The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Ashdown Forest in 1692
Ashdown Forest in 1875

The Weald is "the place where London ends and England can begin"

Thirty miles south of London and half way to the South coast of England lies an area of outstanding natural beauty combined with a fascinating history called the Weald.  This was, to the Saxons of 900AD, part of Andredesweald (the forest of Andred the Roman fort at Pevensey), that stretched from the marshes of Kent to the New Forest in Hampshire - 120 miles long and 30 miles wide. The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex encompasses the Lancaster Great Park formed in 1372 and renamed as the Ashdown Forest in 1672.

This site catalogues the people, places, maps, drawings, engravings, books, writings and numerous lists and directories that are over 70 years old into an integrated database of information about one of the most attractive parts of England - The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex. In addition, the site and its many contributors have derived extensive familial relationships and pedigrees which can be of great use for genealogical study and research. Where appropriate, the viewer should verify the information presented by consulting the original sources that are noted at every point on this site.

The navigation bar at the top of this page (and every page on this site) give access to all of this information. Records can also be searched for from this page or from the dedicated search page.

Latest additions to the web site:

1911 census for Crowborough, Groombridge and Withyham
Fenner family records by Paul Clarke
Verrall parish records

Genealogical Pedigrees

The surname also includes alternative spelling and the count is the number of people

