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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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