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Colwood Farmhouse, The Street, Warninglid
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Colwood Farmhouse, The Street, Warninglid

The newly-built Bailiff’s Cottage on the Colwood Estate. Quite what the wooden cages are for I am not sure. I considered dogs, then hens, and eventually settled on cages for the rearing of pheasant poults to release into the woods for the winter shoots. Please can anyone confirm this?
Select Large Version to view a portion of the 1842 Tithe Map. Further details of the map can be found in the comment of 23rd March 2016 below.
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Please, was this the home of Captain Edward Edwards Langford at any point? Thank you.
Added by Lisa Francis (Canada) on 20 March 2016
Edward left the army in 1834 and with his wife, Mary, and family emigrated to the newly-established British Colony of Vancouver Island in about 1851. A few years later it was amalgamated with British Columbia to become a province of Canada.
Before they decided to emigrate, the family moved to Warninglid in about 1834, and the 1841 census finds the family in a property named Firs Lodge. I can find no other reference to a property of this name. However, I note that living in this house on census day were six members of the Langford family and nine others, probably many of whom were servants.
In April 1842 the Tithe Map was prepared and the extent of Edward’s involvement with the village became known. I note that Edward was named as the owner of forty residences or small parcels of land. Most of these were small fields, orchards, etc, but he owned eight residences in total. These comprised Colwood House (picture #258), Southgate Farm, a cottage in Colwood Lane since demolished, and a block of five cottages (picture #268) opposite the Half Moon.
He also owned Mr Walder’s wheelwright’s shop and yard.
All the above were included in the Tithe Map for the Slaugham Parish, but there are clear indications that he also owned land and perhaps property over the border in Bolney Parish, for which I do not have records.
Edward was named as the owner/occupier of both Colwood House and Southgate Farm but I think that it is the first-named residence that housed his family together with the other nine occupants as mentioned above. In the Tithe Map, Colwood House was not named as such, but as simply a “homestead”. I can only assume that it was called Firs Lodge at that time. I have read a report that the house was re-built in 1884, and perhaps that precipitated a change of name. Please can anyone confirm this?
It is certain that Edward did not live in Bailiff’s House above as the Tithe Map indicates otherwise, and also the house would not have been built until many years after he emigrated to Canada.
The location of the Bailiff’s House above is still a mystery and, indeed, perhaps it no longer exists. Please can anyone offer a solution?
Edward and his family returned to England in January 1861 and lived in the London area.
Select Large Version above to view a portion of the 1842 Tithe Map which shows the Warninglid crossroads on the left where Edward’s five “buy-to-let” cottages and wheelwrights shop are located. In the centre of the map is Colwood House (934)(aka Firs Lodge), on the extreme right is Southgate Farm (905), and on the west side of Colwood Lane (centre right) is a “Cottage and garden” (930), all owned by Edward.

Added by Barry Ray on 23 March 2016
Thank you so much for all this information. Barry.
You have been able to confirm many questions that I have had for many years as I have been researching the Langford family. I live in Langford, BC, Canada and have been heavily involved in researching the history of our area Langford/Colwood BC. In 2003 a book was published that touched briefly on Captain Langford and Colwood Farm, one of the HBC company farms. We have the history of the family while they were here but not after they went back to England. I have made it a personal mission to find out what happened to each of the family members and their families. Needless to say with the advent of Ancestry it has been a very successful venture.
Only a few questions remained and what you have contributed helps immensely. Several years back I pinpointed this area of Colwood House and area but was unable to confirm for sure until now.
Again thank you for your time and help with this query. It is very much appreciated!
Warm regards, Lisa Francis.
Added by Lisa Francis (Canada) on 27 March 2016
Does anyone have information on the Lynch family in the 1920s at Colwood - Jane Evelyn Seton Lynch (died 1928), Major Hyacinth Lynch. Also lived at 43 Eaton Place. London.
The huts in the photos are for poults - quail and pheasant mainly. Grandad was a gamekeeper.
Added by Sue Jones on 18 April 2017
Sue, I have searched various records in the archives but can find no mention of the Lynch family in Warninglid.
Jane (1868-1928) and Hyacinth (1858-1947) married in 1920 in the Cuckfield registration district which includes Warninglid, and I can find no children. Perhaps your grandmother was Augusta, who died in 1911 when married to Hyacinth.
I assume it is during the period 1920 to 1928 that you are suggesting that your grandfather, Hyacinth, was a gamekeeper on the Colwood estate, perhaps living in the house above.
The 1921 census should be issued in about four years’ time and perhaps that will supply the information you seek.

Added by Barry Ray on 19 April 2017
Many thanks, this does help.
The Lynch family are not related to me. They owned a car which i am researching.
My grandfather, Perry. was a gamekeeper on the Wills (tobacco) estate.

Added by Sue Jones on 19 April 2017
For those interested in Hyacinth Lynch you should know that he was the commander of the 50-man detachment from the Royal Berks detailed along with 70 Sherwood Foresters for security duty at the evictions on the Vandeleur Estate, Kilrush, County Clare, Ireland in July 1888.
I know this from a contemporary newspaper account.
Added by Ed O'Shaughnessy (USA) on 16 July 2017
Major Hyacinth Lynch (1858-1947; 2nd and 66th Battalions Royal Berkshire Regiment) married, as her second husband, Augusta Eliza Royds, née Lemonius (1848-1911) in 1898.
He married secondly Jane Evylyn Seton SNU "late of Colwood, Warninglid" (d 1928 - see London Gazette 4 Jan 1929). He had no children.
He was severely wounded at the battle of Maiwand (1880) in Afghanistan and one of the very few survivors of that battle.
It is said that in his old age he started to suffer from dementia and whilst living at his home in Pont Street, London his housekeeper stole all his money and belongings. His sister was horrified to find him lying under a bundle of rags in the cellar when she visited and removed him to a rest home where he spent the last of his days.
He is buried at the Highland Road Cemetery, Portsmouth.
Added by Simon Ricketts on 13 November 2017
When I uploaded this picture to the website six years ago, I did not know where this house was located as the name The Bailiff's Cottage did not appear on any of the maps in my possession.
I now understand that it is now known as Colwood Farmhouse, located at the top of Rifleman Hill. There is a date of 1897 high up on one of the walls; presumably the year in which it was built.
The correct name has been added to the title above.
Added by Barry Ray on 12 August 2018
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