Adams - 1553
Akehurst - 1238
Alcorn & Alchorne - 1475
Allan - 857
Arnold - 575
Ashby - 2211
Ashdown - 1158
Atheral - 179
Attree - 116
Austin - 2149
Averey - 446
Avis - 892
Bailey - 807
Baker - 4352
Baldwin - 1059
Barber - 396
Barfoot & Burfoot - 440
Barham - 431
Barnes - 493
Barrow - 615
Bassett - 774
Bedwell - 137
Beeching - 181
Bellingham - 836
Berry - 375
Berwick - 252
Best - 426
Bish & Bysshe - 488
Bishop - 694
Boarer & Bowrah - 618
Bones - 295
Boorman - 524
Bowles - 265
Box - 399
Bridgeland - 404
Bridger - 883
Bristow - 268
Bromley - 317
Brook & Brooks - 1079
Brooker - 2415
Brooman - 283
Brown - 2544
Bryant - 373
Budgen - 1049
Burges - 1472
Burr - 334
Callow - 276
Cambridge & Combridge - 223
Card - 1560
Catt - 919
Cheasman & Cheesemer - 440
Chesson - 106
Chewtor & Chuter - 265
Chillman - 105
Clapson - 482
Clout - 306
Cole - 1288
Coleman - 733
Cork - 1101
Cornwell - 740
Couchman - 528
Coulstock - 203
Cox - 650
Crittall - 318
Crouch - 503
Croucher - 100
Crowhurst - 889
Curd - 507
Dadswell - 1209
Dann - 1006
Daw - 578
Delves - 549
Denman - 230
Devall, Divall & Duvall - 1015
Dibley - 189
Diplock & Duplock - 840
Doust - 192
Dumsday & Doomsday - 64
Eade - 417
Eagle - 124
Eastwood - 583
Edwards - 1858
Eldridge - 1030
Ellis - 1533
Everest - 1225
Fairway - 63
Farmer & Fermor - 1392
Farrant - 393
Fenner - 706
Fever - 142
Field & Field-Buss - 1224
Forward - 325
Fowle - 224
Fowler - 207
Frost - 550
Fry - 1622
Funnel - 1144
Gabriel - 174
Gallard - 124
Gilbert - 835
Godley - 405
Golden & Golding - 321
Goldsmith - 1464
Gorham - 113
Gravat - 105
Gray & Grey - 245
Groombridge - 1045
Grove & Groves - 568
Grover - 378
Gurr - 546
Guy - 562
Haffenden - 655
Hailer & Haylor - 356
Haiselden, Hasleden & Hazledon - 705
Hall - 1776
Hallet - 272
Harden & Harding - 649
Hardwick - 75
Harman - 1326
Harmer - 1425
Hartfield - 499
Hawkins & Hoggins - 482
Heasman - 1705
Heath - 706
Heathfield - 261
Hebden & Hobden - 637
Helmesley - 730
Hider & Hyder - 691
Hilder - 307
Hill - 1349
Histed - 300
Hoadley - 860
Hoath - 636
Hobbs - 1070
Hollamby - 859
Holland - 843
Holmewood - 1253
Hook - 822
Hooker - 458
Hudson & Hutson - 611
Humphrey & Umphrey - 1586
Izzard - 605
Jarratt - 638
Jarvis - 846
Jeffrey - 2228
Jenner - 3448
Jenner-Akehurst - 54
Kidd - 210
Kidder - 231
Killick - 1113
Langridge - 2371
Latter - 1114
Lavender - 533
Le May - 140
Leaves - 340
Leonard & Lennard - 264
Letchford & Lutchford - 101
Leveson & Leveson-Gower - 95
Luck - 1128
Lulham - 210
Mackellow, Mancktelow, Mantelow & McKellow - 978
Mancer - 574
Markwick - 653
Marten & Martin - 3681
Mascall - 284
Meopham - 1234
Mercer - 1355
Michelborne - 100
Miles, Mills, Millis, Myles & Mighells - 2233
Molineux - 114
Moon - 1757
Morphew - 271
Morris - 886
Muddle - 540
Napp & Knapp - 163
Nash - 319
Neville - 258
Newington - 417
Noakes - 812
Novis & Novice - 526
Obbard - 120
Packham & Peckham - 1693
Page, Page Mitchell & Paige - 1834
Paine & Payne - 1779
Pariss & Parrish - 794
Parker - 1490
Patenden - 598
Peacock - 311
Pearless - 500
Penfold & Pennifold - 618
Pett - 133
Piddlesden - 246
Pilbeam - 859
Piper - 2342
Plain - 68
Pocknell & Pucknell - 298
Pollington - 312
Pratt - 651
Price - 476
Puxty - 334
Quickenden & Quittenden - 298
Ralf, Realf, Relph & Rolfe - 2402
Ranger - 223
Rebbeck - 72
Ridley - 387
Rivers - 141
Rogers & Rodger - 1336
Rummens & Rumings - 344
Sackville & Sackville-West - 213
Sales - 982
Sandal - 152
Sands - 852
Saunder - 1397
Sawyer - 615
Sellens - 220
Shaw - 374
Shelley - 122
Sherley, Shirley & Shurley - 96
Shoebridge - 587
Spence & Spencer - 327
Spice - 354
Spittal - 193
Stapley - 1089
Stephens & Stevens - 1849
Stephenson & Stevenson - 840
Streater - 787
Streatfeild, Streatfield & Stratfield - 846
Tanner - 231
Tasker - 323
Taylor - 3214
Tribe - 58
Turk - 520
Turner - 3171
Twiner - 123
Underwood - 197
Verall - 428
Vidler & Vitler - 542
Vigor - 220
Vinall - 403
Vine & Vyne - 401
Waite - 177
Walfare - 446
Walter - 1208
Watson - 707
Weeks & Weakes - 711
Weeding & Weeden - 150
Weller - 1783
Wenham & Whenham - 366
Weston - 1794
Whapham - 69
Wheatley - 1148
Wickenden - 1335
Wickens - 1943
Wicker - 253
Wickerson - 50
Wigmore - 57
Wilmshurst - 660
Woodham - 981
Wren - 606

Submissions by contributors, records from the 1841 through 1911 census and Parish records from 1550 for the selected surnames listed above have been cross referred to establish their genealogical pedigrees.
These are being continually enhanced and expanded as new information and research becomes available.

The records of a further 7,500 surnames are also made available for reference purposes.

