The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
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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

26th Feb 1839Forge Farm, South of Groombridge - 1839Benjamin Field (occupier) and Henry Thwaites (devisee in trust), Robert Foreman and John Baker Stapley (owners)Benjamin Field, independentGarden, House and Buildings (0 acres 2 roods 4 perches) plot 124Rotherfield Tithe Map

6th Jun 1841CensusEdward Field, M, Head, age 50 to 54, born Sussex; occupation: farmerEdward Field, farmerHamsell Forge1841 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Philadelphia Field, F, [Wife], age 45 to 49, born SussexPhiladelphia Powell
Ann Field, F, [Daughter], age 20, born SussexAnn Stapley [Field]
Edward Field, M, [Son], age 15 to 19, born SussexEdward Field, farm labourer
Benjamin Field, M, [Son], age 13, born SussexBenjamin Field, miller
Malachi Field, M, [Son], age 11, born SussexMalachi Field, farm labourer
Malachi Field, M, [Son], age 11, born SussexMalachi Field, farm labourer
Elizabeth Field, F, [Daughter], age 8, born SussexElizabeth Wickens [Field]
Phebe Taylor, F, age 14, born Sussex; occupation ServantPhoebe Hicks [Taylor Wickens]
Charles 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
WifePhiladelphia Powell
DaughterElizabeth Wickens [Field]
Servant; 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
Leah Wickens, F, Wife, married, age 44, born Rotherfield, SussexLeah Wickens [Luxford]
Harriett Wickens, F, Daughter, single, age 19, born Speldhurst, KentHarriet Piddlesden [Wickens]
Mary Ann Wickens, F, Daughter, single, age 17, born Speldhurst, KentMary Ann Collins [Wickens]
James Wickens, M, Son, age 15, born Speldhurst, KentJames Wickens
Mary Jane Wickens, F, Daughter, age 10, born Speldhurst, Kent; occupation: scholarMary Jane Hollamby [Wickens]
Lucy Ann Wickens, F, Daughter, age 8, born Speldhurst, Kent; occupation: scholarLucy Ann Piddlesden [Wickens]
Samuel Levi Lawrence Wickens, M, Son, age 5, born Speldhurst, Kent; occupation: scholarSamuel Levi Lawrence Wickens
Eugenia Selina Leah Wickens, F, Daughter, age 1, born Speldhurst, KentEugenia Selina Leah Hollamby
Sarah Sweatman, F, Servant, single, age 17, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: general servantSarah Sweatman
George Allcorn, M, Servant, age 16, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: carterGeorge Allcorn, labourer
Frederick Wilson, M, Servant, age 15, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: carter's mateFrederick Wilson

