Woodmancote: Charity for the poor

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A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 6 Part 3, Bramber Rape (North-Eastern Part) Including Crawley New Town. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1987.

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Thomas Beard of Wick Farmhouse by will dated 1667 left £200 for the benefit of the poor of Woodmancote and Albourne, to which £27 was added by the parish officers of both places. (fn. 1) In 1704 lands were bought at Mock bridge in Henfield. (fn. 2) The clear annual income to each parish in the 1780s was £4 2s. 9½d. (fn. 3) In 1808 the land was sold and the money invested. The income was distributed in sums of between 2s. 6d. and 6s. in 1837, (fn. 4) and in the 1860s £20 4s. 4d. was divided equally between the parishes, to Woodmancote in fuel and to Albourne in money. (fn. 5) In 1964 Albourne received £8 8s. 4d. a year. (fn. 6) Distribution in Woodmancote in 1984 was still in kind. (fn. 7)


  • 1. 30th Rep. Com. Char. 644-5; Wiston Archives, i, p. 279.
  • 2. E.S.R.O., SAS/N 528 (TS. cat.); W.S.R.O., S.A.S. MS. OR 230 (TS. cat.).
  • 3. Char. Don. H.C. 511 (1816), xvi (2).
  • 4. 30th Rep. Com. Char. 645.
  • 5. Char. Digest Suss. H.C. 433 (20) (1867-8), lii (2).
  • 6. Char. Com. files.
  • 7. Inf. from Mrs. M. Else, Wick Fmho.