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1902Historical Notes of Withyham, Hartfield and Ashdown Forest by C. N. Suttonp. 120

Historical records

1597FreeholderJohn EwridgeEwridge of the HillBuckhurst Terrier
John Ewridge holds by deed the tenement called the Ewridge of the Hill, 40 acres, bounds:
  • Queen's highway from Sommerfourde to Blackham Common to the East and South
  • the land of co-heirs of Richard Dunton called Beaches to the West
  • Lord Buckhurst's lands called Tye Farm to the North
Rent 10s 1 1/2d.

c 1597North West of The Manor of Blackham, The Manor of Buckhurst - c 1597Part of the maps produced in 1597 in the Buckhurst TerrierEwridge on the Hill

c 1825Blackham, Sussex - c 1825Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1825 by Christopher and John GreenwoodHighfield Farm

1838CensusHead; occupation GentlemanRichard PriceHighfield Lodge1838 Census
Blackham/Lyewood, Sussex

1838CensusHead; belongs to Hartfield Parish; occupation: labourerJohn Marshal, labourerNear Highfield Lodge1838 Census
Blackham/Lyewood, Sussex
Employed by General Maitland
1838CensusWife; deceased 1838; belongs to Hartfield ParishMary Marshal
1838CensusThree at home9 children Marshal

1838CensusHead; belongs to Withyham Parish; occupation: gardenerChristopher Heat, farm labourerHighfield Lodge East Gate1838 Census
Blackham/Lyewood, Sussex
Employed by Richard Price of Highfield Lodge
1838CensusWife; belongs to Withyham ParishElisabeth Heat [Payne]
Keeps a little school of about 14 scholars at 3d a week; teaches reading and needlework
1838CensusMary Heat
1838CensusLouisa Heat
1838CensusChristopher Heat

1838CensusHead; belongs to Aberystwith Parish; occupation GardenerDavid ThomasHighfield Lodge West Gate1838 Census
Blackham/Lyewood, Sussex
Employed by Richard Price of Highfield Lodge
1838CensusWife; belongs to Aberystwith ParishAnn Thomas

6th Jun 1841CensusJonathan Brown, M, Head, age 30 to 34, born Sussex; occupation: bailiffJonathan Brown, bailiffHighfield Park Lodge1841 Census
Withyham, Sussex
6th Jun 1841CensusPhiladelphia Brown, F, [Wife], age 25 to 29, born SussexPhiladelphia Brown [Medhurst]

6th Jun 1841CensusRichard Price, M, Head, age 60 to 64; occupation IndependentRichard PriceHighfield House1841 Census
Withyham, Sussex
6th Jun 1841CensusMary Ann Price, F, [Wife], age 65 to 69Mary Ann Price
6th Jun 1841CensusThomas Carter, M, age 45 to 49, occupation: independentThomas Carter, independent
6th Jun 1841CensusEliza Carter, F, [Lodger's wife], age 40 to 44Eliza Carter
6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Carter, M, [Lodger's son], age 15 to 19William Carter
6th Jun 1841CensusRobert Hitchcock, M, age 30 to 34; occupation: servantRobert Hitchcock
6th Jun 1841CensusEdmund Ludlow, M, age 60 to 64; occupation: servantEdmund Ludlow
6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam N/K, M, age 40 to 44; occupation ServantWilliam N/K
6th Jun 1841CensusDavid Norman, M, age 40 to 44; occupation ServantDavid Norman
6th Jun 1841CensusJane Blowhard, F, age 30 to 34, occupation: servantJane Blowhard
6th Jun 1841CensusEllen Tiplady, F, age 50 to 54; occupation ServantEllen Tiplady
6th Jun 1841CensusSusan Sargeant, F, age 15 to 19; occupation ServantSusan Sargeant
6th Jun 1841CensusMr Croucher, M, [Lodger], age 40 to 44; occupation: gardenerMr Croucher, gardener
6th Jun 1841CensusSophia Croucher, F, [Lodger's wife], age 30 to 34Sophia Croucher
6th Jun 1841CensusJohn Croucher, M, [Lodger's son], age 8John Croucher

1851Price, Richard, esq.Richard PriceHigh Fields ParkPost Office Directory

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation Land proprietorRichard PriceHighfields Park1851 Census
Withyham, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusWifeEmily Price [Burgoyne]
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation: servantSarah Ann Cork
30th Mar 1851CensusVisitorMary Ann Deacon
30th Mar 1851CensusServantElizabeth Hawkins
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation: footmanJohn Heath
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation CoachmanJohn Sturges
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation: cookMary Weller
30th Mar 1851CensusServantLucy Parsons

1874Directory entryDrummond Cecil, Highfield parkHighfield parkPost Office Directory

c 1875Highfield Park, North of Withyham - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyHighfield Park

3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas Floyd, M, Head, married, age 42, born Tudely, employs 1 labourer; occupation: farmerThomas Floyd, farmerHighfields Park Mansion1881 Census
Withyham, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusCharlotte Floyd, F, Wife, married, age 40, born WadhurstCharlotte Floyd

