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1296Subsidy/tax list3s 2 1/4dSauer atte FordeForde, Village of Suthborgh, Hundred of RetherfeldPullein's Rotherfield

1597FreeholderAnthony FowleFoordeBuckhurst Terrier
Anthony Fowle holds by deed land called Foorde land, 40 acres, bounds:-
  • land of John Burges of Brooke near Shirt Cross to the North
  • a certain place called a gill running from the land to the Upper Pond to the East
  • river from Tibbs Bridge to Little Bucksted forge to the South
  • Queens highway Shurts to Tebbs Bridge to the West
Rent 1 red rose

11th Aug 1790InheritanceffordbrookPullein's Rotherfield
Extract from John Burges Will:
"To my nephew Robert Fry all those my several messuages barns buildings farms etc etc called Brookhouse, Ketches, Kiddersash, Pickpale, Grimes, ffordbrook, Croft and Jumbers in the several parishes of Rotherfield and Buxted now in occupation of John Pollington for ever. Charged with the payment of a clear annuity of forty pounds to niece Martha Bridger and her assigns for her natural life etc. Charged also with payment of one thousand pounds which I give and bequeath to all and every of her children lawfully begotten that shall be living at her decease as they respectively reach the age of twenty one years [Various provision regarding her death childless, or theirs before reaching twenty one, in which case the one thousand pounds went to the children of Jane Paige at twenty one].
To Robert Fry Latter's Wood, Highbeech alias Greenswood my messuage I now dwell in and its lands etc. my messuage in the town of Rotherfield called late Hill's, my messuage in the town of Rotherfield now in occupation of Thomas Langridge. And all other my messuages etc for ever. Provided and I order he shall permit my said niece Martha Bridger to dwell in one end of the said house late Hill's during her natural life paying nothing for the same ... All else of which I die possessed to my nephew Robert Fry charged with payment of an annuity of £4 to my servant man James Turk if he shall be in my service at my death. Also £4 annuity to my maid Hannah Dadswell if (as before)
My nephew Robert Fry executor."

Proved 1790.

21st May 1814InheritanceFordbrookPullein's Rotherfield
Extract from Robert Fry's Will: "To my daughter Mary Hannah [wife of my nephew Thomas Fry] ... my messuage or tenement called Brookhouse, with the cottages ... called by the several names of Brookhouse, Kitches, Kiddersash, Pickpale, Grimes, Fordbrook, Croft and Jumbers, containing by admeasurement 346 acres, 2 roods and 30 perches in parishes of Rotherfield and Buxted now in tenure or occupation of Joseph Wickens ..."
proved 21st May 1814

6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Waters, M, Head, age 42, born Sussex; occupation FarmerWilliam WatersFord Brook1841 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Frances Waters, F, [Wife], age 32, born SussexFrances Waters [Corke]
George Waters, M, [Son], age 11, born SussexGeorge Waters
John B. Waters, M, [Son], age 8, born SussexJohn B Waters
William Waters, M, [Son], age 5, born SussexWilliam Waters
James Waters, M, [Son], age 2, born SussexJames Waters
Harriott Holmwood, F, age 18, born Sussex; occupation: servantHarriett Pilbeam [Holmwood]
William Pilbeam, M, age 21, born Sussex; occupation ServantWilliam Pilbeam, farm labourer
William Card, M, age 18, born Sussex; occupation: servantWilliam Card, farm labourer
William Rogers, M, age 14, born Sussex; occupation ServantWilliam Rogers

30th Mar 1851CensusHead, employs 3 people; occupation: farmerJoseph Field, farmerFordbrook Farm1851 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
WifeCharlotte Field [Field] [Dadswell]
Daughter; occupation: scholarMaria Field
Son; occupation: scholarJoseph Field, farm labourer
Son; occupation: scholarWilliam Field
Daughter; occupation: scholarCharlotte Ann Ginner [Field]
SonRichard Field
SonLewes Luther Field
DaughterJane Field
Mother-in-law, widowedSophia Dadswell [Furner]
Servant; occupation: farm servantAlfred Brooman, farm bailiff
Servant; occupation: farm servantPhillip Filtness
Servant; occupation: farm servantEzra Brooman
Servant; occupation: general servantEliza Brooman [Izzard]

7th Apr 1861CensusThomas Lilley, M, Head, married, age 48, born Blyton, Lincolnshire; occupation: farm labourerThomas Lilley, farm labourerFordbrook1861 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
Mary Lilley, F, Wife, married, age 44, born Sipsey, LincolnshireMary Lilley
James Lilley, M, Son, single, age 16, born Blyton, Lincolnshire; occupation: farm labourerJames Lilley
William Lilley, M, Son, age 13, born Blyton, Lincolnshire; occupation: farm labourerWilliam Lilley

1867Directory entryLilley Joseph, farmer, Ford brookFord brookPost Office Directory

