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1822Occupation LabourerWilliam WelfareGrisling CommonIan Harvey's records

c 1825Fletching and Marefield, Sussex - c 1825Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1825 by Christopher and John GreenwoodGrislings Common

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; widowed; employs 1 person; occupation: farmerCharles Shaw, farrierGrizeldens1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughter; occupation: housekeeperSusanna Shaw
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation: farm labourerSamuel Baker

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: retired sawyerGeorge Langridge, sawyerGrizeldens Common1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusWifeJane Langridge [Pane]
30th Mar 1851CensusSon; occupation: sawyerCharles Langridge, sawyer
30th Mar 1851CensusLodger's wifeCaroline Staplehurst
30th Mar 1851CensusLodger; occupation Farm labourerStephen Staplehurst

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farmer's carterRichard Martin, farmer's carterGrizeldens Common1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusWifeEllen Martin
30th Mar 1851CensusLodger; occupation: sawyerThomas Langridge, sawyer
30th Mar 1851CensusLodger's wifeMary Anne Langridge [Turner]
30th Mar 1851CensusLodger's sonAlexander (Alick) Langridge

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; widowed; occupation Farm labourerJohn ThorpeGrizeldens1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation Farm labourerJohn ThorpGrizeldens1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusWifeMary Thorpe [Teague]
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughter; sick since diedBarbara Thorpe
30th Mar 1851CensusSon; occupation LABOURERJohn Thorpe
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughter; occupation ScholarSarah Thorpe
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughter; occupation ScholarElizabeth Thorpe
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughter; occupation ScholarHarriet Thorpe

c 1875Piltdown, South West of Maresfield - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyGrisling Common

1879RecollectionsJohn ThorpGrislingsAshdown 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:

Thorp, John. 71. Grislings. My Father and Mother when I was a boy lived at Brownings, 8 acres, at Grislings Common, then belonging to Kenward of Ridgewood Farm, Uckfield. Our family lived there nearly 100 years. My Father left it in 1829. I was born and brought up there. Kenward used the land. I well remember that while I lived there Kenward always summered his stock on the Forest and used to fetch litter every year from the Forest to litter them down. It was all grass.

After my Father and Mother left the house the land was let to Charles Shaw (dead).

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3rd Apr 1881CensusStephen Staplehurst, M, Head, married, age 63, born Ringmer; occupation Farm labourerStephen StaplehurstGrislings Common1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusCaroline Staplehurst, F, Wife, married, age 58, born FletchingCaroline Staplehurst
3rd Apr 1881CensusDennis Staplehurst, M, Son, single, age 24, born Fletching; occupation Farm labourerDennis Staplehurst
3rd Apr 1881CensusRoss Staplehurst, M, Son, single, age 22, born Fletching; occupation Farm labourerRoss Staplehurst
3rd Apr 1881CensusLuna H. Staplehurst, F, Daughter, single, age 20, born Fletching, unemployed; occupation Domestic ServantLuna H. Staplehurst

3rd Apr 1881CensusTrayton Weston, M, Head, married, age 65, born Fletching; occupation: farmerTrayton Weston, master shoemakerGrislings Common1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusElizth. Weston, F, Wife, married, age 63, born FletchingElizabeth Weston [Dumbrill]
3rd Apr 1881CensusAda M. Weston, F, Daughter, single, age 24, born FletchingAda M. Weston
3rd Apr 1881CensusAnn Ellis, F, Lodger, widowed, age 79, born FletchingAnn Ellis

3rd Apr 1881CensusJas. Maynard, M, Head, widowed, age 80, born Rotherfield; occupation: farm bailiffJames Maynard, farm bailiffGrislings Common1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusHannah Hampton, F, Boarder, widowed, age 65, born Chiddingly; occupation: housekeeperHannah Hampton

3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Marchant, M, Head, married, age 41, born Fletching; occupation: farm labourerJohn Marchant, farm labourerGrislings Common1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusAnn Marchant, F, Wife, married, age 39Ann Marchant
3rd Apr 1881CensusWm. Marchant, M, Son, age 8, born Piltdown; occupation: scholarWilliam Marchant
3rd Apr 1881CensusAnnie Marchant, F, Daughter, age 6, born Piltdown; occupation: scholarAnnie Marchant
3rd Apr 1881CensusJas. Marchant, M, Son, age 4, born PiltdownJames Marchant
3rd Apr 1881CensusBessie Marchant, F, Daughter, age 1, born PiltdownBessie Marchant