3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam Austin, M, Head, married, age 28, born Cowden; occupation: gardenerWilliam Austin, gardenerHighfields Park Cottage1881 Census
Withyham, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusFanny Austin, F, Wife, married, age 25, born CowdenFrances Austin [Jenner]
3rd Apr 1881CensusAnnie Austin, F, Daughter, age 5, born Withyham; occupation: scholarAnnie Austin
3rd Apr 1881CensusHester E. Austin, F, Daughter, age 3, born WithyhamEsther Ellen Austin
3rd Apr 1881CensusElias W. Austin, M, Son, age 2, born WithyhamElias William Austin

3rd Apr 1881CensusObed Farmer, M, Head, married, age 28, born Withyham; occupation: farm labourerObediah Farmer, farm labourerHighfields Park Cottage1881 Census
Withyham, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusRuth Farmer, F, Wife, married, age 27, born East GrinsteadRuth Farmer [Huggett]
3rd Apr 1881CensusMinnie Farmer, F, Daughter, age 5, born Withyham; occupation: scholarMinnie Farmer
3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Farmer, M, Son, age 2, born WithyhamGeorge Farmer
3rd Apr 1881CensusFrederick Farmer, M, Son, age 4 m, born WithyhamFrederick Farmer

3rd Apr 1881CensusHenry Gibb, M, Head, married, age 36, born Cowden; occupation: carpenterHenry Gibb, carpenterHighfields Park Cottage1881 Census
Withyham, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusEliza Gibb, F, Wife, married, age 28, born SurreyEliza Gibb
3rd Apr 1881CensusMildred Gibb, F, Daughter, age 4, born WithyhamMildred Gibb
3rd Apr 1881CensusEmily Gibb, F, Daughter, age 2, born WithyhamEmily Gibb

c 1890Occupation OwnerJames Richard Haig, F.S.A., of Blairhill, Perth and Highfields Park, WithyhamHighfields Park

5th Apr 1891CensusJohn Crocker, M, Head, widowed, age 58, born Scotland; occupation: gardener (domestic servant)John Crocker, gardener (domestic servant)Highfields Park Lodge1891 Census
Withyham, Sussex
5th Apr 1891CensusJean Crocker, F, Daughter, single, age 24, born Scotland; occupation: housekeeperJean Crocker

5th Apr 1891CensusEastman Bell, M, Head, single, age 6, born LondonEastman BellHighfields Park1891 Census
Withyham, Sussex
5th Apr 1891CensusMargeret Nisbet, F, Servant, single, age 48, born Scotland; occupation: HousekeeperMargeret Nisbet
5th Apr 1891CensusAlice Grandvalley, F, Servant, single, age 25, born France; occupation: governessAlice Grandvalley
5th Apr 1891CensusEmily Divall, F, Servant, single, age 17, born Edenbridge, Kent; occupation: general domestic servantEmily Divall
5th Apr 1891CensusGeorge Hoad, M, Servant, widowed, age 55, born Storrington, Sussex; occupation: coachmanGeorge Hoad

5th Apr 1891CensusJessie Divall, M, Head, married, age 46, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: gardenerJesse Divell, gardenerHighfields Park Cottage1891 Census
Withyham, Sussex
5th Apr 1891CensusSally Divall, F, Wife, married, age 41, born Edenbridge, KentSarah Cole Divall [Hoath]
5th Apr 1891CensusFrederick Divall, M, Son, single, age 13, born Blackham, Sussex; occupation: scholarFrederick Thomas Divall
5th Apr 1891CensusFlorence A Divall, F, Daughter, single, age 18, born Blackham, Sussex; occupation: scholarFlorence Alice Divall
5th Apr 1891CensusRose A Divall, F, Daughter, single, age 8, born Blackham, Sussex; occupation: scholarRose Ann Divall
5th Apr 1891CensusEdith Divall, F, Daughter, single, age 6, born Blackham, Sussex; occupation: scholarEdith Agnes Divall
5th Apr 1891CensusLily J Divall, F, Daughter, single, age 4, born Blackham, SussexLily Jane Divall

1896Occupation OwnerLieut-Col David Price Haig, OBE, of Highfields Park, WithyhamHighfields Park

1902HighfieldsHighfield ParkSutton's Historical Notes
A large portion of the Highfields Estate formerly belonged to the Sackville Family, but was sold some years ago [est c 1800] by one of the Earls De La Warr to Mr. [Richard] Price, who had previously erected the present house on adjoining land which was at one time known as Upper Cushmans.
The first house he built was of wood, and was immediately blown down; the present building ..... is of stone and most substantial. From it, magnificent views are obtained of the surrounding country - Tunbridge Wells, Mayfield, Lamberhurst, Crowborough, and many other distant places are clearly visible.
The North Carriage Drive was planted about the year 1858 with Wellingtonias and Limes; the former are magnificent specimens. The Park consists of about 116 acres and has some fine oak trees.
On the death of Mr. Price, Mr J.R. Haig came into the estate, and, dying in 1896, was succeeded by his second son, Mr. David Price Haig ..... to whom nearly all the land in Blackham belongs.

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