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Boyd Alexander
1873-1910
Explorer and ornithologist

Boyd Alexander
Field Marshall Jeffrey Amherst
1716/7-1797
North America Commander

Jeffrey Amherst
Jane Austen
1775-1817
Author

Jane Austen
Sir John Baker
c1488-1558
Bloody Baker

Sir John Baker
Wilfrid Ball
1853-1917
Painter

Wilfrid Ball

Sir William Burrell
1732-1796
Antiquarian

Sir William Burrell
Anne Boleyn
1501-1536
Queen of England

Anne Boleyn
Decimus Burton
1800-1881
Architect

Decimus Burton
Lt-Col. John By
1779-1836
Military engineer

Lt-Col. John By
Florence Emily Carlyle
1864-1923
Painter

Florence Emily Carlyle

Thomas Downes Wilmot Dearn
1777 - 1853
Author, Artist and Architect

Thomas Downes Wilmot Dearn
Conan Doyle
1859-1930
Author

Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle
Charles Burgess Fry
1872-1956
Cricketer and journalist

Charles Burgess Fry
John 'Mad Jack' Fuller
1757-1834
Parliamentarian and patron of the arts

Mad Jack Fuller
S.H. Grimm
1733-1794
Topographical artist

S.H. Grimm

Charles Hardinge
1858-1944
Diplomast and Viceroy of India

Charles Hardinge
Frederick Daniel Hardy
1827-1911
Cranbrook Colony Painter

Frederick Daniel Hardy
Minnie Louise Haskins
1875-1957
Poet and welfare worker

Minnie Louise Haskins
Edward Hasted
1732-1812
Historian

Edward Hasted
Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I
1609-1669
Royal patronage of the 'Wells'

Henrietta Maria

John Baker Holroyd
1st Earl of Sheffield
1735-1821
Politician, writer and owner of Sheffield Park

John Baker Holroyd
John Callcott Horsley
1817-1903
Cranbrook Colony Painter

John Callcott Horsley
Richard Jefferies
1848-1887
Naturallist and author

Richard Jefferies
Sir Andrew Judde
c1492-1558
Founder of Tonbridge School

Sir Andrew Judde
Richard Kidder
1633/4-1703
Bishop of Bath and Wells

Richard Kidder

Rudyard Kipling
1865-1936
Author

Rudyard Kipling
Vicesimus Knox, D.D.
1752-1821
Headmaster of Tonbridge School and writer

Vicesimus Knox
William Lambarde
1536-1601
Antiquarian and lawyer

William Lambarde
Mark Antony Lower
1813-1876
Antiquarian and author

Mark Antony Lower
Ebenezer Littleton
1831-1920
Pastor

Ebenezer Littleton

Louisa Martindale
1839-1914
Liberal and Nonconformist

Louisa Martindale
A.A.Milne
1882-1956
Author

A.A. Milne
Richard "Beau" Nash
1674-1761
Dandy of the Georgian era

Beau Nash
Coventry Patmore
1823-1896
Poet

Coventry Patmore
Charles Leeson Prince
1821-1899
Surgeon and antiquarian

Charles Leeson Prince

Richard Realf
1832-1878
Abolitionist and poet

Richard Realf
Sir Thomas Sackville
1536-1608
Statesman and poet

Sir Thomas Sackville
Vita Sackville-West
1892-1962
Poet, author and gardener

Vita Sackville-West
Dorothy Sidney, Countess of Sunderland
1617-1684
'Sacharissa'

Sacharissa
Siegfried Sassoon
1886-1967
Novelist and poet

Siegfried Sassoon

William Tarbutt
1810-1893
Basket maker and historian

William Tarbutt
William Makepeace Thackeray
1811-1863
Author

William Makepeace Thackeray
Rev Edward Turner
1794-1872
Antiquarian

Reverend Edward Turner
Thomas Webster
1800-1886
Cranbrook Colony Painter

Thomas Webster
Lt.-Gen. James Wolfe
1727-1759
"Liberator of Quebec"

