Genealogy at Wadhurst in Sussex

old WadhurstWadhurst map 1787Wadhurst Hall 1920s
WADHURST is situated on the Kent-Sussex border seven miles east of Crowborough and about seven miles south of Tunbridge Wells. Other nearby settlements include Ticehurst, Burwash, Mayfield and Heathfield in East Sussex, and Lamberhurst, Hawkhurst and Cranbrook in Kent.

A book about "WADHURST : Town of the High Weald" was published in 1988 by Meresborough Books. Also see Genuki Wadhurst website

The Parish Register commenced in 1604,  microfilmed by LDS (#1894333/4/5) wasn't included in the IGI,
though the new FamilySearch has LUCKE & STAPLEY entries from 1667.

Surnames of interest to me: LUCKE c.1530+, KNIDGEWOOD c.1595+, STAPLEY 1657+, LANGRIDGE 1676+, BONES 1716+,  DUNK 1770+,  NECKLEN 1900.

The STAPLEYs were in Framfield & Buxted from 1500 or earlier. 
The first STAPLEY recorded in Wadhurst was Elizabeth the daughter of Cornelius (possibly my GGGGGGGGGG grandfather) , who married Edward STEPHENS there in 1657 (SFHG).  Anthony STAPLEIGH of Twineham married Jane ALLEN at Wadhurst in 1675 (SFHG).
There were 32 STAPLEY births in Wadhurst. 

BONES families came from Mayfield about 1700, with 61 births at Wadhurst. including 4XG-GF John who married Jane DUNK at Wadhurst in 1788, though they moved on to Whatlington and Westfield.

Cousin Thomas BONES farmed 20 acres at Swatlands 1841-1871+.

By coincidence, my GG Uncle George NECKLEN was a night watchman in 1901, living at "Old Lodge" at Wadhurst, and he died in 1920 at Beals Oak cottage at Wadhurst Hall, and was buried at Tidebrook cemetery.

compiled by Neville Thomas amail address in Auckland New Zealand, last updated December 2012