The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
William Manners, farm labourer
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12th May 1803
In the Parish of Fletching, Sussex
2nd July 1826
Harriet Budgen at St. Giles Parish Church in the Parish of Horsted Keynes, Sussex
Horsted Keynes Marriage Registers
6th June 1841
At Greenfield Cottage in the Parish of Fletching, Sussex; William Manners, M, Head, age 30 to 34, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourer
1841 Census
Fletching, Sussex
30th March 1851
At Caslens Common in the Parish of Fletching, Sussex; Head; occupation: farm labourer
1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
At Sheffield Lodge
Ashdown 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:

Manners, William. 76. Living at Sheffield Lodge, Fletching. Born at Furners Green, Fletching, 12 May 1803 and baptised at Fletching. When I was about 10 I went to service with Mr. Everest at Sliders Farm (Lord Sheffield) for 6 1/2 (years) as carter boy and carter. He had 13 or 14 loads of litter regularly every winter from the Forest. I used to go for it, also for turf for fuel. He drove stock on the Forest every summer. I used to have to go up every week to look after them. I then went to service for 6 months with Mr. Kenward, carrier at Furners Green, where he had two little farms - the Grouts (now Lord Sheffield) and another. During that time I fetched litter from the Forest for him. I then went away to Lindfield for 6 months and after that I came to Northlands (Lord Sheffield) occupied by George Holford for a year and worked as carter and carried 13 or 14 loads of litter for him from the Forest. I then went for 6 months to North Wales and then came back to Lindfield and got married at Michaelmas and remained there 6 months. Then I went to Latchets Farm (Wyatt of [?]) in Horsted Keynes under Mr. Sam Coppard for 6 months. Then I returned to Lindfield 6 months. Then I returned to Latchetts for a short time again. Mr. Coppard had litter and turf off the Forest. I then married again and continued to work for him for a few months. Then I went to a farm near Freshfield Wharf for 3 years and then I went to Mr. Mabbott at Forest Farm near Chelwood Gate for about 3 months. Mr. Mabbott had litter from off the Forest.

Then I came to Colonel Davis at Heaven Farm about 4 months. He had litter off the Forest, and then a fortnight before Christmas 1829 I came to work under the 1st Lord Sheffield and have worked for his family ever since. I lived at Sheffield Green for the last 43 years.


3rd April 1881
At Sheffield Green Cottage in the Parish of Fletching, Sussex; Wiliam Manners, M, Boarder, widowed, age 77, born Surrey; occupation: farm labourer
1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex

No ancestor's report
No descendent's report
Manner, Manners, Manor, Manners-Sutton individual records

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