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After the mobile library service closed down, members of the Dallington Old School village hall committee decided to start up a weekly community library cafe to fill the gap. (You can read more about this here

Photo of 1921 loans book

A little while later, when clearing out a cupboard in the Snooker Room which had been badly affected by damp in the past due to an old leak in the ceiling, we found a small collection of books almost entirely covered in mould and some of which had also been nibbled by mice (or very large bookworms). We knew that the hall had once served as a Reading Room, and were delighted to find a small note book which had clearly been used to record book loans in 1921. I took it home to try to clean it up – a few days in the freezer to kill the mould spores, and a careful wipe with a cloth, and I was able to photograph all the pages to enable us to do some further research.

I was intending to give a talk for the Local History society about what I’d found out about the regular borrowers and what they were reading in 1921, but that was cancelled due to Covid. So as part of this year’s National Village Halls Week, which is celebrating 100 years of village halls, I thought I’d post a very short introduction to the Reading Room and what our forebears were reading 100 years ago. You can read it here

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Christopher Guy Tristram

Photograph shows preface to privately printed book "Letters from Christopher

For the first History Group meeting of 2020, Roy Iremonger spoke about the short life of Christopher Guy Tristram (1925-1943), his parents’ strong spiritualist beliefs and the private publication of letters supposedly dictated via ‘automatic writing’ to his mother from beyond the grave.

At the outbreak of war the family were living at Cox’s Mill, Dallington. His father was Major Guy Tristram R.A. and his mother, Ruth Marie Tristram a botanical illustrator. Christopher and his younger brother were sent to stay with an uncle in America, but after the uncle died, Christopher, now old enough to enlist, decided to return. He was drowned when the ship he was travelling on was sunk by German U-boats.

Roy offered a sympathetic account of the attraction of spiritualist beliefs to the bereaved parents, and set these within the context of the period following the First World War, when surprising numbers of people, including scientists, writers such as Arthur Conan Doyle, and even Air Force Marshall Lord Dowding (a friend of the family who wrote the foreword to “Letters from Christopher”) shared these beliefs.

You can read Roy’s notes with more information in this online document:



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PC Henderson

Here are some photographs of PC Angus Henderson and his family, kindly shared with us by one of his descendants. Angus Henderson was born in Scotland in 1873, but by 1898 was in Sussex, when he married Harriett Sherlock in Heathfield. They were in Rye at the time of the 1901 census, Chiddingly in 1911, with a growing family, and seems to have been based at the Police House (now Graylings) at Woods Corner, Dallington by 1915.

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Mr Peploe

Old photo

Photo of schoolchildren with Mr Peploe c.1910

Roy Iremonger gave the first History Group talk of the year, on the subject of Mr Peploe, the headmaster of Dallington School for many years. As usual, Roy was entertaining and informative.

William James Peploe was born 1859 in Stourbridge, Worcestershire and went to school in Wolverhampton where he became a pupil/teacher. In 1884, he and his sister Marianne came to Dallington in 1884 where both were to remain for the rest of their lives. Many years later he wrote his memoirs, from which Karen Bryant-Mole drew (in her book “Dallington, Six Miles from Everywhere”) for this description of their first 24 hours:

“He and his sister lodged with a Miss Gosling, although he did not say which Miss Gosling. He found his hostess and her home cold and inhospitable. Miss Gosling was a pious woman, with an unwelcoming demeanour and a fondness for lengthy prayers. When Mr Peploe and his sister came downstairs on their first evening Miss Gosling pronounced grace in a sepulchral voice, before showing them into a sitting room warmed by a fire containing a single stick of wood. At about 9pm a tray containing two bits of bread and cheese, two glasses and a bottle of water were brought in and the guests were gravely informed that supper was ready.” Mr Peploe was later to recall: ‘The thought of it makes me shudder to this day.’ They attended church the next morning. They were stared at as if they were “a pair of menagerie animals.” No one came forward to greet them or welcome them.  After a dinner of cold beef and cold potatoes they attended the afternoon service when, again, no one spoke to them. Mr Peploe described these first 24 hours as the most miserable of his life.”

