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8th Jun 1598Leaseholder (21 yrs)Birchden ForgeBuckhurst Terrier
Thomas Richardson, yeoman, of Birchden holds by deed the capital messuage, mansion or manor house Birchden with Sanden, Sanden Mead, Birchden Rocks, the Downes, Claiton Lands, Perriefeild, Russells field, Hollard field, waste ground, and also one iron forge called commonlie by the name of Birchden Forge, with certain Fineries, Blowmeries, Chafferies, and with all ponds, watercourse, streames, banks, baies and other appurtenances of The Manor of Birchden, in all 252 acres: viz., meadow 34 acres, pasture 82 acres, arable 20 acres, wood 115 acres.
Rent £52 and 2 fat capons alive on 20th November.

c 1795Eridge, Sussex - c 1795Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1795 by William Gardner and Thomas GreamOld Furnace

6th Jun 1841CensusEdward Field, M, Head, age 50 to 54, born Sussex; occupation: farmerEdward Field, farmerHamsell Forge1841 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
6th Jun 1841CensusPhiladelphia Field, F, [Wife], age 45 to 49, born SussexPhiladelphia Powell
6th Jun 1841CensusAnn Field, F, [Daughter], age 20, born SussexAnn Stapley [Field]
6th Jun 1841CensusEdward Field, M, [Son], age 15 to 19, born SussexEdward Field, farm labourer
6th Jun 1841CensusBenjamin Field, M, [Son], age 13, born SussexBenjamin Field, miller
6th Jun 1841CensusMalachi Field, M, [Son], age 11, born SussexMalachi Field, farm labourer
6th Jun 1841CensusMalachi Field, M, [Son], age 11, born SussexMalachi Field, farm labourer
6th Jun 1841CensusElizabeth Field, F, [Daughter], age 8, born SussexElizabeth Wickens [Field]
6th Jun 1841CensusPhebe Taylor, F, age 14, born Sussex; occupation ServantPhoebe Taylor Hicks [Wickens]
6th Jun 1841CensusCharles Cole, M, age 14, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourerCharles Cole, farm labourer

30th Mar 1851CensusHead, employs 7 people; occupation: farmerEdward Field, farmerForge Farm1851 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusWifePhiladelphia Powell
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughterElizabeth Wickens [Field]
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation: farm labourerJames Crouch

7th Apr 1861CensusSamuel Wickens, M, Head, married, age 48, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farmerSamuel WickensForge Farm1861 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
7th Apr 1861CensusLeah Wickens, F, Wife, married, age 44, born Rotherfield, SussexLeah Wickens [Luxford]
7th Apr 1861CensusHarriett Wickens, F, Daughter, single, age 19, born Speldhurst, KentHarriet Piddlesden [Wickens]
7th Apr 1861CensusMary Ann Wickens, F, Daughter, single, age 17, born Speldhurst, KentMary Ann Collins [Wickens]
7th Apr 1861CensusJames Wickens, M, Son, age 15, born Speldhurst, KentJames Wickens
7th Apr 1861CensusMary Jane Wickens, F, Daughter, age 10, born Speldhurst, Kent; occupation: scholarMary Jane Hollamby [Wickens]
7th Apr 1861CensusLucy Ann Wickens, F, Daughter, age 8, born Speldhurst, Kent; occupation: scholarLucy Ann Piddlesden [Wickens]
7th Apr 1861CensusSamuel Levi Lawrence Wickens, M, Son, age 5, born Speldhurst, Kent; occupation: scholarSamuel Levi Lawrence Wickens
7th Apr 1861CensusEugenia Selina Leah Wickens, F, Daughter, age 1, born Speldhurst, KentEugenia Selina Leah Hollamby
7th Apr 1861CensusSarah Sweatman, F, Servant, single, age 17, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: general servantSarah Sweatman
7th Apr 1861CensusGeorge Allcorn, M, Servant, age 16, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: carterGeorge Allcorn, labourer
7th Apr 1861CensusFrederick Wilson, M, Servant, age 15, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: carter's mateFrederick Wilson

1867Directory entryWickens Obadiah, farmer, ForgeForgePost Office Directory

2nd Apr 1871CensusWilliam Knight, M, Head, widowed, age 71, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerWilliam Knight, farm labourerFurnace Cottage1871 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
2nd Apr 1871CensusPhiladelphia Bailey, F, Servant, single, age 61, born Mayfield, Sussex; occupation: housekeeperPhiladelphia Bailey

2nd Apr 1871CensusHenry Smith, M, Lodger, single, age 36, born Emsworth, Hampshire; occupation: shepherdHenry SmithFurnace Cottage1871 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex

