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Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1997The Ashdown Forest Dispute 1876-1882 by Professor Brian Short ⇒ Notebook extract; Notebook extract

Historical records

c 1795Forest Row, Sussex - c 1795Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1795 by William Gardner and Thomas GreamMudbrook Farm

1867Directory entryQuickenden James, farmer, MudbrookMudbrookPost Office Directory

1874Directory entryQuickenden James, farmer, MudbrookMudbrookPost Office Directory

26th Apr 1878RecollectionsBenjamin RichardsonMudbrooke HillAshdown Forest dispute

During The Ashdown Forest Dispute 1876-1882 commoners and land owners were interviewed by the solicitor William Raper. Their comments were recorded in a series of notebooks:

Richardson, Benjamin. Of Mudbrooke Hill on the Forest. Age between 60 and 70, does not know nearer. Born on Tompsetts Bank. The first place I went to service was Mr. Edward Heaver, Tablehurst farmer and miller, when I was about 12 or 13 where I remained 4 or 5 years. I then went as under carter to Broadstone under Lord De La Warr for 2 or 3 years, then to Hodore as under carter under Lord De La Warr a short time, a year or so.

Then I worked on my own account for pay 6 or 7 years till I married, when I went to live at Tompsetts Bank and worked for Robert Edwards of Lines Farm of a winter for over 20 years. I left him about 16 years ago this Michaelmas 1879.


3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas Martin, M, Head, married, age 66, born Rotherfield, employs 3 men; occupation: farmerThomas Martin, farmerMudbrook Farm1881 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusEmma Martin, F, Wife, married, age 51, born RotherfieldEmma Martin [Dadswell]
3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Martin, M, Son, single, age 19, born East Grinstead; occupation: farm labourerGeorge Martin
3rd Apr 1881CensusStephen Martin, M, Son, single, age 17, born East Grinstead; occupation: farm labourerStephen Martin
3rd Apr 1881CensusEdward Firvager, M, Servant, single, age 18, born Limpsfield, Surrey; occupation: farm labourerEdward Firvager

3rd Apr 1881CensusBenjamin Richardson, M, Head, widowed, age 62, born East Grinstead; occupation FarmerBenjamin RichardsonMudbrook Hill Cottage1881 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusCharlotte Miles, F, Servant, single, age 28, born East Grinstead; occupation: housekeeperCharlotte Richardson [Miles]
3rd Apr 1881CensusAlice Miles, F, single, age 2, born East GrinsteadAlice Miles

1882Directory entryMartin James, farmer, MudbrookMudbrookKelly's Directory

5th Apr 1891CensusJohn Bourne, M, Head, married, age 71, born Ardingly, Sussex; occupation: farmerJohn Bourne, farmerMudbrook Farm1891 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
5th Apr 1891CensusHarriet Bourne, F, Wife, married, age 63, born Ardingly, SussexHarriet Bourne
5th Apr 1891CensusArthur W Bourne, M, Son, single, age 18, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: farmer's sonArthur W Bourne
5th Apr 1891CensusKate N Bourne, F, Daughter, single, age 19, born Sundridge, KentKate N Bourne
5th Apr 1891CensusArthur E Sayers, M, Servant, single, age 19, born Bolney, Sussex; occupation: farm servantArthur E Sayers
5th Apr 1891CensusElijah Page, M, Servant, single, age 76, born East Grinstead, Sussex; occupation: farm servantElijah Page

c 1899The Priory and Mudbrooke, Sussex - c 1899Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1899 by Ordnance SurveyMudbrooke

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