3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Thorpe, M, Head, widowed, age 72, born Fletching; occupation LabourerJohn ThorpGrislings Common1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary Mitchell, F, Sister, widowed, age 66, born Fletching; occupation: housekeeperMary Mitchell [Thorp]
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary Mitchell, F, Sister, widowed, age 66, born Fletching; occupation: housekeeperMary Mitchell
3rd Apr 1881CensusAnn Thorpe, F, Sister, single, age 60, born Fletching, invalidAnn Thorp

3rd Apr 1881CensusMary A. Welsh, F, Head, widowed, age 66, born Hastings; occupation HousekeeperMary A. WelshGrislings Common1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusWm. Welsh, M, Son, single, age 31, born Fletching; occupation Farm labourerWilliam Welsh
3rd Apr 1881CensusClara Welsh, F, Daughter, single, age 23, born Fletching, handicap: imbecileClara Welsh
3rd Apr 1881CensusMark Welsh, M, Son, single, age 20, born Fletching; occupation Farm labourerMark Welsh
3rd Apr 1881CensusHy. Welsh, M, Grandson, age 7, born Fletching; occupation ScholarHenry Welsh

3rd Apr 1881CensusWm. Stevens, M, Head, married, age 29, born Buxted; occupation CarterWilliam StevensGrislings Common1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusEmily Stevens, F, Wife, married, age 26, born FletchingEmily Stevens
3rd Apr 1881CensusEllen Stevens, F, Daughter, age 1, born KentEllen Stevens

3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas Grover, M, Head, married, age 57, born Fletching; occupation: farm labourerThomas Grover, farm labourerGrislings Common1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusElizth.Ann Grover, F, Wife, married, age 53, born Horsted KeynesElizabeth Ann Grover [Langridge]
3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn F. Grover, M, Son, single, age 24, born Fletching; occupation: grocer's assistantJohn Frederic Grover, labourer

3rd Apr 1881CensusAnn Humphrey, F, Head, single, age 57, born West Chiltington; occupation HousekeeperAnn HumphreyGrislings Common1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Stapeley, M, Boarder, single, age 30, born Fletching; occupation: farm labourerJohn Stapeley

3rd Apr 1881CensusAnne Buckman, F, Lodger (Head), married, age 48, born Fletching, occupation: seamstressAnne BuckmanGrislings Common1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex

3rd Apr 1881CensusRichd. Martin, M, Head, married, age 55, born Newick; occupation: roadman and labourerRichard Martin, roadman and labourerGrislings Common1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusEllen Martin, F, Wife, married, age 51, born LindfieldEllen Martin
3rd Apr 1881CensusEmma E. Martin, F, Daughter, age 8, born Fletching; occupation: scholarEmma E. Martin
3rd Apr 1881CensusSidney G. Brown, M, Grandson, age 6, born Piltdown; occupation: scholarSidney G. Brown
3rd Apr 1881CensusPeter Woodhall, M, Lodger, married, age 37, born Staffordshire; occupation Farm labourerPeter Woodhall

3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Curd, M, Head, widowed, age 56, born Maresfield; occupation: farm labourerGeorge Curd, farm labourerGrislings Common1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusAlfred O. Curd, M, Son, single, age 16, born Fletching; occupation: farm labourerAlfred Owen Curd
3rd Apr 1881CensusJane Jones, F, Housekeeper, widowed, age 60, born Rotherfield; occupation: housekeeperJane Jones

3rd Apr 1881CensusCharles Hobbs, M, Head, married, age 34, born Maresfield; occupation: farm labourerCharles Hobbs, farm labourerGrislings Common1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusEmma Hobbs, F, Wife, married, age 25, born NewickEmily Hobbs [Hodges]
3rd Apr 1881CensusEmma Hobbs, F, Daughter, age 5, born MaresfieldEmma Hobbs
3rd Apr 1881CensusEdwd. Hobbs, M, Son, age 3, born MaresfieldArthur Edward Hobbs
3rd Apr 1881CensusWm. Hobbs, M, Son, age 4 m, born FletchingWilliam Hobbs
3rd Apr 1881CensusGeo. Hoges, M, Son, age 9, born East GrinsteadGeorge Hoges

3rd Apr 1881CensusEdwd. Comber, M, Head, married, age 60, born Fletching, occupation: farm labourerEdward Comber, farm labourerGrislings Common1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusCharlotte Comber, F, Wife, married, age 57, born Tunbridge WellsCharlotte Comber

1888Directory entryCooper, George, junr., Grislings CommonGrislings CommonBrooker's Guide

1888Directory entryCooper, George, senr., Grislings CommonGrislings CommonBrooker's Guide

1888Directory entryHomewood, Thomas, farmer and higgler, Grislings CommonGrislings CommonBrooker's Guide

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