Fortunately things seemed to have improved after that, and Mr Peploe went on to serve as head teacher at Dallington from 1884 until 1923 during which time he never took a day off with sickness. For most of that period, the School was located in what is now the village hall (though still known as the Old School) and it is hard to imagine the building having 78 children in the mixed department and 21 infant children in the adjoining room. A new school was eventually built further up The Street, opening  in January 1914 and Mr Peploe remained as head until his retirement in 1923. On his retirement he received a gold watch from his sporting friends; a gold chain from his school children and £61 from the parishioners. He died in October 1931.  He appears to have been a much admired if opinionated and sometimes interfering figure in the village life. You can find much more information and quotations from Mr Peploe and local residents and newpaper articles in Roy’s notes for the talk, which he has kindly allowed me to share here. Iremonger Mr Peploe talk March 2018


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September 24, 2010  Harold Trill posted Hello Douglas. The Dallington Churchyard has two rows of Trills buried there plus others in the cemetery. I was at Dallington Tuesday 21st September with cousins and we wish to try and identify whom is buried where as the tombstones have deteriorated rapidly since I discovered my ancestors here.I may have met you some ten? years ago when I first visited and some one had just taken over the rather difficult task of working out the previous numbered graves. The gentleman I met was most helpful at the time. I hope to visit again around the 5th October 2010. Anything we can do to assist in getting the leaning stone secured in upright? Elizabeth Trill,leaning stone ,lived in THRUMS in the Street Do hope to hear from you. Regards, Harold Trill

  • September 4, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Helen “Hi, Go to the 3 cups pub at 3 cups cormer and you will find a man’s stone face in the entrance – a TRILL and also photos inside showing that the pub used to be owned by TRILL family. These are my father’s ancestors. Howard Trill.
  • December 4, 2013 at 8:41 am John Black Hello Harold Trill,
    This Man was my Great Grandfather on my mother’s side, perhaps we could contact each other if you want further information.

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 September 11, 2011  Ann wrote “Very pleased to find your w eb site Stanley Stonestreet was my uncle I have his citation etc am interested in finding a good home for this etc interested in finding a contact not too good on the computer help Ann”
September 24, 2011  Ann “interested in the Stonestreets of Palmers Cottage South Street Dallington”

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November 7, 2012  Brian Gould wrote: ” I wonder if anyone could help. My ancestor Harriet Blanche Smith married a Burgess (christian name not known) and they ran a livery stable or racehorse breeding establishment in Dallington in the 1940’s. My GG Uncle Walter Smith, Harriets father, was visiting in 1945 when he died and his body returned to his home at Sarisbury for burial.  We are trying to establish what sort of business he ran and if anyone remembers them”

  • December 4, 2012 Brian Gould “re my inquiry regarding Blanche Burgess, I have found more info. From the 1911 census Blanche Smith married Arthur James Burgess, a grocers assistant. They were living with / visiting his parents James Henry Burgess, a Gardener, and Elizabeth Caroline (nee Thompson) and his sister Beatrice May Burgess, an assistant teacher, in The Street, Dallington. They had a daughter Edith Ellen May Burgess, 7 months old. “

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 Jo Vigor-Mungovin  wrote: “Hi. I am researching my family tree and found my 10th Grt grandfather is James Jacobus Vigor born in Dallington. Are there any Vigors left in your village.? He was a Yeoman. Can anyone tell me what a Yeoman did in 1560 ?”

  • April 28, 2013 Graham Vigor replied:  Hi Jo. I’m likewise researching my family tree and James Jacobus Vigor is also my 10th Great Grandfather. I’m trying to go back further but am struggling. I believe he was born in 1550 in Dallington and married Jone Cheseman in Bexhill on 6 Sept 1579. He was buried on 25 April 1606 in Dallington.They had a son Thomas Vigor (direct line) but I do not know if they had any other children. You may know this already. I would be grateful if you have any info you would be willing to share. Likewise I would be happy to share any of the info I have found. Look forward to hearing from you. Email address is Regards Graham”
  • January 18, 2017  Walter Vigar ( from Malta) replied “Thomas Vigor is my 10th great grandfather born in 1580 died 1660 married to Maria Cruddocke in 6th Nov. 1606”

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 January 4, 2013 Gregory Enoch Padgham wrote:
“Hello all, I left a message on the village local history page, but thought it might be more useful to comment here as well. I am looking for any information you might have regarding nearby Padgham Lane, Padgham Farm, Padgham Corner, etc.Thank you.”

