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PublishedTitle, author and references
1902Historical Notes of Withyham, Hartfield and Ashdown Forest by C. N. Suttonp. 351

Historical records

c 1825Colemans Hatch, Sussex - c 1825Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1825 by Christopher and John GreenwoodAshdown Park

6th Jun 1841CensusMajor J. Henniker, M, Head, age 55 to 59; occupation Rear AdmiralMajor J. HennikerAshdown Park1841 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Anne Henniker, F, [Wife], age 35 to 39Honourable Mrs Ann Elizabeth Henniker
Mary Henniker, F, [Daughter], age 6, born SussexMary Bertha Henniker
John Henniker, M, [Son], age 5, born SussexJohn Henniker
Emma Henniker, F, [Daughter], age 3, born SussexEmma Henniker
Edward Henniker, M, [Son], age 2, born SussexEdward Henniker
Anna Henniker, F, [Daughter], age 1, born SussexAnne Henniker
Margaret Davis, F, age 40 to 44; occupation: servantMargaret Davis
Elizabeth Taylor, F, age 20 to 24, born Sussex; occupation: servantElizabeth Taylor
Charlotte Webber, F, age 21; occupation ServantCharlotte Webber
Anne Hall, F, age 25 to 29; occupation: servantAnne Hall
Robert George, M, age 30 to 34; occupation: servantRobert George
Ewan Humphrey, M, age 30 to 34, born Sussex; occupation ServantEwan Humphrey, servant
Richard Goodwin, M, age 15 to 19, born Sussex; occupation: servantRichard Goodwin

6th Jun 1841CensusHenry Thorpe, M, Head, age 50 to 54, born Sussex; occupation ServantHenry ThorpeGarden Hill Lodge1841 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Caroline Thorpe, F, [Daughter], age 14, born SussexCaroline Thorpe
Eliza Thorpe, F, [Daughter], age 9, born SussexEliza Wheatley [Thorpe]
George Thorpe, M, [Son], age 8, born SussexGeorge Thorpe
William Thorpe, M, [Son], age 6, born SussexWilliam Thorpe
James Thorpe, M, [Son], age 4, born SussexJames Thorpe

6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Turner, M, Head, age 35 to 39, born Sussex; occupation: servantWilliam Turner, coachmanPorters Lodge1841 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Sarah Turner, F, [Wife], age 35 to 39, born SussexSarah Turner [Wickham]
Ann Turner, F, [Daughter], age 11, born SussexAnn Turner
Mary Turner, F, [Daughter], age 8, born SussexMary Turner
Jane Turner, F, [Daughter], age 6, born SussexJane Turner
William Turner, M, [Son], age 4, born SussexWilliam Turner

30th Mar 1851CensusHead, widowedHonourable Mrs Ann Elizabeth HennikerAshdown Park1851 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
DaughterMary Bertha Henniker
DaughterEmma Henniker
DaughterAnne Henniker
SonFrederick Henniker
Servant; occupation: house servantMargaret Davis
Servant, occupation: butlerCharles Bull
Governess; occupation GovernessMary Ann Whitehouse
Servant; occupation: house servantAnn Heath
Servant; occupation Farm LabourerJames Thorpe
Servant; occupation Farm LabourerGeorge Thorpe
Servant; occupation House ServantSusannah Penfold

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: coachmanWilliam Turner, coachmanLodge House1851 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
WifeSarah Turner [Wickham]
SonWilliam Turner
DaughterSarah Turner
SonGeorge Turner

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation GamekeeperHenry ThorpeAshdown Cottage1851 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
WifePhiladelphia Thorpe [Manner]
DaughterEliza Wheatley [Thorpe]
Son; occupation LabourerWilliam Thorpe
DaughterElizabeth Thorpe
DaughterLucy (Louisa) Jane Thorpe
Daughter [?]Jane Thorpe
DaughterSusannah Thorpe

1867Directory entryRanger Josiah, esq., Ashdown parkAshdown parkPost Office Directory

1874Directory entryThompson Thomas Charles, Ashdown parkAshdown parkPost Office Directory

c 1875Ashdown Park, West of Hartfield - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyAshdown Park

1878RecollectionsJohn Buckman, farm labourerAshdown ParkAshdown 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:

Buckman, John. Living under Mr. Thompson at Ashdown Park. 60 Age 75 or 76. Born at Quabrook. Baptised at Bolney. My father and grandfather worked at Holly Hill from the time I first recollect. I have lived all my life in Hartfield parish. I went to service when I was 11 years old. For 2 or 3 years before that I did odd work for Colonel Young at Holly Hill, not on Snow's Hole.

