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East Sussex Window and House Tax Assessments 1747 by Roger Davey
published by Sussex Record Society in 2006
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Ashburnham 1
Battle 2
Beckley 3
Bexhill 4
Bodiam 5
Brede 6
Brightling 7
Burwash 8
Catsfield 9
Chiddingly 10
Crowhurst 11
Dallington 12
Etchingham 13
Ewhurst 14
Fairlight 15
Fletching 16
East Grinstead 17
Guestling 18
East Guldeford 19
[Hastings] Castle 20
Heathfield 21
Herstmonceux 22
Hollington 23
Hooe 24
Icklesham 25
Iden 26
Lindfield 27
Mayfield 28
Mountfield 29
Ninfield 30
Ore 31
Peasmarsh 32
Penhurst 33
Pett 34
Playden 35
Salehurst 36
Sedlescombe 37
Ticehurst 38
Udimore 39
Wadhurst 40
Waldron 41
Warbleton 42
Wartling 43
Westfield 44
Whatlington 45
Withyham 46



(The Surviving Assessments for 46 parishes)
Edited by Roger Davey
from documents in the East Sussex Record Office.
The text of the transcription is reproduced here by the
Sussex Record Society, 2006


The East Sussex Window and House Tax assessments for 1747 transcribed here were probably preserved for precedent purposes, since there was a new Act of Parliament in that year. No coherent series has otherwise been preserved, though isolated returns survive in the East Sussex Record Office for a few parishes in other years. Those transcribed here are for some 46 parishes in the east and north of the county, as described below.

For a useful brief account of the taxes and their coverage, see Mervyn Medlycott's 'Window and Other Assessed Taxes', pp. 13 and 14 in Land and Window Tax Assessments, by Jeremy Gibson, Mervyn Medlycott and Dennis Mills (Federation of Family History Societies, 1993).

Please note: All houses except those of the poor (cf. Burwash lists) had a flat rate House Tax levied on them of 2s. 0d., which is recorded in different ways (see each parish list for an explanation, or each quarter in the cases of Mayfield and Wadhurst). Houses with less than 10 windows paid no additional tax. All houses having between 10 and 14 windows had Window Tax additionally assessed at 6d. per window in 1747. Those having between 15 and 19 windows were assessed at 1s. 4d. per window, and those with 20 or more windows at 1s. 0d. per window. Tax rates might vary from time to time, and possibly from area to area.

Returns survive for the following parishes:

  1. All parishes in the Rape of Hastings (i.e. the eastern third of East Sussex), except for the parish of Northiam, and for parishes within the liberties of the Cinque Ports. Thus there are also no assessments for parishes within the Borough of Hastings, nor for St. Leonards, Rye, Winchelsea or Broomhill. Parishes which were partly within the liberties (e.g. Bexhill and Icklesham) are probably incomplete here.
  2. Eight parishes within the Rape of Pevensey (Lower Division): Chiddingly, Fletching, East Grinstead, Lindfield, Mayfield, Wadhurst, Waldron, and Withyham.

The arrangement here is alphabetical by parish.

The original records are preserved in two sequences within the East Sussex Record Office, to which application should be made for access or reference: East Sussex Record Office, The Maltings, Castle Precincts, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1YT; tel. 01273-482349; e-mail

No evidence is preserved with the documents here about arrangements for collecting the tax, apart from the names of the assessors and collectors, but it was no doubt done on a 'division' basis, as for the contemporary Land Tax, where the commissioners for the rapes of Sussex (subdivided in some cases) and the Cinque Ports liberties had area jurisdictions. For a fuller discussion of tax collecting arrangements locally, see Roger Davey (ed.), East Sussex Land Tax 1785 (Sussex Record Society, vol.77, 1991), and specifically pp.xvii-xxvii of the Introduction. It would appear that the Land Tax Commissioners dealt also with the Window Tax.

The original work of transcription of the 1747 documents was carried out by members of the Friends of the East Sussex Record Office at winter evening 'workshop' sessions. Considerable thanks is due to them for their painstaking work. The typing was done by Rosemary Muddle.

The originals of these documents may not be reproduced without the permission of the County Archivist, East Sussex Record Office. Permission to publish this transcription is gratefully acknowledged.

Editorial Note:

The information derived from the documents published here has been presented and arranged in a uniform way in columns, for ease of consultation. However, every effort has been made to preserve the evidential value of the originals. Thus all surnames are spelt as they appear (though Christian names are extended), and all incidental comments are included. A number of entries have been crossed through in the originals; they are included here, but with an asterisk (*) to indicate the fact. The one major omission has been the column of the originals, in the cases where it occurs, indicating a 2s. 0d. levy for the House Tax: see the comment above about these. The names of the confirming Justices have also been omitted.

The abbreviations 'jr' and 'sr' are used for 'junior' and 'senior'.

Index -

Abergavenny, The Rt Hon George, Lord17
Ackhurst, John40
Ackhurst, Thomas40
Ackhurst, William40
Adams, John9
Adams, Mr12
Adams, Robert, poor8
Adams, William8
Aderson, Richard42
Ades, Robert36
Ades, Thomas37
Adshed, John3
Adshed, Thomas3
Afins, John4
Akehurst, Edward24
Akehurst, Thomas8
Akhurst, Stephen22
Akhurst, Thomas, Cruches40
Akhurst, Thomas, late Briants40
Akhurst, William22
Albons, Thomas40
Alchorn, Thomas28
Alderton, John36
Alexander, Edward44
Allcock, John43
Allen, George7
Allen, James16
Allen, Thomas, empty8
Allen, Walter2
Allen, William46
Allin, John27
Allwood, Mr Nicholas41
Alphy, Mr38
Alterton, William2
Amos, Thomas42
Andrewes, Robert31
Andrews, John16
Anscomb, William17
Apes, Edward6
Apes, Thomas21
Appes, late, empty40
Apps, Benjamin3
Apps, Charles1
Apps, Edward, cottage38
Apps, Edward, &23
Apps, James40
Apps, John11
Apps, William11
Apsley, Esq and28
Apsley, John, esq41
Arkcoll, Thomas, sr22
Armatage, William, Clarks12
Armtige, John, jr1
Armtige, John, sr1
Arnade, Thomas21
Arnold, John, poor16
Arnold, William16
Asby, John2
Ashburnham, Sir William, bart18
Ashburnham, the Rt Honble the Earl of1
Ashcroft, John1
Ashdown, John41
Ashdown, Nicholas28
Ashdown, Nicholas, for Ashdown's28
Ashdown, Richard22
Ashdown, Thomas44
Ashdown, William41
Ashdown, William, poor28
Ashenden, James2
Ashmore, -2
Aslen, John18
Atkins, Mr John7
Attey, Robert32
Attree, Ann16
Attwood, John7
Attwood, Nicholas42
Attwood, Thomas40
Austen, Martha17
Austen, Mr Clement8
Austen, Richard17
Austen, Thomas8
Austen, William17
Austin, William3
Austin, William, jr3
Avan, John3
Avard, Peter36
Avary, Thomas4
Avery, Anthony22
Avery, Edward43
Avery, John1
Avery, Mr14
Avery, Mr James42
Avery, Mr Samuel42
Avery, Samuel1
Avery, Samuel, for Thomas Summerses1
Avery, William36
Avis, John46
Avis, William46
Awcock, James16
Awcock, John16
Awcock, William16
Axell, Isaac7
Axell, John7
Axell, Richard7
Ayles, William16