The manor house at Chestham Park was purchased by John Coveney around 1874 and then left to his nephew, Henry Ross, whose widow, Eliza Bird, lived there until her death in 1904.
Chestham Park, Henfield BN5 9AP
The park at Chestham, north of the village of Henfield, was formed about 1825, when the house called Chestham Park was built. In the 19th and early part of the 20th century, the owners or occupiers of these larger houses dominated village society.
Before 1874 it was sold by a member of the WOOD family to James SCOTT; he sold it to John COVENEY, who had devised it before 1876 to his nephew, Henry ROSS.
In 1881 the occupier of "Chestham House" was Henry ROSS, a 41-year old farmer and his wife Eliza. There were no children in the house, and the servants included a butler, cook, parlour maid, housemaid and kitchen maid.
Col. G. A. STEBBING was both owner and occupier of the estate in 1914.
In 1921 he sold it to his brother-in-law Edward HICKS; Mrs HICKS, evidently Edward's widow Ethel, was one of the two chief landowners of the parish in 1930 and 1938.
Her daughters sold the estate in 1945 to the impresario Prince LITTLER (d. 1973), whose widow sold it to Mr. K. G. WAGSTAFF.
I understand from the curator of the museum and writer of “Henfield through the lens of Marjorie BAKER” that the present owner does not open the house to the public or become involved in village life, as had previous owners.
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