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3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Bourne, M, Head, married, age 60, born West Hoathly, employs 1 labourer and 1 boy, occupation: farmerJohn Bourne, farmerAshdown Park1881 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Harriett Bourne, F, Wife, married, age 52, born ArdinglyHarriett Bourne
Harriett Bourne, F, Daughter, single, age 20, born West Hoathly, occupation: milliner and dress makerHarriett Bourne
Robert Thomas Bourne, M, Son, age 15, born Rotherfield, occupation: farm labourerRobert Thomas Bourne, farm labourer
Kate N. Bourne, F, Daughter, age 9, born Kent, occupation: scholarKate N. Bourne
Arthur W. Bourne, M, Son, age 7, born Hartfield, occupation: scholarArthur W. Bourne
John Bourne, M, Head, married, age 27, born West Hoathly, occupation: farmerJohn Bourne, farmer
Emily Bourne, F, Wife, married, age 26, born KentEmily Bourne
John W. Bourne, M, Son, age 4, born Kent, occupation: scholarJohn W. Bourne
Emily L. Bourne, F, Daughter, age 2, born KentEmily L. Bourne

3rd Apr 1881CensusAndrew Buckman, M, Head, married, age 37, born Hartfield, occupation: farmerAndrew BuckmanEast Lodge1881 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Harriett Buckman, F, Wife, married, age 42, born HartfieldHarriet Marget Buckman [Hill]
John B. Buckman, M, Son, age 14, born HartfieldJohn Bertram Buckman
Job Buckman, M, Son, age 12, born Hartfield, occupation: scholarJob Buckman
Mary Ann Buckman, F, Daughter, age 9, born Hartfield, occupation: scholarMary Ann Buckman
Eliza Buckman, F, Daughter, age 7, born Hartfield, occupation: scholarEliza Buckman

3rd Apr 1881CensusCharles Robson, M, Head, married, age 46, born Northumberland; occupation GamekeeperCharles RobsonAshdown Park1881 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Ann Robson, F, Wife, married, age 41, born NorthumberlandAnn Robson
Geo. Robson, M, Son, age 17, born Northumberland; occupation LabourerGeorge Robson
Margaret Robson, F, Daughter, age 13, born Hartfield; occupation Pupil TeacherMargaret Robson
James Robson, M, Son, age 11, born Hartfield; occupation ScholarJames Robson
Jane Robson, F, Daughter, age 9, born Hartfield; occupation ScholarJane Robson
William Robson, M, Son, age 4, born HartfieldWilliam Robson
Isabella Robson, F, Daughter, age 2, born HartfieldIsabella Robson

3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas Irving, M, Head, married, age 37, born Northumberland; occupation: coachmanThomas Irving, coachmanAshdown Park1881 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Margaret Irving, F, Wife, married, age 39, born NorthumberlandMargaret Irving
Thomas F. Irving, M, Son, age 10, born Hartfield; occupation: scholarThomas F. Irving
William Irving, M, Son, age 9, born Hartfield; occupation: scholarWilliam Irving
Mary Irving, F, Daughter, age 6, born Hartfield; occupation: scholarMary Irving
John Irving, M, Son, age 5, born Hartfield; occupation: scholarJohn Irving
Hannah R. Irving, F, Daughter, age 1, born HartfieldHannah R. Irving
Minnie W. Irving, F, Daughter, age 1, born HartfieldMinnie W. Irving

