Silverhill Farm

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Silver Hill Farm (also known for a period in the C18th as High Ridge Farm, but doubtless renamed to avoid confusion), enclosed Old Roar as part of its holdings. The farm was mentioned by an 1825 deed whereby the farm was transferred from William Lucas Shadwell to Henry Jackson. The farm is also shown on Diplock's 1827 map. Subsequently, the farm was purchased by Sir Howard Elphinstone with John Standen as a tenant in 1836, then sold to Francis Smith in 1842 and by Smith's trustees to George Clement in 1859. The farm then became enfranchised by the Duke of Cleveland in 1864[1].

Field Names[edit]

Map of Silverhill Farm showing field names by J. Manwaring Baines
  • Acre Field
  • Cockrow Wood
  • Chillington
  • Corner Brook
  • Cow Grass Field
  • Gill Field
  • High Field
  • Lower Field
  • Orchard Field
  • Orchard Field
  • Pear Tree Field
  • Quarry Field
  • Petty Croft
  • Rocky Field
  • Sheep Wash Wood
  • Sheep Field
  • Ten Acres
  • The Wood

Baines' Notes on Early History[edit]

FARM Castle Parish

Early history from Poor Rate assessments[2]

1673-1683 Anthony Fuller £50 John Waller, owner
1684 Thomas Atkin 48
1686-1687 John Waller 48
1689 Mr Richard Waller or heirs of John Waller, gent. £43
1690-1695 John Crisford 40 in 1695 Weeks late Waller
1697-1706 John Blackman 43 in 1706 Mrs Weecks
1700-1729 William Sinnock 43-48 1707, Mr Dynes; 1709 Mrs Dynes;1713

Mr Dynes; 1719 Mr Colliers

1730-1738 Richard Sinnock 48
1739-1755 John Young 48
1673-1676 John Lunsford, gent 12
1677-1697 Robert Lunsford 12-10-8 reducing
1698-1700 John Grayling 10
1701-1702 William Grayling 10-12
1703 Mrs Bayley 12
1704-1710 Thomas Neall 15
1711 Mr Waller 15
1712-1715 Thomas Bunce 15
1716-1717 James Easton 15
1718-1720 Mr Cruttenden 15
1721-1722 Edward Dungate 15
1723-1726 John Baker 14 + 1 for John Glide's house
1727-1733 Mr Cruttenden 14 + 1 .."..
1734 Thomas (?)Goland
1735-1739 William Humphreys 15
1740-1745 Thomas Deudney 15
1746-1755 John Young 15
The two properties continued to be held together, 48 + 15, later in 1755 53 + 18, from 1776 as 71
1756-1795 John Standen 1755 ‘for J. Colliers'
1796-1798 Henry Jackson 1795 his own
1799-1840 Thomas Standen Henry Jackson owner
1841- George Clement

References[edit]

  1. Hastings & St Leonards Observer 29 July 1939 pg. 3
  2. Histories of Hastings' Houses and Properties in three volumes: J. Manwaring Baines - Hastings Museum and Art Gallery