Balcombe, West Sussex, England
Naylands in Balcombe
|The picture at the right is
that of Naylands in Balcombe, West Sussex. It's a modern day
working farm once occupied by 16th century Culpepers. The
first Culpeper there was George9wk (abt.
1490-1543), grandson of Walter Culpeper7b of
Goudhurst, Bayhall and Hardreshull, a direct ancestor of the
The drawing at the lower right illustrates the appearance
of Naylands in the 19th century. The old multiple chimneys that are apparent in the
hundred year old drawing are still visible today.
The Culpeper owners of Naylands in Balcombe
|George Culpeper9wk of Naylands (abt.
1490-1543), son of
Nicholas Culpeper8wk of Wakehurst, son of Walter
Culpeper7b of Goudhurst, Bayhall and
|William Culpeper10wk of Worth (abt.
1528-1568), son of
George Culpeper9wk of Naylands.|
|George Culpeper11wk of Naylands (abt.
1552-1623), son of
William Culpeper10wk of Worth.|
of Naylands (1531-1602), who purchased Naylands from his second cousin, George
Culpeper11wk of Naylands. Thomas was the son
of John Culpeper10wk of Wakehurst, son of
Richard Culpeper9wk of Wakehurst, son of
Nicholas Culpeper8wk of Wakehurst.)||
Naylands in Balcombe, March 2000
Photo taken by Warren Culpepper
Naylands in Balcombe, 19th Century
Naylands Location: On Haywards Heath Road, about 1
mile SE of Balcombe
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Mary's Church at Balcombe
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Church was not visited, and further research is needed to see if there are any Culpeper
memorials in this church where at least two Culpepers were known
to have been married and one
Alice Culpeper, daughter of George9wk,
married George Nynne in 1554
Alice Culpeper, wife of George9wk,
was buried at St. Mary's in 1574.
Richard Culpeper10wk of
son of George9wk, married Barbara Milles, 30 May
The rural parish of Balcombe is noted for its
beautiful woods and scenic waters of lake, millpond and reservoir.
The mainly dairy farms are as well tended as the forested areas. A
network of footpaths enables the visitor to enjoy the parish,
particularly beautiful in spring and autumn.
The village centre, with buildings from various
centuries, has shops, Post Office, Tea-rooms and a pub. A
substantially built Village Hall and Social Club, provide a focus
for many activities. The Hall has interesting murals on the theme
of War and Peace, painted in fresco technique, just after the 1st
World War. 55 'Listed Buildings' in Balcombe, include the Parish
Church of St. Mary, with its 15th Century tower and many timber
framed buildings. Fine stone and later brick houses and the famous
Balcombe Viaduct also merit inclusion.
Sussex County Council Web Site
Ball was a celtic word for a ball, and by extension the sun. Combe
is the english corruption of the welsh word Cwm which means
valley. Thus Balcombe is literally "sun Valley". Another version
says Bal means village (as it does in Bailliwick), so it is a
"Village i na Valley" Finally another person claims Bal is a
corruption of the french belle, so it is a "Beautiful Valley". One
way or the other it is a pleasing image. My ancestor left Balcombe
about 1660, thence to America, thence to Nova Scotia, thence to
British Columbia, where I now live. (Etymology and photograph from
BALCOMB, a parish in the hundred of BUTTINGHILL, rape of LEWES,
county of SUSSEX, 4½ miles N from Cuckfield, containing 606
inhabitants. The church is dedicated to St. Mary.
On the B-2036, 30 miles WSW of Goudhurst, and 8 miles SSE of London's Gatwick
National Grid Coordinates: TQ
Also See: Wakehurst Place
02 Jan 2015