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:

Barrow and Puxty family records by Jim Smith
Fry family records by Ronald Newbould
Dadswell family records by Kathleen Hilborn
Shoebridge family records by Peter Card
Simmons family records by Steve McCready
Smither family records by Eileen Blythe
Puxty family parish records
Luck family parish records
Shoebridge family parish records
Weston family parish records
Ashby family parish records
136 pictures, photographs and postcards by Jim Smith
Westerham Wills - 1444 to 1849

Genealogical Pedigrees

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

Adams - 1513
Akehurst - 1234
Alcorn & Alchorne - 1454
Allan - 830
Arnold - 528
Ashby - 2169
Ashdown - 1123
Atheral - 169
Attree - 111
Austin - 2130
Averey - 438
Avis - 848
Bailey - 777
Baker - 4276
Baldwin - 1037
Barber - 392
Barfoot & Burfoot - 428
Barham - 419
Barnes - 477
Barrow - 611
Bassett - 748
Bedwell - 130
Beeching - 157
Bellingham - 832
Berry - 361
Berwick - 248
Best - 414
Bish & Bysshe - 476
Bishop - 663
Boarer & Bowrah - 593
Bones - 291
Bowles - 265
Box - 401
Bridger - 865
Bristow - 262
Bromley - 313
Brook & Brooks - 1049
Brooker - 2398
Brooman - 271
Brown - 2491
Bryant - 366
Budgen - 931
Burges - 1454
Burr - 320
Callow - 177
Cambridge & Combridge - 220
Card - 1540
Catt - 911
Cheasman & Cheesemer - 430
Chesson - 106
Chewtor & Chuter - 232
Chillman - 105
Clapson - 480
Clout - 303
Cole - 1266
Coleman - 693
Cork - 1090
Cornwell - 725
Couchman - 520
Cox - 644
Crittall - 285
Crouch - 488
Croucher - 100
Crowhurst - 861
Curd - 504
Dadswell - 1072
Dann - 1001
Daw - 563
Delves - 548
Denman - 227
Devall, Divall & Duvall - 984
Dibley - 186
Diplock & Duplock - 821
Doust - 189
Dumsday & Doomsday - 64
Eade - 399
Eastwood - 578
Edwards - 1754
Eldridge - 1025
Ellis - 1507
Everest - 1181
Fairway - 60
Farmer & Fermor - 1338
Farrant - 385
Fenner - 697
Fever - 142
Field & Field-Buss - 1246
Fowle - 207
Fowler - 203
Frost - 569
Fry - 1599
Funnel - 1140
Gabriel - 174
Gilbert - 790
Godley - 386
Golden & Golding - 317
Goldsmith - 1396
Gorham - 112
Gravat - 105
Gray & Grey - 239
Groombridge - 1021
Grove & Groves - 553
Grover - 378
Gurr - 545
Guy - 559
Haffenden - 657
Hailer & Haylor - 352
Haiselden, Hasleden & Hazledon - 716
Hall - 1462
Hallet - 285
Harden & Harding - 638
Hardwick - 71
Harman - 1272
Harmer - 1421
Hartfield - 518
Hawkins - 456
Heasman - 1683
Heath - 701
Heathfield - 272
Hebden & Hobden - 628
Helmesley - 685
Hider & Hyder - 654
Hilder - 299
Hill - 1300
Histed - 273
Hoadley - 851
Hoath - 578
Hobbs - 1068
Hollamby - 857
Holmewood - 1226
Hook - 810
Hooker - 452
Hudson & Hutson - 597
Humphrey & Umphrey - 1557
Izzard - 561
Jarratt - 377
Jarvis - 821
Jeffrey - 2209
Jenner - 3430
Jenner-Akehurst - 54
Kidd - 209
Kidder - 231
Killick - 1075
Langridge - 2350
Lavender - 532
Le May - 84
Leaves - 336
Leonard & Lennard - 264
Letchford & Lutchford - 101
Leveson & Leveson-Gower - 95
Luck - 1119
Lulham - 203
Mackellow, Mancktelow, Mantelow & McKellow - 891
Markwick - 637
Marten & Martin - 3003
Mascall - 297
Meopham - 782
Mercer - 1337
Michelborne - 100
Miles - 1362
Molineux - 114
Moon - 1748
Morphew - 247
Morris - 877
Muddle - 530
Napp & Knapp - 156
Nash - 307
Neville - 255
Newington - 418
Noakes - 797
Novis & Novice - 526
Obbard - 102
Packham & Peckham - 1477
Page, Page Mitchell & Paige - 1782
Pariss & Parrish - 778
Parker - 1522
Patenden - 591
Peacock - 310
Pearless - 478
Penfold & Pennifold - 612
Pett - 130
Piddlesden - 230
Pilbeam - 816
Piper - 2318
Plain - 68
Pocknell & Pucknell - 297
Pollington - 288
Pratt - 606
Price - 431
Puxty - 337
Quickenden & Quittenden - 298
Ralf, Realf, Relph & Rolfe - 1381
Ranger - 219
Rebbeck - 72
Ridley - 359
Rivers - 140
Rogers & Rodger - 1307
Rummens & Rumings - 343
Sackville & Sackville-West - 213
Sale - 969
Sandal - 152
Sawyer - 572
Shaw - 332
Shelley - 121
Sherley, Shirley & Shurley - 94
Shoebridge - 564
Spence & Spencer - 325
Spice - 352
Spittal - 187
Stapley - 1078
Stephens & Stevens - 1789
Stephenson & Stevenson - 811
Streater - 774
Streatfeild, Streatfield & Stratfield - 844
Tanner - 213
Taylor - 3072
Tribe - 58
Turk - 485
Turner - 3099
Twiner - 109
Underwood - 195
Vidler & Vitler - 533
Vigor - 219
Vine & Vyne - 399
Waite - 170
Walfare - 397
Walter - 1157
Watson - 691
Weeks & Weakes - 701
Weeding & Weeden - 144
Weller - 1759
Wenham & Whenham - 345
Weston - 1768
Whapham - 69
Wheatley - 1173
Wickenden - 1335
Wickens - 1853
Wicker - 248
Wickerson - 49
Wigmore - 88
Wilmshurst - 639
Woodham - 981
Wren - 624

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: 1379696

The Weald is at  Database version 10.8 which has ongoing updates to the 372,868 people; 9,000 places; 613 maps; 3,136 pictures, engravings and photographs; and 240 books loaded in the previous version

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