Biographies of notable village residents past and present will be added to these pages as they are acquired by the Trust.
If you can offer an existing biography or have written one or can offer additional information we will be pleased to add it to the pages.

Hendry, Charles

Charles Hendry CBE PC born 6 May 1959 in CuckfieldSussex was a British Conservative Party politician. Formerly the member of parliament for High Peak between the 1992 and 1997 general elections, he was returned as the MP for Wealden in 2001. In May 2010 he was appointed Minister of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change and served until 2012. He stood down at the 2015 general election.Charles Hendry was Minister of State for Energy at the Department for Energy & Climate Change from May 2010 to September 2012. He was elected Conservative MP for Wealden on 7 June 2001.
Charles was educated at Rugby School and Edinburgh University.
Political career
Charles was Special Adviser to the Rt Hon John Moore MP, Secretary of State for Social Services in 1988, and to the Rt Hon Tony Newton MP, Minister of State for Trade & Industry and then Secretary of State for Social Security (1988-90). He served in a number of shadow posts including Shadow Minister for Young People, Shadow Minister for Energy, Industry and Postal Affairs and Shadow Minister for Energy.
Career outside politics
Prior to entering Parliament Charles worked at Ogilvy & Mather PR and Burson-Marsteller.

Alce, Harry Earl

Lance Corporal TF/1984, 1/5th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division Died of wounds at home 9 June 1915. Aged 25. Son of Harry Earl and Esther Alce of Bermuda Cottage, Hadlow Down. Born in Heathfield and enlisted in Hastings. Buried in St. Marks Churchyard Hadlow Down

Farrar, Mavis

Died November 2nd.  at the age of 98 .
Past resident of Hadlow Down and wife of John, mother of Alison and Simon, Was a key member of the Variety Club and the Horticultural  Society as well as being a one-time co-editor of the Parish Magazine.

Henderson, Elsie Marian

Elsie Marian Henderson, later Baroness de Coudenhove, (28 May 1880 – 1967) was a British painter and sculptor notable for her animal paintings.
Henderson was born in Eastbourne in Sussex and with the encouragement of her mother, a keen amateur painter, she attended the South Kensington Schools before studying at the Slade School of Fine Art between 1903 and 1905. Henderson continued her art education in Paris. For periods of time, between 1908 and 1912, she took lessons at various ateliers in the city including the Academie Moderne, the Académie Colarossi, the Académie de La Palette and at Cercle Russe. In 1912 Henderson studied with Othon Friesz before spending 1913 in Italy. After some time on the island of Guernsey, Henderson enrolled at the Chelsea Polytechnic in 1916, where she was taught lithography by the artist Francis Ernest Jackson. In London she became a frequent visitor to London Zoo and animal drawings and paintings became a major theme of her work. In 1924 Henderson had her first solo exhibition at the Leicester Galleries in London.

A Tiger 1916

In 1928 Henderson married Henri Baron de Coudenhove, the French consul to Guernsey. The couple lived on the island during World War II and throughout the German occupation. Baron de Coudenhove died towards the end of the war and in 1946 Henderson moved to Sunnyside Cottage, Wilderness Lane, Hadlow Down in Sussex with her sister Mildred She continued painting into the last years of her life.
During her lifetime she exhibited at the Royal Academy, with the Women’s International Art Club and the Society of Women Artists. A joint retrospective exhibition of her work, with that of her friend Orovida Pissarro, was held in 1985 at the Michael Parkin Gallery. Sally Hunter Fine Art subsequently held exhibitions of her work in 1999, 2001 and 2004 at various locations. The Tate holds two examples of her work, both from 1916, while the British Museum holds several pieces. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and Manchester City Art Gallery also hold works by Henderson.

In Hadlow Down Elsie once again built her own studio, and with renewed determination to experiment and express her feelings in her art, worked obsessively, almost daily, until her death in 1967. This energy is particularly evident in the series of watercolours and oils of the Sussex countryside she produced during the 1950s, when she was again exhibiting with the best-known British artists, for example at the Leicester Galleries in 1954. With their slashes of vivid colour, and often tending towards abstraction, many of these in their treatment of light have a visionary quality – as if Henderson was perhaps reaching a state of acceptance after her vicissitudes and sensing the end of her life. Elsie and her sister are buried in St. Mark’s churchyard.

The Hadlow Down Trust have recently been contacted by a gentleman who lives in Guernsey and is an authority and collector of her work.  He has recently been looking at The 14 Stations of the Cross in St. Mark’s Church which are recorded as being of painted plaster and donated by Elsie in 1953 but my recent contact has doubts about the material they’re made of (possibly metal?} and why they should also be recorded as being painted by ‘Baroness de Coudenhove (…an artist known as Emily Nicholson)’.  There is only one known artist of that name but she lived over 150 years ago and there is no known connection to her with Elsie Henderson, Baroness de Coudenhove or Hadlow Down so we must presume that whoever wrote the Guide to St. Mark’s Church was mistaken.

He would be most grateful, as would the Trust, for any information people can let us have.

Noakes, Harry PC 214

PC Noakes was  born in Hadlow Down in 1890 a Sergeant number 204669 in the Hampshire Regiment 15th (Hampshire Yeomanry) Battalion. He died age 28 the husband of Alice Annie Noakes.
Harry Noakes was killed at Tynecotstraat on the 9th. August 1918 and is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.
He enlisted at Winchester when he gave his residence as Crowborough, Hants (?)
Harry Noakes joined the Surrey Constabulary on 16th September 1912 aged 22, and was sworn in at Guildford before Col. Ricardo and Capt Briscoe on 20th September 1912. His appointment number was 1630 and his collar number 214. At the time of his appointment his gave his trade as Groom working for Mr Les Chattas at Highams.
There were considerable allied advances throughout the Western Front during the second week of August 1918. The Tyne Cot Memorial is one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders, which cover the area known as the Ypres Salient.

Ford, Margaret Ann

Mrs Edward Ford (Margaret Ann Watson), 48, was the daughter of William and Catherine Margaret (née
McGregor) Watson of Bracadale, Isle of Skye.
She married Edward Ford, an Englishman, at Hadlow Down, Sussex, on 17th June, 1890.
They had five children Frances, Dollina, Edward, William and Maggie. Following the birth of the couple’s
fifth child, Robina Maggie, on 25th April 1904, Edward had deserted the family and Margaret was left to
eke out an existence as a poultry farmer. Her eldest daughter, Frances, was already in the United States
working as a domestic servant, and so impressed the family with tales of a better life that Margaret
decided to leave their home in Sussex for America. Travelling with them was Margaret’s
sister Eliza with her family and a friend of Frances’, Phoebe Alice Harknett. Margaret bought ticket no.
W./C. 6608 (£34 7s 6d) for her and her children, they boarded the Titanic at Southampton.
The entire party of ten were lost in the sinking. None of their bodies were identified amongst those
recovered after the sinking. Edward Ford later filed a claim for the loss of his family and was awarded
five shillings per week.

Ford, Dollina Margaret

Miss Dollina Margaret Ford
Dollina Margaret Ford was born to Margaret and Edward Ford on the 13th June 1891 in Hadlow Down.   Her father registered her birth on the 29th of July.  She was the couples first child.
She was Baptised at the Parish Church of St Marks on the 23rd of August 1891, a year after her parents Edward and Margaret were married there.
Dollina boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger, together with her mother and siblings. All were lost in the disaster, their bodies, if recovered, were never identified.
In the passenger list she is listed as “Daisy” Ford.