The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Huggates [a.k.a. Huggetts] Furnace Mill    Hadlow Down  Mayfield  

Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1870A Compendious History of Sussex - Volume I. by Mark Antony Lower, M.A.p. 93
1929Buxted The Beautiful by K. H. Macdermott ⇒ p. 45
1931Wealden Iron by Ernest Straker ⇒ p. 387

Historical records

c 1520HistoryHuggates [a.k.a. Huggetts] Furnace MillOur Village
Hugget's Furnace - This is the name of an old farmstead remote among green meadows beside the beginnings of the Ouse in the valley between Rotherfield and Hadlow Down, though the blast furnaces have been long extinct, the hammers silent and the slag heaps buried under woodland growth or furrowed field. In this beautiful spot when Henry VIII was king the first English iron cannon was cast as Holinshed records by Ralph Hogg or Huggett, a notable iron-master of Buxted. Hogg built himself a house in Buxted Park, known from his rebus on its front as the 'Hogg House' to this day, but his works were here [Hugget's Furnace], and here his foreman Jack Johnson, lived. Both are commemorated in the old rhyme:
"Master Huggett and his man John
They did cast the first cannon."

Near the old timbered farmhouse is the mill with its iron wheel. Across the road is the 'hammer pond' with fragments of its ancient sluices which in Tudor times provided the motive power for what was one of the most important gun foundries in England
from Our Village, written and published by The Rotherfield History Research Group in 1979

c 1724Five Ashes, Sussex - c 1724Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1724 by Richard BudgenHuggetts Furnace

c 1795South of Crowborough, Sussex - c 1795Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1795 by William Gardner and Thomas GreamHuggetts Mill

c 1825South of Crowborough, Sussex - c 1825Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1825 by Christopher and John GreenwoodHuggetts Mill

6th Jun 1841CensusEdward Dadswell, M, Head, age 40 to 44, born Sussex; occupation: millerEdward Okill Dadswell, millerHuggetts Furnace Mill1841 Census
Mayfield, Sussex
Mary Dadswell, F, [Wife], age 45 to 49, born SussexMary Dadswell [Carter]
Edward Dadswell, M, [Son], age 20 to 24, born SussexEdward Okill Dadswell, farmer and miller
Mary Dadswell, F, [Daughter], age 15 to 19, born SussexMary Elizabeth Martin [Dadswell]
Ann Dadswell, F, [Daughter], age 15 to 19, born SussexAnn Dadswell
Sarah Dadswell, F, [Daughter], age 8, born SussexSarah Dadswell
William Sands, M, age 15 to 19, born Sussex; occupation: servantWilliam Sands

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: millerEdward Okill Dadswell, millerHuggates Furnace Mill1851 Census
Mayfield, Sussex
WifeMary Dadswell [Carter]
DaughterSarah Dadswell
VisitorMary Carter
Servant; occupation: general servantSarah Baker
VisitorFrank Martin
Servant; occupation: miller's labourerJames Berry, farm labourer
Servant; occupation BeadleWilliam Wilmshurst, miller and farmer
VisitorAnn Dadswell

7th Apr 1861CensusEdward O Dadswell, M, Head, married, age 63, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: millerEdward Okill Dadswell, millerHuggetts Furnace Mill1861 Census
Mayfield, Sussex
Mary Dadswell, F, Wife, married, age 65, born Mayfield, SussexMary Dadswell [Carter]
Alfred Dadswell, M, Grandson, age 9, born Eastbourne, Sussex; occupation: scholarAlfred Dadswell
Eliza Godley, F, Servant, age 14, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: house servantEliza Godley

7th Apr 1861CensusFredrich Allchorn, M, Head, married, age 41, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farmer of 347 acres employing 9 labourers and 3 boysFrederick Alchorne, farmerHuggetts Furnace1861 Census
Mayfield, Sussex
Ann Allchorn, F, Wife, married, age 46, born Mayfield, SussexAnn Allcorn [Moon] [Brissenden]
Frederic Allchorn, M, Son, age 8, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarFrederick Allcorn
Kate Allchorn, F, Daughter, age 5, born Mayfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarFanny Kate Alcorn
Ellen Pratt, F, Servant, single, age 21, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: house servantEllen Pratt
Thomas Homewood, M, Servant, single, age 63, born Framfield, Sussex; occupation: farm servantThomas Homewood
George Holmburry, M, Servant, single, age 18, born Heathfield, Sussex; occupation: carter boyGeorge Holmburry
Samuel Martin, M, Servant, single, age 14, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: carter boySamuel Martin

