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HAMSEY OFFHAM
1.
5206
Coombe Place
TQ 31 SE 9/178 17.3.52.
II*

2.
The farmhouse on this site was rebuilt by Richard Bridger in 1657, and part
of the interior of the present mansion dates from that period. But it was
refaced by Sir John Bridger in 1730. Two storeys, attic and basement.
The main front faces east. Seven windows. It consists of a centre portion
of 3 windows and projecting wings of 2 windows each flanked by stone pilasters.
It is faced with squared knapped flints. Stone cornice. Flint parapet.
Slate roof. Windows in stone architrave surrounds with keystones over and
glazing bars intact. Central doorway in stone architrave surround with pediment
over.
The north front is faced with flints, red brick and grey headers, all once
painted. It has 7 windows some of them dummies. In the centre is a bay of
3 windows on all floors with a pediment over behind the parapet containing
a round-headed window.
The south front is stuccoed. The ground floor has a colonnade of 5 round-headed
arches containing a porch and the entrance to the basement.
The interior has some C17 features and C18 ceilings, fireplaces and main staircase.
(Article in the Sussex County Magazine, Vol 2 p 386).



A George III silver two-handled tray,
by Timothy Renou, London 1797,
oval form, gadroon border and handles, engraved decoration, the centre with an armorial within a ribbon tied cartouche, length handle to handle 53.3cm, approx. weight 50oz.

The arms are engraved for the marriage of George Shiffner, (1762-1842), so of the MP for Minehead and grandson of the Governor of Bengal, to Mary Bridger, an heiress to a Sussex estate. George Shiffner was created a baronet in 1818, evidently succeeding to his wife's estate at Combe, Sussex.
Estimate: £1,000-1,500
Hammer Price: £1,250

Account of a journey to Paris via Dieppe and Rouen by Henry Shiffner in 1815.

Henry Shiffner (1789-1759) was a captain in the Royal Navy and succeeded to the family estates based at Coombe Place, East Sussex, in 1842. On 10 August he embarked on a packet boat from Brighton bound for Dieppe, which he found to be “small but tolerably comfortable, her main Cabin fitted for Passengers”.  On arriving at Dieppe he and his companions found lodgings at the Hotel de Londres, which had been recommended to him, but which was “miserably bad and dirty” and he “experienced much difficulty in getting any thing for Breakfast”.  This first impression seems to have coloured his judgement of the town as a whole, which he describes as “miserably poor, houses dirty and irregular with a great number of beggars”. He seems to have been relieved to have hired a diligence (stagecoach) and as he travelled onwards his mood and his view of his surroundings improved.

1815 Trip Advisor report by Henry Shiffner
The giant Redwoods pictured above were planted on the Coombe estate by the second Baronet.
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       Coombe Place was sold in 1952 to Mr R.N. CANNON

  

   Land tax assessments [2]

   <1780-1790
  

   the assessment attributable to Coombe Place descended from £53 to £46 [2]

   1791-1832+
  

   in 1791 the assessment attributable to Coombe Place descended to £34 10, and to £37 10 in 1793 [2

   Owners

   <1270-1270
  
   Matthew
  
   de la Cumbe
  
   his estate passed by final concord to Ralph de Radmeld in 1270; Richard de la Cumbe put forward his claim [19]

   1270-1279+

   Ralph
   de Radmeld
  
   his acquisition of an estate in Hamsey from Matthew de la Cumbe in 1270 can probably be seen as the core of the Coombe Estate; in 1279 party to a final concord by which he acquired an estate called Thornwell [19]

   <1300-1300+
  

   John
   de Radmeld
  
   held Coombe of Geoffrey de Say by half a knight’s fee [12]

   <1322-1322+
  

   William
   de Radmeld
   son of John [12]
   <1534-1548+
  

   Richard
   Cook
  
   gent
  

   listed in scot of 1537 for 15 acres and 11 acres that Peter Sander occupies [28]; between 1539 and 1548 he is listed as the tenant of a manor of Southover tenement, quitrent 8d, ‘part of The Coombe in Offham’, as Richard Cook of the Isle of Wight [26, 27]; this family owned extensive property in Goring, Rustington and Littlehampton [31]

