Babb's Court proved to be rather difficult to trace through some records, I have been told that this court of cottages once stood roughly where Denise Close off Ide Lane is situated today I assumed that the court was named after the Babb family as some members lived in the village.
I started off in the 1870s where I could be certain of the residents that lived in Babb's Court. There were four cottages inhabited by Aaron Mogridge, a gardener, and his wife; Richard Dent, an agricultural labourer, his wife Tryphema, a laundress (remember that name for later) and their daughter, they also had one boarder; George Stevenson and his family and John Rice, a maltster’s labourer, and his family.
In the 1880s the residents were Fanny Bowden; Mary A. Pike, a charwoman, and her son Richard, a railway porter; Charlotte Davey, a charwoman, and her two children, she also had two boarders. The fourth cottage was inhabited by William Hancock, an agricultural labourer, and his wife.
In the 1890s Charlotte Davey and one of her daughters continued to resided at Babb's Court. Richard Pike had now taken over the cottage from his mother and lived there with his wife and two small children. Two other members of the Bowden family now resided in the court, James Bowden, a general labourer, and his wife. The final cottage was inhabited by Richard Smith, an agricultural labourer and his family.
In the very early 1900s it seems only three cottages were inhabited. Charlotte Davey and her daughter Bessie were still there. Richard Smith, a cattleman on a farm, and his family were also residing in one of the cottages. The third cottage was inhabited by William Dymond a police pensioner. An additional record dated 23rd August 1902 showed William Henry John Strong marrying Wilmott Bessie Davey of Babb's Court.
In 1911 only two cottages were recorded with the residents being Richard Selley, a farm labourer, and his family in one cottage. In the second cottage William Dymond was still the resident and William Henry Dymond, formerly a carpenter, was also recorded as a resident.
Now I return back to the 1860s and I found records for Aaron Mogridge, his wife and son living in Ide Lane in what I am sure was Babb's Court though the court was not named in the records. Another resident was William Henley, a road mender, living on his own. The final family was Richard Dent, an agricultural labourer, his wife Tryphema, a laundress and among other children Elizabeth Cockram aged 12 as a daughter-in-law.
Moving further back to the 1850s I found Tryphema living in Ide and I am sure it was Babb's Court but once again not named in the records. This time Tryphema was married to James Cockram, a tanners labourer, Tryphema was a charwoman, and among other children was Elizabeth Cockram aged 2. It seems that James Cockram had died and Tryphema then re-married Richard Dent at some time between 1851 and 1861.
Records from 1840s once again show James Cockram but his wife was recorded as Ann and they had two children. Tryphema was either known also as Ann or Ann died and Tryphema became his second wife at some time between 1841 and 1851. Once again records did not name the court but I am sure it was Babb's Court. Jane Henley and her two sons were living in one of the other cottages. The final family record gave me the family name I had been seeking, 'Babb'. James Babb was recorded living with his wife Mary and five children; surely this must have been the family this court was named after. I found a marriage for James Babb marrying Mary Keen at Alphington on the 21st March 1824.
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