3rd Apr 1881CensusJoseph Downs, M, Head, married, age 47, born Tunbridge Wells; occupation: head gardenerJoseph Down, gardenerAshdown Park1881 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Mary Downs, F, Wife, married, age 47, born West MallingMary Down [Humphrey]
Allen Downs, M, Son, single, age 18, born Cranbrook; occupation: gardenerAllen Down
Leonard Downs, M, Son, single, age 16, born West Malling; occupation: grocer's assistantLeonard Down
Earnest Downs, M, Son, age 13, born Cranbrook; occupation: scholarErnest Down, carpenter, joiner and builder
Percival Downs, M, Son, age 10, born Cranbrook; occupation: scholarPercival Down
Walter S. Downs, M, Son, age 7, born Hartfield; occupation: scholarWalter Septimus Down
Reginald M. Downs, M, Son, age 4, born Hartfield; occupation: scholarReginald Mortimer Down

3rd Apr 1881CensusNathaniel Slater, M, Head, married, age 33, born Buxted; occupation LabourerNathaniel SlaterAshdown Park1881 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Susannh Slater, F, Wife, married, age 32, born NorfolkSusannah Slater [Eglington]

3rd Apr 1881CensusEmma Abrahams, F, Head, single, age 35, born Canterbury; occupation school mistressEmma Abrahams, school mistressSchool House1881 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Mary Divall, F, Servant, single, age 14, born East Grinstead; occupation: general servantMary Ann Divall

3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Buckman, M, Head, married, age 77, born Hartfield, occupation: labourerJohn Buckman, farm labourerAshdown Park1881 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Ann Buckman, F, Wife, married, age 60, born HartfieldAnn Buckman [Crowhurst]
Harriett Barley, F, Sister-in-law, single, age 73, born MaresfieldHarriett Barley
Arthur A. Pearce, M, Boarder, age 1; occupation GroomArthur A. Pearce

3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam Hook, M, Head, married, age 56, born Mayfield; occupation: labourerWilliam Hook, gardenerAshdown Park1881 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Julia Hook, F, Wife, married, age 48, born FramfieldJulia Hook [Sands]

3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas C. Thompson, M, Head, married, age 60, born Northumberland; occupation Member of ParliamentThomas C. ThompsonAshdown Park1881 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Marriana Thompson, F, Wife, married, age 49, born LancashireMarriana Thompson
Charles L.P. Robinson, M, Nephew, single, age 29, born YorkshireCharles L.P. Robinson
John O Conner Power, M, Visitor, single, age 35, born Ireland; occupation Member of ParliamentJohn O Conner Power
Henry Holmes, M, Servant, single, age 40, born Staffordshire; occupation: butlerHenry Holmes
Emmau Jeale, F, Servant, widowed, age 45, born Kent; occupation: cookEmma Jeale
Frank Allen, M, Servant, single, age 20, born Ticehurst; occupation: footmanFrank Allen
Elizabeth Bowman, F, Servant, single, age 22, born Burwash, occupation: maidElizabeth Bowman
Alice May, F, Servant, single, age 22, born Tunbridge Wells; occupation: housemaidAlice May
Elizabeth A. Robson, F, Servant, single, age 15, born Northumberland; occupation HousemaidElizabeth A. Robson

3rd Apr 1881CensusEliza Welfare, F, Head, widowed, age 58, born LingfieldEliza Welfare [Staplehurst]Ashdown Forest1881 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Ellen E. Welfare, F, Daughter, single, age 19, born Hartfield; occupation School GovernessWilliam Welfare
Alice M. Welfare, F, Daughter, age 12, born Hartfield; occupation ScholarAlice Maud Welfare

3rd Apr 1881CensusRobert Wood, M, Head, married, age 25, born Maresfield; occupation FarmerRobert WoodAshdown Forest1881 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Mary Wood, F, Wife, married, age 29, born BuxtedMary Wood
Harriett Wood, F, Daughter, age 4, born MaresfieldHarriett Wood
Ann Wood, F, Daughter, age 2, born MaresfieldAnn Wood

1882Directory entryThompson Thomas Charles M.P., J.P., 1 Lower Grosvenor place & Reform club, London s.w. &, Ashdown parkAshdown parkKelly's Directory

1888Directory entryHills, Thomas, farmer, Ashdown parkAshdown parkBrooker's Guide

1888Directory entryOakley, Frederick, farmer, Ashdown parkAshdown parkBrooker's Guide

