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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 -

Fagg, Richard26
Fairall, Thomas37
Fairhall, Edward, poor16
Fairhall, Henry27
Fairhall, John6
Fairhall, John, poor27
Fairhall, Richard17
Fairway, Samuel4
Falconer, Mr Benjamin17
Farley, Henry17
Farmar, Richard24
Farmer, Richard17
Farmer, William27
Farnden, Mrs8
Fenner, Andrew28
Fenner, Thomas28
Ferrers, Mr16
Fetherstone, widow28
Field, Edward38
Field, Richard15
Field, William16
Fielder, John41
Fillcokes, widow4
Filmer, Joseph39
Filpot, John; 32
Finch, John17
Finch, Richard17
Firby, Thomas4
Fisher, John14
Fisher, Mr14
Fisher, Mr John35
Fisher, William3
Fitsall, William25
Fleet, Joseph16
Fleet, Robert16
Fleet, widow16
Fletcher, John17
Flower, Mr, Buckhold12
Flower, Mr, for Spaifords1
Flower, Mr, the Hoards1
Foord, Mr Nicholas22
Foord, Mr William36
for late Glides11
for late Mary Cramps11
Ford, John8
Ford, John, poor16
Ford, Thomas, Woodknowle8
Ford, William16
Forman, Thomas39
Foster, Daniel36
Foster, John, for Mascals house28
Foster, Richard42
Foster, Thomas, his house12
Foster, Thomas, for Redland36
Foster, Thomas, jr8
Foster, Thomas, shoemaker36
Foster, Thomas, sr8
Foster, William6
Foule, Mr40
Foullar, John4
Fox, John8
Fox, Thomas8
Fox, William42
Fr[a]ncis, Mr William40
Frances, John29
Francis, Nicholas17
Franks, William16
Frankwill, Thomas, off4
Frantly, Benjamin43
Freebody, Mr39
Freebody, Mr John8
Freeland, Henry45
Freeland, John3
Freeman, John7
Freeman, Mr Thomas40
Freeman, Richard13
Freeman, Simon, for Mr Downhalls28
Freeman, Thomas7
French, Daniel21
French, Henry26
French, John42
French, John;32
French, Joseph41
French, Mr Jeremiah10
French, Richard10
French, Thomas, poor8
French, William31
French, William,42
Frend, Thomas4
Frewen, Mr Edward36
Friend, Thomas29
Friend, widow, poor30
Frier, Richard18
Fry, John28
Fry, John, smith28
Fry, Thomas, poor28
Fryer, Samuel6
Fuller, James8
Fuller, John8
Fuller, John, Esq7
Fuller, Mr9
Fuller, Mr Stephen7
Fuller, Mrs, for her house28
Fuller, Richard41
Fuller, Robert38
Fuller, Thomas1
Fuller, widow41
Fuller, William32
Funell, Thomas, jr10
Funell, Thomas, sr10
Funell, William10
Funnel, William40
Funnel, William, Halton House8
Funnell, Edward16
Funnell, George16
Funnell, Samuel16
Funnell, Thomas10
Funnell, William16
Furman, William40
Furminger, Samuel6
Furner, Samuel8
Furner, Thomas36
Furner, widow, late Mrs Toke empty8
Furninger, widow6