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TERRIER  SURVEY during 1840 t0 1849

In 1840 a survey known as a terrier was prepared for Westbourne, this listed land and property in and around the village; who owned and occupied it; its area and to whom tithes were payable.

The Westbourne tithe award shows that both George and William Pile occupied land. George occupied 23 perches (about 700 square yards) of land owned by Ann Catchlove behind the Free Church in North Street, this was described as a garden, and George paid one shilling and six pence in tithe to the vicar. William, however, owned a house and garden at the south end of North street (where the present-day Co-op stands) and occupied a further six parcels of land in Westbourne, four being meadow and two arable totalling about twenty-six acres. One of these (about six acres) was referred to as ‘Piles Field’ in the late nineteenth century. Three fields, which William rented at the north of the village, were the property of Charles Jackson, the then owner of the nearby Stansted House and Estate.

The following year, 1841, a census was held throughout Great Britain, this records that there were two Pile households in Westbourne; George and Martha Pile are listed together with their children David, Ann, Jane, George and Charlotte. Their eldest son, William is missing from the household and has not yet been found in Westbourne or any of the surrounding Sussex parishes. George is described as a labourer and born (apparently) in Sussex.

Next door to George and Martha are William and Mary Griffin and their fifteen year old daughter Harriet who would be the mother of at least three of the children of George's eldest son William and later his wife.

Also there is William Pile, his wife Jemima and daughter Kezia. William is shown as a farmer and also indicated as being born in Sussex although we know from later records that this is incorrect as William was born at East Meon in Hampshire. Jemima is described as being born outside Sussex, which may be Catherington in Hampshire.

On 7 September 1843 the parish register records the marriage by licence of Emma Pile to James William Deacon. Emma was nineteen years old and her father is described as William Pile a yeoman. Emma may be a daughter of William the farmer and sister of Kezia although there is no record in Westbourne of a baptism for either child.

Emma’s new husband, James Deacon was twelve years her senior, his “rank or profession” is that of “gent”. Emma appears not to have signed her own name in the register although whoever completed it for her seems to have mistakenly entered Deacon as her surname and then changed it to Pile! The marriage was witnessed by William Pile and also Martha Mansbridge who could be the 26 year old daughter of Jemima Pile by her first marriage suggesting a connection between them, possibly as half-sisters.

In February 1849 James and Emma had a daughter called Mary Emma. Sadly the child died before adulthood, a gravestone in Westbourne churchyard reads Mary Emma daughter of James and Emma Deacon of Long Copse Hampshire died June 12 1866 aged 17 years 4 months.

In the quarter up to June 1844 Civil Registration indexes record the death of Ellen Amy Pile, this could be Henry and Sarah’s daughter who would have been around ten years old.

In November 1845 the Hampshire Telegraph carried a report of David Piles together with John Dorey and William Fletcher being charged at Chichester Petty Sessions with assaulting George Dorey. David was acquitted but the others were both fined 5s with 10s 6d costs.

This is the last known record of David until 1847 when he married Sarah Smith in Grantham, Lincolnshire.

In September 1846 a parcel of land called Monks Meadow which was occupied by William Pile was sold at auction at The Lamb in Westbourne, it was owned by the estate of the late William Parry Wallis.

Later in November that year William Pile took out a General Game Certificate for which he paid £4 0s 10d, this allowed him to take game anywhere subject to trespass laws, anyone taking game without a valid certificate was liable to a penalty of £20.

On 4 January 1847 William Pile’s wife Jemima died aged sixty and was buried in the churchyard, based on this she would have been born in 1787 which is around when Jemima Hoar was born at Catherington. Strangely Jemima's headstone in Westbourne churchyard has a date of death of 6 January 1846, I have no idea why!

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