5th Apr 1891CensusCharles Robson, M, Head, married, age 56, born Milford, Northumberland; occupation: WoodmanCharles Robson..yall Cottage, Ashdown Park1891 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Ann Robson, F, Wife, married, age 49, born Rothbury, NorthumberlandAnn Robson
James Robson, M, Son, single, age 21, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: Farm labourerJames Robson
William Robson, M, Son, age 14, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: Farm labourerWilliam Robson
Isabella Robson, F, Daughter, age 12, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: ScholarIsabella Robson
Mary Robson, F, Daughter, age 9, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: ScholarMary Robson
Charley J Robson, M, Son, age 6, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: ScholarCharley J Robson
Anney E Robson, F, Daughter, age 2, born Doncaster, YorkshireAnney E Robson

5th Apr 1891CensusJohn Gurr, M, Head, married, age 37, born Nutley, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerJohn Gurr, farm labourerAshdown Park1891 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Sarah A Gurr, F, Wife, married, age 39, born Danehill, SussexSarah A Gurr
Leonard J Gurr, M, Son, single, age 20, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerLeonard J Gurr
Stephen H Gurr, M, Son, age 12, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarStephen H Gurr

5th Apr 1891CensusGeorge Robson, M, Head, married, age 27, born Durham; occupation: GamekeeperGeorge RobsonKeepers Cottage, Ashdown Park1891 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Emily Robson, F, Wife, married, age 26, born Edenbridge, KentEmily Robson
Mabel Robson, F, Daughter, age 1, born Hartfield, SussexMabel Robson
George Peacock, M, Boarder, age 15, born Edenbridge, Kent; occupation: gamekeeper's assistantGeorge Peacock

5th Apr 1891CensusThomas Irving, M, Head, married, age 48, born Northumberland; occupation: coachmanThomas Irving, coachmanStable Yard, Ashdown Park1891 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Margaret Irving, F, Wife, married, age 49, born NorthumberlandMargaret Irving
Thomas F Irving, M, Son, single, age 20, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerThomas F Irving
John Irving, M, Son, age 15, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: carpenterJohn Irving
Hannah R Irving, F, Daughter, age 11, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarHannah R Irving
Minnie W Irving, F, Daughter, age 11, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarMinnie W Irving

5th Apr 1891CensusMary A Thompson, F, Head, married, age 60, born Preston, LancashireMary A ThompsonAshdown Park1891 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
William C Robinson, M, Servant, married, age 28, born Marlborough, Wiltshire; occupation: ButlerWilliam C Robinson
William E Clarke, M, Servant, single, age 20, born Wadhurst, Sussex, occupation: footmanWilliam E Clarke
Eliza Codling, F, Servant, widowed, age 40, born Whitkirk Leeds, Yorkshire; occupation: cookEliza Codling
Helen Buckler, F, Servant, single, age 36, born Barnsbury Park, Middlesex, occupation: ladysmaidHelen Buckler
Amy Backshall, F, Servant, single, age 31, born Sussex, occupation: head housemaidAmy Backshall
Mary Staniforth, F, Servant, single, age 22, born Hackenthorpe, Derbyshire; occupation: second housemaidMary Staniforth
Jane Robson, F, Servant, single, age 19, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: Third housemaidJane Robson
Harriett Miles, F, Servant, single, age 19, born East Grinstead, Sussex; occupation: dairymaidHarriett Elisabeth Miles
Bessie Hopkins, F, Servant, single, age 27, born Birmingham; occupation: kitchenmaidBessie Hopkins

5th Apr 1891CensusWalter Galloway, M, Head, married, age 39, born Edenbridge, Kent; occupation: farm servantWalter Galloway, farm servantStockman Cottage, Ashdown Park1891 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Mary A Galloway, F, Wife, married, age 38, born Hartfield, SussexMary A Galloway
Walter C Galloway, M, Son, age 5, born Carshalton, SurreyWalter C Galloway
Ernest C Galloway, M, Son, single, age 2, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: groomErnest C Galloway
Isaac Carter, M, Boarder, age 19, born West Hoathly, SussexIsaac Carter