2nd Apr 1871CensusThomas Godly, M, Head, single, age 23, born Heartfield, Sussex; occupation: farmer of 160 acres employing 5 men and 3 boysThomas Godly, farmerForge Farm Hamsell Farm House1871 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
2nd Apr 1871CensusAlice Godly, F, Sister, single, age 19, born Leigh, Kent; occupation: housekeeperAlice Godly
2nd Apr 1871CensusEdwin Godly, M, Nephew, age 10, born Tunbridge, KentEdwin Godly, butcher
2nd Apr 1871CensusJohn Copper, M, Servant, single, age 20, born Penshurst, Kent; occupation: farm servantJohn Copper
2nd Apr 1871CensusRobert Mitchell, M, Servant, single, age 15, born Withyham, Sussex; occupation: farm servantRobert Mitchell
2nd Apr 1871CensusElizabeth Brown, F, Servant, single, age 15, born London, Middlesex; occupation: general domestic servantElizabeth S Brown

c 1875Birchden, Park Corner & Cobbarn, South of Groombridge - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyForge Farm

3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas Fredk. Welfare, M, Head, married, age 25, born Speldhurst; occupation GasmanThomas Frederick WelfareForge1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusEmma Welfare, F, Wife, married, age 26, born LamberhurstEmma Welfare
3rd Apr 1881CensusHenry Thomas Welfare, M, Son, age 2, born RotherfieldHenry Thomas Welfare
3rd Apr 1881CensusFrederick Welfare, M, Son, age 11 m, born RotherfieldFrederick Welfare

3rd Apr 1881CensusJoseph Brown, M, Head, married, age 54, born Shropshire; occupation: farm labourerJoseph Brown, farm labourerForge1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusHannah Brown, F, Wife, married, age 56, born Northamptonshire; occupation: railway gate keeperHannah Brown
3rd Apr 1881CensusHannah Brown, F, Daur, single, age 25, born ScotlandHannah Moore [Brown]
3rd Apr 1881CensusJoseph Brown, M, Son, single, age 23, born London; occupation: farm labourerJoseph Brown
3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam Brown, M, Son, single, age 19, born Hertfordshire; occupation: farm labourerWilliam J. Brown

3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas Godley, M, Head, married, age 33, born Hartfield, employs 8 men and 2 boys; occupation: farmerThomas Godly, farmerForge Farm House1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusRhoda Godley, F, Wife, married, age 33, born Tunbridge WellsRhoda Godley
3rd Apr 1881CensusAlice Godley, F, Daughter, age 5, born RotherfieldAlice Godley
3rd Apr 1881CensusFrank Godley, M, Son, age 3, born RotherfieldFrank Godley
3rd Apr 1881CensusFlorence Godley, F, Daughter, age 1, born RotherfieldFlorence Godley
3rd Apr 1881CensusPercy Willm. Godley, M, Son, age 2 m, born RotherfieldPercy Willm. Godley
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary Jane Sedgewick, F, Niece, age 14, born Southborough; occupation VisitorMary Jane Sedgewick
3rd Apr 1881CensusElizabeth Turner, F, Servant, single, age 15, born Withyham; occupation Domestic ServantElizabeth Turner
3rd Apr 1881CensusBenjamin Tasker, M, Servant, single, age 20, born Withyham; occupation: farm labourerBenjamin Tasker, carter

3rd Apr 1881CensusEdward Barden, M, Head, married, age 42, born Rotherfield, occupation: farm labourerEdward Barden, farm labourerForge Cottage1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusJane Barden, F, Wife, married, age 37, born TonbridgeJane Barden
3rd Apr 1881CensusErnest Barden, M, Son, age 12, born Tonbridge, occupation: scholarErnest Barden
3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas Barden, M, Son, age 9, born Tonbridge, occupation: scholarThomas Barden
3rd Apr 1881CensusArthur Berguth, M, Step Son, age 11, born Tonbridge, occupation: scholarArthur Berguth
3rd Apr 1881CensusEliza Barden, F, Daughter, age 2, born RotherfieldEliza Barden
3rd Apr 1881CensusJames Barden, M, Son, age 1, born RotherfieldJames Barden
3rd Apr 1881CensusHenry Ottley, M, Boarder, single, age 53; occupation Farm labourerHenry Ottley

3rd Apr 1881CensusEdward Tasker, M, Head, married, age 50, born Withyham; occupation: farm labourerEdward Tasker, farm labourerForge Cottage1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusFanny Tasker, F, Wife, married, age 44, born TicehurstFanny Tasker
3rd Apr 1881CensusEllen Tasker, F, Daughter, single, age 16, born WithyhamEllen Tasker
3rd Apr 1881CensusPhilip Tasker, M, Son, age 12, born Withyham; occupation: scholarPhilip Tasker

5th Apr 1891CensusThomas Fred Welfare, M, Head, married, age 35, born Speldhurst, Kent; occupation GasmanThomas Frederick WelfareForge Gas Cottage1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
5th Apr 1891CensusEmma Welfare, F, Wife, married, age 36, born Lamberhurst, KentEmma Welfare
5th Apr 1891CensusHenry Thomas Welfare, M, Son, age 12, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation ScholarHenry Thomas Welfare
5th Apr 1891CensusFrederick Welfare, M, Son, age 10, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation ScholarFrederick Welfare
5th Apr 1891CensusFrank Welfare, M, Son, age 7, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation ScholarFrank Welfare
5th Apr 1891CensusKate Welfare, F, Daughter, age 2, born Rotherfield, SussexKate Welfare

