This photo is dated 1900 and we know from the 1901 census that three families were living in Durhamford, at that time
The house was built by John Bishop at the beginning of the 16th century and was one of the first houses in Sedlescombe to be built with a chimney. It is mentioned in the 1553 will of William Bishop (see will on line with notes by transcriber) and it remained in the Bishop family until the 19th century when the Great Sanders estate was sold. The reason for the sale was that the iron industry moved to the North of England and agriculture was going through a difficult period.
Here is Durhamford, or Durhamford Manor, in 1986. It is a Grade II* listed building described as “Early C16 timber-framed and close-studded house with plaster infilling, the east end of the north front and the west front over-sailing on a moulded bressumer and brackets. Above the overhang of the north front is a gable with scalloped bargeboards. Tiled roof. Casement windows. Red brick chimney breast on east wall. Two storeys and attic in gable. Four windows."
In the 19th century censuses, it is called different names:
1851 – Durhamford
1861 – Tanhouse Farm
1881 – Stream House
1891 – Durhamford 1, 2 & 3
1901 – Durhamford
Beryl Lucey in her book “Twenty Centuries in Sedlescombe" records that when the Rector bought it from John Bishop in 1856, it was known as Stream Farm.
A 1933 Sussex Express newspaper cutting says it was known locally as “Magpie House". The article said it was housing three families.
"Manor" was added to the title in the 1950s when Colonel Swan lived there with his wife and three children.