5th Apr 1891CensusWilliam Hook, M, Head, married, age 64, born Mayfield, Sussex; occupation: gardenerWilliam Hook, gardenerUpper Lodge Gate, Ashdown Park1891 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Julia Hook, F, Wife, married, age 58, born Framfield, SussexJulia Hook [Sands]
Agnes H Holder, F, Daughter, married, age 27, born Fletching, SussexAgnes Henrietta Holder [Hook]
Agnes J Holder, F, Granddaughter, age 5, born Croydon, SurreyAgnes J Holder

5th Apr 1891CensusJoseph Down, M, Head, married, age 56, born Tunbridge Wells, Kent; occupation: gardenerJoseph Down, gardenerGardeners House, Ashdown Park1891 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Mary Down, F, Wife, married, age 56, born West Malling, KentMary Down
Allen Down, M, Son, single, age 28, born Cranbrook, Kent; occupation: gardenerAllen Down
Walter S Down, M, Son, single, age 17, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: gardenerWalter S Down
Reginald M Down, M, Son, age 14, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarReginald M Down

5th Apr 1891CensusEmma Abrahams, F, Head, single, age 50, born Canterbury, Kent; occupation: schoolmistressEmma Abrahams, schoolmistressMemorial School, Ashdown Park1891 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Alice M Oakley, F, Servant, age 16, born Birch Grove, Sussex; occupation: General domestic servantAlice M Oakley

5th Apr 1891CensusAndrew Buckman, M, Head, married, age 46, born Hartfield, Sussex, occupation: farmerAndrew Buckman, farmerLower Lodge Gate, Ashdown Park1891 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Harriett Buckman, F, Wife, married, age 52, born Hartfield, SussexHarriett Buckman
Job Buckman, M, Son, single, age 22, born Hartfield, Sussex, occupation: farmer's sonJob Buckman
Eliza Buckman, F, Daughter, single, age 17, born Hartfield, SussexEliza Buckman
Rodlia C Buckman, F, Daughter, age 7, born Hartfield, SussexRodlia C Buckman

5th Apr 1891CensusJoseph B Heath, M, Head, married, age 33, born Withyham, Sussex; occupation: gardenerJoseph Benjamin Heath, gardenerThe New Lodge, Ashdown Park1891 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Emma Heath, F, Wife, married, age 29, born Groombridge, KentEmma Heath [Cloke]
William J Heath, M, Son, age 8, born Withyham, Sussex; occupation: scholarWilliam John Heath
Leonard Heath, M, Son, age 6, born Ashurst, Kent; occupation: scholarLeonard Heath
Nelson F Heath, M, Son, age 4, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarNelson Frank Heath
Lily E Heath, F, Daughter, age 2, born Hartfield, SussexLily Elizabeth Heath
Violet E Heath, F, Daughter, age 8 months, born Hartfield, SussexViolet Ethel Heath

5th Apr 1891CensusJohn Stevens, M, Head, married, age 61, born Chailey, Sussex; occupation: farmerJohn Stevens, farmerWater Farm, Ashdown Forest1891 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Adelaide Stevens, F, Wife, married, age 56, born Barcombe, SussexAdelaide Stevens
Henry A Stevens, M, Son, age 16, born Barcombe, Sussex; occupation: farmer's sonHenry A Stevens
Hettie Stevens, F, Daughter, age 12, born Barcombe, Sussex; occupation: scholarHettie Stevens

5th Apr 1891CensusJames Everest, M, Head, married, age 22, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: general labourerJames Everest, general labourerBackfords Farm, Ashdown House1891 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Fanny Everest, F, Wife, married, age 24, born Woolwich, KentFanny Everest
Harriett Everest, F, Daughter, age 1, born Hartfield, SussexHarriett Everest

5th Apr 1891CensusAmbrose Divall, M, Head, single, age 69, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: FarmerAmbrose DivallBackfords Farm, Ashdown House1891 Census
Hartfield, Sussex

c 1899Ashdown Park, Sussex - c 1899Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1899 by Ordnance SurveyAshdown Park

1908Ashdown Forest HotelAshdown Forest Hotel, Forest Row photographed by Francis Frith
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