1867Directory entryDadswell Edward, miller, Haggett's furnaceHaggett's furnacePost Office Directory

2nd Apr 1871CensusFrederick Allcorn, M, Head, married, age 52, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farmer of 256 acres employing 7 men and 3 boysFrederick Alchorne, farmerHuggets Furnace1871 Census
Mayfield, Sussex
Ann Allcorn, F, Wife, married, age 58, born Rotherfield, SussexAnn Allcorn [Moon] [Brissenden]
Frederick Allcorn, M, Son, single, age 18, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerFrederick Allcorn
Nelson Baldock, M, Servant, single, age 19, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerNelson Baldock
Edward Magget, F, Servant, single, age 17, born Framfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerEdward Magget
Caroline Luck, F, Servant, single, age 22, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: general servantCaroline Luck

1874Directory entryDadswell Edward, miller, Huggetts furnaceHuggetts furnacePost Office Directory

c 1875Huggetts Furnace, Pinehurst, Stone Farm and Coes Farm, South of Crowborough - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyCorn Mill

3rd Apr 1881CensusEli Napoleon Dadswell, M, Head, married, age 33, born Framfield, employs 2 men and 2 boys; occupation: miller and farmerEli Napoleon Dadswell, miller and farmerHugget Furnace1881 Census
Mayfield, Sussex
Sarah Kate Dadswell, F, Wife, married, age 31, born BuckinghamshireSarah Kate Dadswell [Allard]
Kate Elizabeth Dadswell, F, Daughter, age 6, born Mayfield; occupation: scholarKate Elizabeth Dadswell
Eveline Rachael Dadswell, F, Daughter, age 4, born Mayfield; occupation: scholarEveline Rachael Dadswell
Edward O Kil Dadswell, M, Son, age 3, born MayfieldEdward O'Kill Dadswell
Albert Ebenezer Dadswell, M, Son, age 1, born MayfieldAlbert Ebenezer Dadswell
John Ashdown, M, Servant, single, age 20, born Waldron; occupation: miller's waggonerJohn Ashdown, miller's waggoner

1882Directory entryDadswell Eli, miller (wind), Huggett's furnaceHuggett's furnaceKelly's Directory

5th Apr 1891CensusEli N Dadswell, M, Head, married, age 45, born Framfield, Sussex; occupation: miller and farmerEli Napoleon Dadswell, miller and farmerHuggets Furnace Mill1891 Census
Mayfield, Sussex
Sarah K Dadswell, F, Wife, married, age 45, born Eton, BuckinghamshireSarah Kate Dadswell [Allard]
Evaline R Dadswell, F, Daughter, single, age 15, born Mayfield, SussexEveline Rachael Dadswell
Edward O Dadswell, M, Son, age 13, born Mayfield, SussexEdward O'Kill Dadswell
Albert E Dadswell, M, Son, age 11, born Mayfield, SussexAlbert Ebenezer Dadswell
May S Dadswell, F, Daughter, age 9, born Mayfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarMay S Dadswell
Ethel C Dadswell, F, Daughter, age 6, born Mayfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarEthel C Dadswell
Anne E Dadswell, F, Daughter, age 4, born Mayfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarAnne E Dadswell
William E Dadswell, M, Son, age 2 months, born Mayfield, SussexWilliam E Dadswell
George Elliot, M, Lodger, single, age 44, born Brighton, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerGeorge Elliot

5th Apr 1891CensusThomas Dabson, M, Head, married, age 38, born Ringmer, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerThomas Dabson, farm labourerHuggets Furnace Cottage1891 Census
Mayfield, Sussex
Sophia Dabson, F, Wife, married, age 20, born Maresfield, SussexSophia Dabson
John Dabson, M, Son, age 10, born Ringmer, Sussex; occupation: scholarJohn Dabson
James Dabson, M, Son, age 7, born Ringmer, Sussex; occupation: scholarJames Dabson
Kate Dabson, F, Daughter, age 4, born Ringmer, Sussex; occupation: scholarKate Dabson
Luther Booker, M, Boarder, single, age 21, born Hurstwood, Sussex, occupation: miller grinderLuther Booker

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