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1296Subsidy/tax list3s 2 1/4dSauer atte FordeForde, Village of Suthborgh, Hundred of RetherfeldPullein's Rotherfield

1597FreeholderAnthony FowleFoordeBuckhurst Terrier
Anthony Fowle holds by deed land called Foorde land, 40 acres, bounds:-
  • land of John Burges of Brooke near Shirt Cross to the North
  • a certain place called a gill running from the land to the Upper Pond to the East
  • river from Tibbs Bridge to Little Bucksted forge to the South
  • Queens highway Shurts to Tebbs Bridge to the West
Rent 1 red rose

11th Aug 1790InheritanceffordbrookPullein's Rotherfield
Extract from John Burges Will:
"To my nephew Robert Fry all those my several messuages barns buildings farms etc etc called Brookhouse, Ketches, Kiddersash, Pickpale, Grimes, ffordbrook, Croft and Jumbers in the several parishes of Rotherfield and Buxted now in occupation of John Pollington for ever. Charged with the payment of a clear annuity of forty pounds to niece Martha Bridger and her assigns for her natural life etc. Charged also with payment of one thousand pounds which I give and bequeath to all and every of her children lawfully begotten that shall be living at her decease as they respectively reach the age of twenty one years [Various provision regarding her death childless, or theirs before reaching twenty one, in which case the one thousand pounds went to the children of Jane Paige at twenty one].
To Robert Fry Latterís Wood, Highbeech alias Greenswood my messuage I now dwell in and its lands etc. my messuage in the town of Rotherfield called late Hillís, my messuage in the town of Rotherfield now in occupation of Thomas Langridge. And all other my messuages etc for ever. Provided and I order he shall permit my said niece Martha Bridger to dwell in one end of the said house late Hillís during her natural life paying nothing for the same ... All else of which I die possessed to my nephew Robert Fry charged with payment of an annuity of £4 to my servant man James Turk if he shall be in my service at my death. Also £4 annuity to my maid Hannah Dadswell if (as before)
My nephew Robert Fry executor."

Proved 1790.

21st May 1814InheritanceFordbrookPullein's Rotherfield
Extract from Robert Fryís Will: "To my daughter Mary Hannah [wife of my nephew Thomas Fry] ... my messuage or tenement called Brookhouse, with the cottages ... called by the several names of Brookhouse, Kitches, Kiddersash, Pickpale, Grimes, Fordbrook, Croft and Jumbers, containing by admeasurement 346 acres, 2 roods and 30 perches in parishes of Rotherfield and Buxted now in tenure or occupation of Joseph Wickens ..."
proved 21st May 1814

6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Waters, M, Head, age 42, born Sussex; occupation FarmerWilliam WatersFord Brook1841 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
6th Jun 1841CensusFrances Waters, F, [Wife], age 32, born SussexFrances Waters [Corke]
6th Jun 1841CensusGeorge Waters, M, [Son], age 11, born SussexGeorge Waters
6th Jun 1841CensusJohn B. Waters, M, [Son], age 8, born SussexJohn B Waters
6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Waters, M, [Son], age 5, born SussexWilliam Waters
6th Jun 1841CensusJames Waters, M, [Son], age 2, born SussexJames Waters
6th Jun 1841CensusHarriott Holmwood, F, age 18, born Sussex; occupation: servantHarriett Pilbeam [Holmwood]
6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Pilbeam, M, age 21, born Sussex; occupation ServantWilliam Pilbeam, farm labourer
6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Card, M, age 18, born Sussex; occupation: servantWilliam Card, farm labourer
6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam N/K, M, age 14, born Sussex; occupation ServantWilliam N/K

30th Mar 1851CensusHead, employs 3 people; occupation: farmerJoseph Field, farmerFordbrook Farm1851 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusWifeCharlotte Field [Field] [Dadswell]
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughter; occupation: scholarMaria Field
30th Mar 1851CensusSon; occupation: scholarJoseph Field, farm labourer
30th Mar 1851CensusSon; occupation: scholarWilliam Field
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughter; occupation: scholarCharlotte Ann Ginner [Field]
30th Mar 1851CensusSonRichard Field
30th Mar 1851CensusSonLewes Luther Field
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughterJane Field
30th Mar 1851CensusMother-in-law, widowedSophia Dadswell [Furner]
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation: general servantEliza Brooman [Izzard]
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation: farm servantEzra Brooman
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation: farm servantAlfred Brooman, farm bailiff
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation: farm servantPhillip Filtness

7th Apr 1861CensusThomas Lilley, M, Head, married, age 48, born Blyton, Lincolnshire; occupation: farm labourerThomas Lilley, farm labourerFordbrook1861 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
7th Apr 1861CensusMary Lilley, F, Wife, married, age 44, born Sipsey, LincolnshireMary Lilley
7th Apr 1861CensusJames Lilley, M, Son, single, age 16, born Blyton, Lincolnshire; occupation: farm labourerJames Lilley
7th Apr 1861CensusWilliam Lilley, M, Son, age 13, born Blyton, Lincolnshire; occupation: farm labourerWilliam Lilley

1867Directory entryLilley Joseph, farmer, Ford brookFord brookPost Office Directory

