felton - E-mail her if you can help

Claire Pounds is researching her husband's family tree: the family came from the Ticehurst and Wadhurst area. She would love to hear from anyone researching the names LAVENDER, BARROW, DOWLING, YOUNG or FRY - e-mail or phone: 01692403937 her

Saul Eslake Level 10, 100 Queen Street, Melbourne Australia phone: 61-3 9273 6251e-mailed: "My great-great-grandmother Katherine Playsted was born in Tunbridge Wells in 1851. She was the daughter of Alfred Baker Playsted, born in Wadhurst in 1808. She emigrated to New South Wales sometime after the birth of her son (in 1869) and the subsequent death (date unknown) of her first Husband Alfred Share, and subsequently (in 1888) remarried a John Simpson. She died in Sydney in 1902. Alfred Baker Playsted's younger brother Alfred George Playsted emigrated to New Zealand in 1851 with his three young daughters: numerous of their descendants live there today.
Alfred Baker and Alfred George Playsted were sons of William Alfred Playsted (born 1783 in Wadhurst) and Mary Ann Baker (born 1791), who were married in Wadhurst in December 1806."
Any further information on this Playsted family, either earlier ancestors or later descendants, would be gratefully received - in writing or by E-mail

Terry Deal e-mailed: "My recently deceased elderly grandmother came from Wadhurst/Ticehurst and I have inherited a box of material and photographs etc. of the VIDLER family. Have done some further research on the VIDLER family of Ticehurst area and keen to pursue it further. Will be pleased to hear from anyone connected to or researching VIDLER" Contact him by e-mail

Lisa Weekes from Southampton is tracing her family and has discovered a link with Ticehurst. Her G.G. Grandparents lived in the Ticehurst Villiage Gas House in 1881. Can anyone help with information on this? Do email her

Kenneth Ivan Walker [e-mail] in St Thomas, Ontario Canada has now found his second cousins - Kenneth, Gerald and Stella Pantrey: the children of Annie Howlett and Frederick Pantrey; and the three sons and three daughters of Annie's brother Thomas Howlett thanks to various helpers - including Carillon Cottage, the Vicar of Ticehurst and the Courier - his letter below records his success:
Dear Sirs: You published an article submitted to your newspaper, from Michael Harte of Greenman Farm, pertaining to my search for current (but obscure to myself ) relatives of Henry Rayment Howlett, my G-Grandfather, who were known to be still living in the Ticehurst and/or Wadhurst, Sussex area. The connections that I was seeking had a family surname of Howlett/Pantrey. Your article elaborated upon specific names of the Howlett's and Pantrey's children, known to myself.
Your publication of this article has generated numerous email responses ( 25 at the last count) by your readers, to myself, and they still continue, some are an overlap of previous information received, but never the less, each and every message is important to me, since, it expands upon information, and confirms information already received. I now have a direct connection with Ken Pantrey via his daughter Karen, to Stella (Pantrey) Webb, from Mrs. Mike (Dee) Pullan who attended Stella's wedding in the 1950's, and address for Gerald Pantrey, an address for a Mr.D. (Jim) Howlett, from a Mike Hayward.
We all are direct descendants of our G-grandparents: Henry Rayment Howlett, and Annie Louisa (Funnell) Howlett, we are all his G-grandchildren. Please acknowledge to your readers, the success of the publication of this article, and extend my personal thank you to all your readers for all their kindness, time, consideration and extra effort to connect with me, and my relatives (their friends) living in your area.
Unbeknown to the K & S Courier, I had been at a complete standstill for over ten years, I could never open a single door. Your article created quite a stir (buzz) in your readership. Your article has opened most of the doors and/or provided the links necessary, to complete the blanks in the Family Genealogy. It also allows and most important to me, the completion of the charge and continued stewardship, passed to me from my Mother, in her Quest, now mine, to keep the Howlett descendants connected. As Michael Harte quoted to me recently, " There's nowt so odd as folks", how right he is.
Thank you Kenn Walker 10016 Knight Rd. RR 2, Grand Bend, Ontario Canada N0M 1T0

Peter Willsher of 1916 Leclair Crescent, Orleans, Ontario, Canada, K1E 3S7 phone: 613 837 2853 - born in Woods Green, 1951, lived at Perrins Farm until 1974. Went to the Primary School and Uplands. West Kent College in TW and later to college in London. Now lives in Ottawa, the capital of Canada - would like an e-mail!