   <1560-1560
  
   John
   Cook
  
   gent
  
   with Richard Lee, sold to WC and JC in 1560 [12]

   1560-1561+
  

   John
    Comber
   of Shermanbury, son of William Comber; they purchased 1560, final concord 1561, to him and the heirs of William Comber; as John Comber the elder he was still alive in 1595, when he received from his son WC an annuity of £20 charged on the manor [12[], and in 1598 when he sold it to Thomas Pelland, the father of the purchaser of Coombe, for £300 [9]; for the Comber family, see [13]

   <1593-1597

   William
   Comber 

   gent
   of Shermanbury, son of John Comber; MP for Bramber 1596; in 1593 WC and his wife Martha sold parts of the manor to Samuel Norden clerk, Thomas Coulstock late of Hamsey, yeoman, and John Stafford the younger of Hamsey [9]; in 1597 William and Martha Comber sold it for £973 6s 8d to John Pelland, with warranty against WC’s father JC and grandfather WC [12]

   1597-1605
   John
   Pelland
 
   yeo
   of Lewes in 1597 [12]; of Kingston, and his sons John and Edward of Hamsey, in 1600 [4]; buried at Hamsey in 1604; his will of 1603 excepts the manor of Coombe; in 1605 he and his mother Tamsin Pelland of Hamsey, widow of Thomas Pelland, conveyed the manor for £1300 to TS, subject to an annuity of £12 to John Cobby of Southover, gent [12]

   1605-1633
  

   Tuppen 
   Scrase
   esq
  

   (1583-1633) son of Richard Scrase of Blatchington and Juliana daughter of John Tuppen of Brighton; of Magdalen Hall, Oxford, and the Inner Temple [13]; of West Blatchington, gent, when he purchased 1605 [12]; overseer of Hamsey 1614; of Hamsey, gent, in 1616 when he purchased land from Samuel Norden, subject to a lease to Sackville Porter, gent; to his son RS [9]; between 1629 and 1634 he and his son Richard Scrase mortgaged the estate to Simon Stone of the Middle Temple, which in 1639 gave rise to litigation in Chancery which has not been followed up [9]; of Blatchington at his death, when his son Richard Scrase renounced administration of his estate [4]; buried at Preston 9 Dec 1633 [13]

   1633-1634
  

   Richard
   Scrase
   esq
   (1609-1634); of Blatchington in 1616; on 19 Mar 1634 he sold for £1125 to JR, who by another deed of the same date paid £1300 to the mortgagee Simon Stone in discharge of his interest [9]; buried at Preston, 9 July 1634 [13] in July 1634 his brother William entered a caveat in the archdeaconry court [4]

   1634-1641
   James
   Rivers
   esq
  

   (1603-1641), son of John Rivers of Chafford in Kent, bt, whom he pre-deceased [13]; purchased for £2425 (£1300 to the mortgagee Simon Stone, £1125 to Richard Scrase) in 1634, and mortgaged back to Scrase for £1125; this mortgage was assigned by Edward Blaker of Buckingham in Shoreham, son and executor of Edward Blaker, to Henry Scrase of Shoreham in 1654 [9]; MP for Lewes 1641; died 8 June 1641 and buried at St Bartholomew the Great, London; widow Charity (1602-1655) daughter of Sir John Shurley of Isfield, buried at Hamsey; the estate descended to their son Thomas Rivers [13]

   the copyhold descent lagged behind events: JR’s death was presented 1658, heriot a horse; customary heir is youngest son James Rivers; he was admitted by attorney Charles Goodwyn in 1667, and despite the sale to Richard Bridger in 1658 did not surrender his interest to Walter Bridger until 1672 [3];

   1641-1657
   Thomas
   Rivers
    bt
  

   (c1630-1657) MP for Sussex 1655 and 1656 [13]; on 13 Feb 1658 his executors (Nizell Rivers of Combe, George Courthope of Ticehurst and William Dike the younger of Frant) contracted to sell to Richard Bridger for £2400, subject to the mortgage of 1634 [9]