  • Pauline Ridley replied January 4, 2013:
    “I hope someone here will be able to help you – but it doesn’t get much traffic so I will ask around locally. What kinds of information, and for which years, are you particularly interested in? If you don’t already know it, the book “Six miles from everywhere” may be helpful”
  • January 18, 2013 Gregory Enoch Padgham
    Thank you for responding to my inquiry. I am interested to know if anyone has any information regarding whether any persons by the name of Padgham still live on Padgham Lane, or in Dallington, as well as whether anyone knows how the lane came to acquire the name Padgham. I assume it may be the fact that there is a farm by the name of Padgham on the lane. I will also look to “Six Miles From Everywhere”.
  • January 19, 2013  pauline ridley:
    The lane was originally called Blue Kiln Lane (reference to a brick kiln that existed in the 18th century) but is now generally known as Padgham Lane after Padgham Farm – there are now several separate dwellings with this name at this location. The farm is referred to as Padgham Farm or just Padgham at least as far back as 1794, and originally formed part of the Herrings estate which seems to have passed to the Ashburnham estate early in the 19th century. If you go to the National Archives website and search for Padgham you’ll find various references to tenancy agreements etc ( the actual documents are held at East Sussex Record office in Lewes [Update 2018 now moved to The Keep]).It may originally have been named for a family but if so they don’t appear to have lived in the village for at least 200 years. Most Padghams in the 1841-1911 census records come from Kent or the Kent Sussex borders – though Adelaide Jane Guest born in Dallington married James Padgham in Tonbridge in 1866, the family didn’t live here. The occupants of Padgham in this period are Wilmshurst(1841), Bishopp (1851), Wrenn (1861-81) and Burgess (1891-1911). Hope some of this is useful to you Best wishes Pauline”
  • Gregory Padgham: “Pauline, Your information was most helpful. My wife, daughter and I will make sure to come to Dallington when we visit England in a year or two. Padgham is a relatively rare name-most spellings differ from that exact spelling. I have family in England and will have to contact them to see what they know about Dallington. Thank you very much.Greg”
  • September 2016 Nigel Draper “Hi Pauline, I’m interested to see that you have Blue Kiln Lane as an earlier name for Padgham Lane. My father told me that the section of South Lane running from Cinder Hill Cottage to Downs Farm (and so past where my parents lived at Saltley Farm) was correctly called Blue Cow Lane which in turn was a corruption of Blue Kiln Lane. I believe he only learned this during their later years in Dallington and I don’t know the source or its accuracy.”



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Forwarded message from Gwenda Baker September 3, 2013
George Baker, b.1787 Dallington
“I believe my 2xGreat Grandfather was the above George Baker. There is a baptism at Dallington Church on 2nd September 1787 – parents Thomas Baker & Mary. There are others between 1785 – 1795 at Wartling and Herstmonceux, giving the same names as parents. Do you have access to the abode of Thomas in 1787? George’s son James lived at Bemsalls, Bodle Street, and later farmed at Mayfield and Ticehurst. His sons Tom and Charles went to Carricks Farm and Haselden. The family would be very interested to know that Charles was returning to his Grandfather’s area.
Perhaps there is a record of the burial of Thomas and Mary (Colbran) too. I would appreciate you help so much. Having recently found my second cousins in your area, I have made several visits, and hope to be in Dallington again around the 12th and 13th of this month.”

  • February 1, 2014 Margaret Brook replied:
    “My 2x Great Grandfather was Reuben Baker, b1794 Dallington. Parents were Samuel Baker and Mary Edwards (Tree on I’m keen to find links with Samuel and Mary. Reuben’s son Levi, b 1827 Warbleton lived in Gardner Street, Herstmonceux (Praise the Lord Cottage). He married Jane Page and later, Harriett Fulbrook. He was a carrier and farmer.
  • February 8, 2014  Kim Baker replied:
    “Margaret, Reuben Baker was my 3x Great Grandfather. I’m in the line of Levi->George Levi->Evelyn Levi who moved to Canada. George Levi Baker and his wife Sarah Ann Brook are my Great Grandparents. Feel free to contact me at the address below. [Editor: email address now removed]  I’d love to learn more about my heritage and happy to share what I know.
  • Margaret Brook “Thank you for your response, Kim. I have emailed your address. Thank you Dallington History Website! This is a connection that I never expected to make so I’m delighted! Thank you for all your hard work with the website; I’m sure there’s a lot of dedication involved. I’m glad I made a return visit to see if ‘that book’ is still availbable. (It’s on my To Do List!)”
  • February 8, 2014 Editor: “Glad it’s helped you make contact with each other! I’m hoping to get some time this year to update and reorganise the materials to make it easier for people to use, so do let me know what you’d like to see here.”


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