2nd Apr 1871CensusAnn Lilley, F, Head, widowed, age 53, born Sipsey, Lincolnshire; occupation: farmer of 99 acres employing 2 menAnn Lilley, farmerFordbrook1871 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
2nd Apr 1871CensusGeorge Lilley, M, Son, single, age 17, born Corringham, Lincolnshire; occupation: farmer's sonGeorge Lilley
2nd Apr 1871CensusHannah Maria Lilley, F, Daughter, age 15, born Stamford, Lincolnshire; occupation: farmer's daughterHannah Maria Lilley
2nd Apr 1871CensusJoseph Lilley, M, Son, age 12, born Rotherfield, SussexJoseph Lilley
2nd Apr 1871CensusEmma Elizh Lilley, F, Daughter, age 9, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarEmma Elizabeth Lilley
2nd Apr 1871CensusHenry Hesman, M, Servant, single, age 19, born Mayfield, Sussex; occupation: general servantGeorge Henry Heasman

1874Directory entryJenner Walter, farmer, Ford brookFord brookPost Office Directory

c 1875Fordbrook, Hastingford & Sleeches, South of Crowborough - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyFordbrook

3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Payne, M, Head, married, age 41, born East Grinstead; occupation: railway labourerGeorge Payne, railway labourerRailway Cottages1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusElizabeth Payne, F, Wife, married, age 31, born East GrinsteadElizabeth Payne [Martin]
3rd Apr 1881CensusAgnes P. Payne, F, Daughter, age 11, born Rotherfield; occupation: scholarAgnes P. Payne
3rd Apr 1881CensusSarah E. Payne, F, Daughter, age 8, born Rotherfield; occupation: scholarSarah E. Payne
3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge W. Payne, M, Son, age 3, born RotherfieldGeorge W. Payne
3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Parker, M, Lodger, single, age 29, born Buxted; occupation: farm labourerGeorge Parker, labourer

3rd Apr 1881CensusIsaiah Russell, M, Head, married, age 28, born Buxted; occupation Master wheelwrightIsaiah RussellRailway Cottages1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusRhoda Russell, F, Wife, married, age 23, born RotherfieldRhoda Russell [Field Buss]
3rd Apr 1881CensusAlice A. Russell, F, Daughter, age 2, born RotherfieldAlice Ann Russell
3rd Apr 1881CensusFrederick A. Russell, M, Son, age 4 m, born RotherfieldFrederick A. Russell

3rd Apr 1881CensusJabes Mitchel, M, Head, single, age 26, born Rotherfield; occupation: farmerJabes Mitchel, farmerFoordbrook Farm1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusLucy Wood, F, Serv, single, age 28, born Maresfield; occupation Domestic servantLucy Wood

1882Directory entryMitchell Jabez, farmer, Fordbrook farmFordbrook farmKelly's Directory

5th Apr 1891CensusJohn Mitchell, M, Head, married, age 27, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farmerJohn Mitchell, farmerFordbrook1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
5th Apr 1891CensusSophia Mitchell, F, Wife, married, age 26, born Rotherfield, SussexSophia Mitchell
5th Apr 1891CensusLuther James Mitchell, M, Son, age 6, born Rotherfield, SussexLuther James Mitchell
5th Apr 1891CensusHephzibah Booker, F, Servant, single, age 20, born Buxted, Sussex, occupation: general domestic servantHephzibah Booker

5th Apr 1891CensusStephen Shuttler, M, Head, married, age 47, born Ringwood, Hampshire; occupation: gamekeeperStephen Shuttler, gamekeeperRailway Cottage, Fordbrook1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
5th Apr 1891CensusElizabeth Shuttler, F, Wife, married, age 50, born Fordingbridge, HampshireElizabeth Shuttler
5th Apr 1891CensusAlice Shuttler, F, Daughter, single, age 19, born Fordingbridge, Hampshire; occupation: dressmakerAlice Shuttler
5th Apr 1891CensusGeorge Shuttler, M, Son, single, age 15, born Fordingbridge, Hampshire; occupation: farm labourerGeorge Shuttler
5th Apr 1891CensusEthelbert Shuttler, M, Son, age 12, born Ringwood, Hampshire; occupation: farm labourerEthelbert Shuttler

5th Apr 1891CensusGeorge Brooman, M, Head, married, age 41, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerGeorge Brooman, farm labourerRailway Cottage, Fordbrook1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
5th Apr 1891CensusPhoebe Brooman, F, Wife, married, age 46, born Rotherfield, SussexPhoebe Brooman [Field Buss]
5th Apr 1891CensusJames Brooman, M, Son, single, age 15, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerJames Edward Brooman
5th Apr 1891CensusStephen Brooman, M, Son, age 14, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerStephen Brooman
5th Apr 1891CensusArther Brooman, M, Son, age 8, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarArthur Brooman
5th Apr 1891CensusFrances Brooman, M, Son, age 6, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarFrances Brooman

1928Borowe or Manor of Alchorne in 1560Borowe or Manor of Alchorne in 1560 by Mr Chapman and Catherine PulleinFordbrookPullein's Rotherfield

2001TodayFordbrook Farm

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