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St Thomas’ Cottages: 1825-2024
St Thomas' Cottages, c1915
St Thomas' Cottages, c1915
1825T Wisdom1841
1911M Payne1911
1933E Hoather1970
1970Glynde Estate?
1851Richard Wisdom1851
1901M Roser, H Ide & C Beck1901
1911E Durrant, H Ide & E Fuller1911

The houses now called St Thomas’ Cottages were built on part of the plot that went with the house now named Harveys, bought by John Tugwell in 1763. The house was lot 5 of the freehold property in Glynde sold in five lots at auction by Mr Fisher at the Bear Inn, Cliffe, on Tuesday 8 May 1825, at four o’clock in the afternoon. Lot 5 was described as ‘a piece of excellent Garden Ground adjoining lot 1 [Harveys], and containing about 51 feet in front and 150 feet in depth, with the buildings thereon. The purchaser of this lot is at his own expense to put up a pale fence between the same and lot 1. Immediate possession may be had’. The plot was bought by Thomas Soloman Wisdom of Glynde, carpenter, who erected a row of three cottages. Although no building details are known to survive a pair of cottages were apparently built together and a third cottage was added to the northern end, all in a distinct and matching check pattern of red brick with grey headers.

Thomas Wisdom committed suicide by drowning himself in Glynde Reach in 1841. It was ten years later before his trustees sold the three cottages by auction on 22 July 1851.

On the 1901 census Mary A Roser, widow, aged 71, born in Lewes, and her son Arthur Roser, single, 41, an agricultural labourer, also born in Lewes, were probably living in number 1; Harry Ide, single, 41, a dairyman, born in Glynde, and Ann Richardson, widow, 71, his housekeeper, born in Hellingly, were in number 2; and Charles Beck, widower, 66, retired labourer, born in Glynde, his unmarried son Richard Beck, 34, cattleman on a farm, born in Glynde, Charles’ unmarried sister Ann Beck, 69, living on her own means, and Charles’ unmarried niece Florence Beck, 24, born in Burgess Hill, wee living at number 3.

In 1911 the three cottages were owned by Miss M Payne, 434 Old London Road, Hastings, and occupied by Ernest Durrant, Henry Ide and Ernest Fuller.

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