   1658-1699
   Richard
   Bridger
    esq
  

   (1620-1699) of Ashurst and Coombe, brother of John Bridger of Westerham, who had married Mary, sister of Sir Thomas Rivers, the previous owner [9]; MP for Lewes 1679-1694, colonel in the militia; with the aid of a mortgage for £2000 from his father-in-law Walter Burrell of Ockenden in Cuckfield, esq, purchased for £3100 in 1658, of which £700 was paid to Edward Blaker and Henry Scrase in discharge of the mortgage of 1634 [13]; £1000 of Burrell mortgage paid off in 1658, £500 in 1662 [9]; in 1672 RB was admitted to copyholds as guardian of his eldest son Walter Bridger (d1689) [3]; by his will of 1689 bequeathed his estate to his son RB, and structed his son Henry Bridger (who in 1690 had been admitted to the copyholds to which his brother Walter had been admitted in 1672) to surrender to RB [3]; buried at Warminghurst

   1699-1729
   Richard
   Bridger
    esq
   of Coombe in Hamsey; admitted to copyholds in 1701; death presented 1736 for M505/56-57, heriots two oxen; only son JB; also M505/81-87 qv [3]; buried at Hamsey 28 Feb 1729 [21]

   1729-1765
   John
     Bridger
   esq
     (1703-1784); entered New College Oxford 1722; made major additions to Coombe in 1733-35 [22]; admitted to copyholds 1736 [3]; partner in ‘the Lewes Merchants’, part-owner of a 100-ton brig The Coom, at Shoreham in 1753 [17]; insolvent in 1758 when he settled with his creditors at 10s 0d in the £ [17]; perhaps absconded in 1762 when his daughter made a catalogue of his book ‘left in his study at Coombe’ 12 Aug 1762 [14]; list in 1765 he surrendered M505/23, 56-58 to his son JB [3]; local creditors paid by his son Sir John Bridger in 1767; retired to Wimbledon in 1765 [14]; will proved in PCC in 1784 [15]

   1765-1816
   John
   Bridger
   kt
  

   of Combe in Hamsey; for life, in trust according to the settlement on his marriage with Rebecca Eliot of St George Hanover Square, spinster; JB described as of Wellingham in Ringmer, late of Combe, 20 Feb 1765; death presented 1817, heir is only daughter MS [3]; and Tax returns treat George Shiffner as the owner from 1791 [1]

   1816-1842
   George
   Shiffner
    bt
  (1762-1842), son of Henry Shiffner of Pontrilas; owned Coombe in the right of his wife Mary, daughter of John Bridger [3]; Land Tax returns treat George Shiffner as the owner from 1791 [1]; MP for Lewes 1812-1826; baronet 1818; died 1842

   1842-1857
   Henry
   Shiffner
   bt
   (1789-1859), vice-admiral, RN; married 1825, died without issue, when the estate and baronetcy passed to his brother George
1857-1863
     George
   Shiffner
     bt and clerk
     (1791-1863); rector of Lewes St Anne and Hamsey 1818-1848, a new parsonage built for him in 1820 (see P125/46); canon of Chichester and, from 1848, vicar of Amport in Hamsphire; on his death in 1863 the estate descended to his son GCS
1863-1906
    George Croxton
     Shiffner
     bt and clerk
     (1819-1906); rector of Hamsey 1848-1906, rural dean of Lewes 1867, died 1906; estate descended to his son JS
1906-1914
     John
     Shiffner
   bt
   (1857-1914); Royal Artillery; ‘accidentally shot whilst cleaning guns at Bevern Bridge’ in 1914 [25]
1914-1918
   John Bridger
   Shiffner
   bt
     (1899-1918); killed in action at Gricourt, 24 Sep 1918; estate descended to his brother HBS
1918-1941
   Henry Burrows
   Shiffner
     bt
     (1901-1941); killed in action at Tobruk 22 Nov 1941; estate descended to his son HDS
1941-1952
     Henry David
     Shiffner
   bt
  

   (1930-2007+); Coombe Place sold by the trustees of the estate in 1952
1952-1999
   Richard
   Canon
     former tenants, purchased with his wife, for c£55,000; his widow offered the house for sale in 1998 and sold in 1999
1999-2007+
   Martin
     Armstrong