Jon McKellow is looking for any information on Manktelow families of Wadhurst & surrounding areas from 1750's and back - particulary for details on Henry Manktelow, who married Elizabeth Clarke. Any thoughts by E-mail

Rod Avard in Australia is looking for information on the Avard family from Wadhurst pre 1870's. He would love to contact any Avards still living in Sussex by e-mail.

Mandy Boxall is looking for information about the TILL families of Wadhurst. She believes they originally came from the Rotherfield area into Wadhurst at the beginning of the 19th century. Frederick Till was a blacksmith at Little Snape roughly between 1840 - 1870. Contact her by E-mail

Gareth Richards is trying to look up an old friend from waaay too long ago! if anyone knows where he can get a hold of Madeleine Morison ( now married - surname unknown! ) who used to live in Stonegate, contact him by E-mail

Angela Clements, who runs The Unofficial Saskatoon Light Infantry Web Site has found her uncle. She e-mailed: "My Grandfather married a woman from Wadhurst in WWII, and I am trying to track her family down. The name was Piper, and she lived at 1 Dunstan Terrace in 1943 when they married. If anyone has info on her or any stories of Canadian soldiers on manoeuvers in the area, I'd love to hear from you."

Sue Hendrie by E-mail
or at 11 Church Lane, Wallingford, Oxon OX10 0DX phone: 01491 825978
is researching her mother's family. Her father Henry Playsted Read died in 1931 when she was only 4. Apparently his family came from Wadhurst (or area)and were relatives of the Drews who may have windows commemorating them in the church. Henry had a sister, Lillian Read and on his marriage certificate, his father, Richard Read gives his occupation as a licensed victualler. At some time they seem to have lived in a house named "Buttons". She would very much like to hear from anyone who could throw light on any of the above.

David Allberry by email is trying to find out if a preparatory school he was sent to in the early 1950s still exists (the building, not of course the school - that would have closed long ago). He remembers at the age of 7 or 8 getting to Wadhurst Station and then being taken with other boys by road to the place. It cannot have been far from Wadhurst. It was called Whispers and was run, he thinks, by an ex-Naval type and his wife. It was sometimes confused with another school of the same or nearly the same name, but that was a girls' school. The school only had 40 pupils and was of course a boarding school, so it would have been quite a big house. It was in the country, had a 100 yard (at least) drive, squash and fives courts etc. Can anyone help?

Update: A small booklet "The Schools of East Sussex" - unfortunately of unspecified date - includes, under the heading 'boarding and day schools', this entry:
Whispers, Wadhurst. Boys 5-10 years.

An internet search on 'Whispers' and 'Wadhurst' reveals a website about a Father Boniface Hunt, who "worked at C.G. Teale's prep school at Whispers, Wadhurst, Sussex" - but it doesn't say when, or indeed anything else about the school. But at least it gives us the name Teale. Following that lead the telephone directories of February 1950 and May 1954 have entries for: Teale, G C R. Whispers. Wadhurst 220 There is no such entry in the next directory, dated June 1956. Does any of this ring a bell?

Jeremy Wallis by e-mail or to
3 Ashtrees Road, Woodley, Reading, Berks, RG5 4LP
phone: 0118 901 4641 is interested in any information relating to the Wallis family. They were bricklayers and stonemasons; and from the mid-1800s Parish Clerks.