5th Apr 1891CensusJoseph Brown, M, Head, married, age 66, born Wellington, Shropshire; occupation: plate layerJoseph Brown, farm labourerForge1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
5th Apr 1891CensusHannah Brown, F, Wife, married, age 66, born Ashton, Northamptonshire; occupation: gate keeperHannah Brown
5th Apr 1891CensusAlice Gammon, F, Granddaughter, age 16, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarAlice Gammon

5th Apr 1891CensusEdward Reynolds, M, Head, married, age 50, born Lincolnshire; occupation Farm LabourerEdward ReynoldsForge1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
5th Apr 1891CensusNaomi Reynolds, F, Wife, married, age 45, born Rotherfield, SussexNaomi Reynolds
5th Apr 1891CensusEdward Reynolds, M, Son, single, age 21, born Wadhurst, SussexEdward Reynolds
5th Apr 1891CensusElizabeth Reynolds, F, Daughter, single, age 15, born Mayfield, SussexElizabeth Reynolds
5th Apr 1891CensusThomas Reynolds, M, Son, single, age 13, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation ScholarThomas Reynolds
5th Apr 1891CensusMay Reynolds, F, Daughter, age 9, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation ScholarMay Reynolds
5th Apr 1891CensusJoseph Reynolds, M, Son, age 5, born Wadhurst, Sussex; occupation ScholarJoseph Reynolds
5th Apr 1891CensusWilliam Meopham, M, Boarder, single, age 17, born Wadhurst, Sussex; occupation: carter's mateWilliam Mepham

5th Apr 1891CensusFrederick Simmonds, M, Head, single, age 28, born Maidstone, Kent; occupation: farmerFrederick Simmonds, farmerForge1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
5th Apr 1891CensusEsther Tassell, F, Housekeeper, widowed, age 39, born Chatham, Kent; occupation HousekeeperEsther Tassell
5th Apr 1891CensusMary Charity Stutely, F, Servant, single, age 13, born Stone, Kent; occupation: general domestic servantMary Charity Stutely

2nd Apr 1911CensusWilliam Alfred Rogers, M, Head, married, age 54, born Hadlow, Kent; occupation: farm foremanWilliam Alfred Rogers, farm foremanForge Farm Cottage, Groombridge1911 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
2nd Apr 1911CensusHarriett Elizabeth Rogers, F, Wife, married 29 years, age 51, born Rotherfield, SussexHarriett Elizabeth Rogers
2nd Apr 1911CensusBeatrice Ann Rogers, F, Daughter, single, age 26, born Rotherfield, SussexBeatrice Ann Rogers
2nd Apr 1911CensusWilliam Albert Rogers, M, Son, single, age 24, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: railway porter L.B. and S.C.R.William Albert Rogers
2nd Apr 1911CensusCyril Henry Rogers, M, Son, single, age 22, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: gardenerCyril Henry Rogers
2nd Apr 1911CensusFrederick Auther Rogers, M, Son, single, age 15, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: railway learner L.B. and S.C.R.Frederick Auther Rogers

2nd Apr 1911CensusGeorge Howell, M, Head, married, age 47, born Kingsnorth, Kent; occupation: waggoner on farmGeorge Howell, waggoner on farmForge Farm Cottage, Groombridge1911 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
2nd Apr 1911CensusHarriet Howell, F, Wife, married 25 years, age 53, born Gillingham, DorsetHarriet Howell
2nd Apr 1911CensusCharles George Howell, M, Son, single, age 24, born Ruckinge, Kent; occupation: stockman on farmCharles George Howell
2nd Apr 1911CensusJoseph Henry Howell, M, Son, single, age 23, born Bilsington, Kent; occupation: horseman on farmJoseph Henry Howell
2nd Apr 1911CensusThomas John Howell, M, Son, single, age 22, born Ivychurch, Kent; occupation: nurserymanThomas John Howell
2nd Apr 1911CensusEdward James Howell, M, Son, single, age 17, born Newchurch, Kent; occupation: horseman on farmEdward James Howell
2nd Apr 1911CensusRichard Hains Howell, M, Son, age 12, born Newchurch, Kent; occupation: schoolRichard Hains Howell

2nd Apr 1911CensusFrederick Dray, M, Head, married, age 53, born Withyham, Sussex; occupation: labourer on farmFrederick Dray, labourer on farmForge Farm House, Groombridge1911 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
2nd Apr 1911CensusIsabella Dray, F, Wife, married 25 years, age 50, born Withyham, SussexIsabella Dray
2nd Apr 1911CensusArthur Dray, M, Son, age 10, born Withyham, Sussex; occupation: schoolArthur Dray
2nd Apr 1911CensusGertrude Sales, F, Neice, age 13, born Bermondsey, London; occupation: schoolGertrude Sales

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