Lt.-Gen. James Wolfe

People of note documents the lives of over ninety individuals who have made significant contributions to the Weald and includes:

Maps of the Weald commence in the 16th century courtesy of the Buckhurst Terrier and other historical sources. The 18th century sees the beginning of detailed 1 inch to 1 mile maps and this site records the Richard Budgen maps of 1724, the William Gardner and Thomas Gream maps of 1795, the Christopher and John Greenwood maps of 1825 and cross refers these to the  6 inch to 1 mile Ordnance Survey maps produced in the 1870s and 1890s.  Over 300 maps are available on this site.

1724

Crowborough - c 1724
1795

Crowborough - c 1795
1825

Crowborough - c 1825
1875

Crowborough - c 1875
1899

Crowborough - c 1899
Over 2,500 Pictures, engravings and photographs of the Weald have been encoded into the database and identifiable locations have been cross-referred with the Weald database.

Rotherfield - 1785

Withyham - 1783

Eridge Castle - 1830

Mayfield - 1892

Wadhurst - 1906


Tonbridge - 1900

Tunbridge Wells - 1718

Speldhurst - 1900

Westerham - 1905

Sevenoaks - 1905

Over 210 Books and documents about the Weald have been encoded into the database and identifiable locations and people have been cross-referred with the Weald database.

The History of Kent - Vol III

The History of Kent - Vol V

Edenbridge

Tunbridge Wells

Cobbett's Rural Rides


Tunbridge Wells and its Neighbourhood

The Ashdown Forest Dispute

Country Houses of Kent

English Homes and Villages (Kent & Sussex)

The Story of Wadhurst


The History of Sussex

The Worthies of Sussex

Highways & Byways in Sussex

Rotherfield

Buxted the Beautiful


The Story of Crowborough

The Buckhurst Terrier

Frant - A Parish history

The History of East Grinstead

Kelly's Directory

To quote Richard Jefferies from his essay on Buckhurst Park -

"This wild tract of Ashdown Forest bears much resemblance to Exmoor; you may walk, or you may ride, for hours and meet no one; and if black game were to start up it would not surprise you in the least. There seems room enough to chase the red stag from Buckhurst Park with horn and hound till, mayhap, he ended in the sea at Pevensey. Buckhurst Park is the centre of this immense manor. ........... Here and there a house stands, as it seems, alone in the world on the Forest ridge, thousands of acres of heather around, the deep weald underneath - as at Duddleswell, a look-out, as it were, over the earth. Forest Row, where they say the courtiers had their booths in ancient hunting days; Forest-Fold, Boar's-head Street, Greenwood Gate - all have a forest sound; and what prettier name could there be than Sweet-Haws? Greybirchet Wood, again; Mossbarn, Highbroom, and so on. Out­lying woods in every direction are fragments of the forest, you cannot get away from it; and look over whatever gate you will, there is always a view. ........ Clouds drift over; it is a wonderful observatory for cloud studies; they seem so close, the light is so strong, and there is nothing to check the sight as far as its powers will reach. Clouds come up no wider than a pasture-field, but in length stretching out to the very horizon, dividing the blue sky into two halves; but then every day has its different clouds - the fleets of heaven that are always sailing on and know no haven"

This site is dedicated to presenting the records of the Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex that are more than 70 years old and in the public domain. It was launched in May 2003 and is continually being updated with more information about the Weald as it becomes available from transcriptions of Census data, Parish records, Pictures, Photographs, Maps, Books and many other documents.

Thanks also to over four hundred and seventy people who have kindly contributed much additional information to the site.

Such contributions are welcome from all by E-mail Visitor number since 30th May 2003: 2125879

The Weald is at  Database version 12.4 which has ongoing updates to the 379,932 people; 9,000 places; 613 maps; 3,308 pictures, engravings and photographs; and 244 books loaded in the previous version

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