Kathleen Billington of 38A Windmill Lane Belper Derbyshire DE56 1GN or e-mail is looking for family history surname Gibb and Anscombe living at Little Pell Farm and Station View cottages around 1920's. Any information please?

Tim Cottingham by e-mail is looking for any Cottinghams in the 1841/1851/1861/1871/1891 censuses for Wadhurst. Has anyone got the info please? He is looking for anyone researching the Cottingham surname,and wonders if there is a list of burials in Wadhurst churchyard. E-mail him

Peter Rogers
is interested in ROGERS ancestry in Wadhurst - any local historians with knowledge or memories please contact

Chris and Vicki Millett
Now of 93B The Avenue, Armidale, NSW, 2350 AUSTRALIA or e-mail
lived in Wadhurst 1964-86. Mum and Dad John and Lisa Millett still reside there. Would like to keep in touch for old time's sake!

Sheena van der Merwe nee Gadd
Fairmile, 20 Garda Road, Diep River 7800 RSA
Lived in Wadhurst until 1973, attended Wadhust Sec. Modern from 1961 to 1966. Would like to hear from old friends/school mates. . E-mail

Richard Willis
lived in Wadhurst (Great Durgates Farm) from around 1956 to 1973 and attended the C of E school in its first year at Sparrow's Green. He's been living in Canada since about 1980 and is interested in hearing from anyone in Wadhurst who might remember him from the time he was there. E-mail

The Sussex Genealogy Website

T.C. ATTWOOD is looking for descendants of the Attwood family in or around WADHURST  

Cheryl Murray would like to share information regarding Henry Stapley of Wadhurst, or his parents Samuel Stapley and Hannah Martin. Many other Wadhurst names associated with this family including Mabb, Baitup, Sellars, Mepham, Manktelow, Clifton, Hoadley, Hodgskin, Tuppeny and Seymour.

M. Blackman of 13 Fulcher Avenue Chelmer Village Chelmsford Essex CM2 6QN
asks "Does anyone have any information about the family name of Blackman who lived in Wadhurst".
E-mail him or phone: 01245 289781

Lesley Shiner [nee Puxty]
is interested in Wadhurst as her father's family comes from the Wadhurst/Ticehurst area. She is researching the family names of PUXTY, RELF/ROLFE, BIDDLECOMBE, HAYWARD, SPOONER - particularly interested if anyone reading this has any info on the Hayward/Biddlecombe family as she cannot find any info on her greatgrandfather.
E-mail her if you can help

Hi, Greetings from Lapland, Northern Sweden!
I enjoyed your web site! Please, give my sister, Mrs Mynors, at Stone Cross Road, warm regards!
Sincerely, Lennart Sjgren
Nygatan 16 A, SE-933 31 ARVIDSJUAR SWEDEN

Katie James, who was at Uplands CC from 1991 - 1996 and lived at the Police House, would like to make contact with old friends. She adds "most people knew my dad. I now live in Surrey". Try her Email

Rob Nicklin in Staffordhire [contact by e-mail] wonders if any Wadhurst local historians were aware of a distinguished son of Wadhurst who gave his life in the 1st World War by the name of Lt Col. Frank H Walker, who was born in Wadhurst around 1871 & resided with family & staff at something called "Bir[c]khurst Lodge" (or something very similar). Lt Col Walker was the commanding officer of the 7th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment in Gallipoli & was tragically killed during furious fighting with the Turks on the last night of withdrawal from the peninsula - 7th January 1916. At the time of his death I believe that he (and his family) had moved to a farm near Horsham, Sussex but nonetheless it would appear that he was Wadhurst born & bred at least for the first 10 years of his life (certainly up to the 1881 census).

Sir Thomas Whitfield
David Whitfield from St. Louis, Missouri by e-mail or US phone: 314-275-2226 is seeking information on the family of Sir Thomas Whitfield, knighted in 1606. Special interest in his son, John Whitfield, and his family. Can any one help?