1867Directory entryWickens Obadiah, farmer, ForgeForgePost Office Directory

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
Alice Godly, F, Sister, single, age 19, born Leigh, Kent; occupation: housekeeperAlice Godly
Edwin Godly, M, Nephew, age 10, born Tunbridge, KentEdwin Godly, butcher
John Copper, M, Servant, single, age 20, born Penshurst, Kent; occupation: farm servantJohn Copper
Robert Mitchell, M, Servant, single, age 15, born Withyham, Sussex; occupation: farm servantRobert Mitchell
Elizabeth 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
Emma Welfare, F, Wife, married, age 26, born LamberhurstEmma Welfare
Henry Thomas Welfare, M, Son, age 2, born RotherfieldHenry Thomas Welfare
Frederick 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
Hannah Brown, F, Wife, married, age 56, born Northamptonshire; occupation: railway gate keeperHannah Brown
Hannah Brown, F, Daur, single, age 25, born ScotlandHannah Moore [Brown]
Joseph Brown, M, Son, single, age 23, born London; occupation: farm labourerJoseph Brown
William 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
Rhoda Godley, F, Wife, married, age 33, born Tunbridge WellsRhoda Godley
Alice Godley, F, Daughter, age 5, born RotherfieldAlice Godley
Frank Godley, M, Son, age 3, born RotherfieldFrank Godley
Florence Godley, F, Daughter, age 1, born RotherfieldFlorence Godley
Percy Willm. Godley, M, Son, age 2 m, born RotherfieldPercy Willm. Godley
Mary Jane Sedgewick, F, Niece, age 14, born Southborough; occupation VisitorMary Jane Sedgewick
Elizabeth Turner, F, Servant, single, age 15, born Withyham; occupation: domestic servantElizabeth Turner
Benjamin 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
Jane Barden, F, Wife, married, age 37, born TonbridgeJane Barden
Ernest Barden, M, Son, age 12, born Tonbridge, occupation: scholarErnest Barden
Thomas Barden, M, Son, age 9, born Tonbridge, occupation: scholarThomas Barden
Arthur Berguth, M, Step Son, age 11, born Tonbridge, occupation: scholarArthur Berguth
Eliza Barden, F, Daughter, age 2, born RotherfieldEliza Barden
James Barden, M, Son, age 1, born RotherfieldJames Barden
Henry 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
Fanny Tasker, F, Wife, married, age 44, born TicehurstFanny Tasker
Ellen Tasker, F, Daughter, single, age 16, born WithyhamEllen Tasker
Philip 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
Emma Welfare, F, Wife, married, age 36, born Lamberhurst, KentEmma Welfare
Henry Thomas Welfare, M, Son, age 12, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation ScholarHenry Thomas Welfare
Frederick Welfare, M, Son, age 10, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation ScholarFrederick Welfare
Frank Welfare, M, Son, age 7, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation ScholarFrank Welfare
Kate 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
Hannah Brown, F, Wife, married, age 66, born Ashton, Northamptonshire; occupation: gate keeperHannah Brown
Alice 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
Naomi Reynolds, F, Wife, married, age 45, born Rotherfield, SussexNaomi Reynolds
Edward Reynolds, M, Son, single, age 21, born Wadhurst, SussexEdward Reynolds
Elizabeth Reynolds, F, Daughter, single, age 15, born Mayfield, SussexElizabeth Reynolds
Thomas Reynolds, M, Son, single, age 13, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation ScholarThomas Reynolds
May Reynolds, F, Daughter, age 9, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation ScholarMay Reynolds
Joseph Reynolds, M, Son, age 5, born Wadhurst, Sussex; occupation ScholarJoseph Reynolds
William 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
Esther Tassell, F, Housekeeper, widowed, age 39, born Chatham, Kent; occupation HousekeeperEsther Tassell
Mary 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
Harriett Elizabeth Rogers, F, Wife, married 29 years, age 51, born Rotherfield, SussexHarriett Elizabeth Rogers
Beatrice Ann Rogers, F, Daughter, single, age 26, born Rotherfield, SussexBeatrice Ann Rogers
William Albert Rogers, M, Son, single, age 24, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: railway porter L.B. and S.C.R.William Albert Rogers
Cyril Henry Rogers, M, Son, single, age 22, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: gardenerCyril Henry Rogers
Frederick 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
Harriet Howell, F, Wife, married 25 years, age 53, born Gillingham, DorsetHarriet Howell
Charles George Howell, M, Son, single, age 24, born Ruckinge, Kent; occupation: stockman on farmCharles George Howell
Joseph Henry Howell, M, Son, single, age 23, born Bilsington, Kent; occupation: horseman on farmJoseph Henry Howell
Thomas John Howell, M, Son, single, age 22, born Ivychurch, Kent; occupation: nurserymanThomas John Howell
Edward James Howell, M, Son, single, age 17, born Newchurch, Kent; occupation: horseman on farmEdward James Howell
Richard 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
Isabella Dray, F, Wife, married 25 years, age 50, born Withyham, SussexIsabella Dray
Arthur Dray, M, Son, age 10, born Withyham, Sussex; occupation: schoolArthur Dray
Gertrude Sales, F, Neice, age 13, born Bermondsey, London; occupation: schoolGertrude Sales

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