2nd Apr 1871CensusAnn Lilley, F, Head, widowed, age 53, born Sipsey, Lincolnshire; occupation: farmer of 99 acres employing 2 menAnn Lilley, farmerFordbrook1871 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
George Lilley, M, Son, single, age 17, born Corringham, Lincolnshire; occupation: farmer's sonGeorge Lilley
Hannah Maria Lilley, F, Daughter, age 15, born Stamford, Lincolnshire; occupation: farmer's daughterHannah Maria Lilley
Joseph Lilley, M, Son, age 12, born Rotherfield, SussexJoseph Lilley
Emma Elizh Lilley, F, Daughter, age 9, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarEmma Elizabeth Lilley
Henry Hesman, M, Servant, single, age 19, born Mayfield, Sussex; occupation: general servantGeorge Henry Heasman

1874Directory entryJenner Walter, farmer, Ford brookFord brookPost Office Directory

c 1875Fordbrook, Hastingford & Sleeches, South of Crowborough - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyFordbrook

3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Payne, M, Head, married, age 41, born East Grinstead; occupation: railway labourerGeorge Payne, railway labourerRailway Cottages1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Elizabeth Payne, F, Wife, married, age 31, born East GrinsteadElizabeth Payne [Martin]
Agnes P. Payne, F, Daughter, age 11, born Rotherfield; occupation: scholarAgnes P. Turner [Payne]
Sarah E. Payne, F, Daughter, age 8, born Rotherfield; occupation: scholarSarah E. Payne
George W. Payne, M, Son, age 3, born RotherfieldGeorge W. Payne
George Parker, M, Lodger, single, age 29, born Buxted; occupation: farm labourerGeorge Parker, labourer

3rd Apr 1881CensusIsaiah Russell, M, Head, married, age 28, born Buxted; occupation Master wheelwrightIsaiah RussellRailway Cottages1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Rhoda Russell, F, Wife, married, age 23, born RotherfieldRhoda Russell [Field Buss]
Alice A. Russell, F, Daughter, age 2, born RotherfieldAlice Ann Russell
Frederick A. Russell, M, Son, age 4 m, born RotherfieldFrederick A. Russell

3rd Apr 1881CensusJabes Mitchel, M, Head, single, age 26, born Rotherfield; occupation: farmerJabes Mitchel, farmerFoordbrook Farm1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Lucy Wood, F, Serv, single, age 28, born Maresfield; occupation Domestic servantLucy Wood

1882Directory entryMitchell Jabez, farmer, Fordbrook farmFordbrook farmKelly's Directory

5th Apr 1891CensusJohn Mitchell, M, Head, married, age 27, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farmerJohn Mitchell, farmerFordbrook1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Sophia Mitchell, F, Wife, married, age 26, born Rotherfield, SussexSophia Mitchell
Luther James Mitchell, M, Son, age 6, born Rotherfield, SussexLuther James Mitchell
Hephzibah Booker, F, Servant, single, age 20, born Buxted, Sussex, occupation: general domestic servantHephzibah Booker

5th Apr 1891CensusStephen Shuttler, M, Head, married, age 47, born Ringwood, Hampshire; occupation: gamekeeperStephen Shuttler, gamekeeperRailway Cottage, Fordbrook1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Elizabeth Shuttler, F, Wife, married, age 50, born Fordingbridge, HampshireElizabeth Shuttler
Alice Shuttler, F, Daughter, single, age 19, born Fordingbridge, Hampshire; occupation: dressmakerAlice Shuttler
George Shuttler, M, Son, single, age 15, born Fordingbridge, Hampshire; occupation: farm labourerGeorge Shuttler
Ethelbert Shuttler, M, Son, age 12, born Ringwood, Hampshire; occupation: farm labourerEthelbert Shuttler

5th Apr 1891CensusGeorge Brooman, M, Head, married, age 41, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerGeorge Brooman, farm labourerRailway Cottage, Fordbrook1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Phoebe Brooman, F, Wife, married, age 46, born Rotherfield, SussexPhoebe Brooman [Field Buss]
James Brooman, M, Son, single, age 15, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerJames Edward Brooman
Stephen Brooman, M, Son, age 14, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerStephen Brooman
Arther Brooman, M, Son, age 8, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarArthur Brooman
Frances Brooman, M, Son, age 6, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarFrances Rose Tester [Brooman]

2nd Apr 1911CensusJohn Bishop, M, Head, married, age 49, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farmerJohn Bishop, farmerFord Brook Farm, Jarvis Brook1911 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Eden Bishop, F, Wife, married 26 years, age 45, born Rotherfield, SussexEden Bishop
Albert Bishop, M, Son, single, age 24, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farmer's son working on farmAlbert Bishop
Alice Bishop, F, Daughter, single, age 22, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: working at homeAlice Bishop
Annie Bishop, F, Daughter, single, age 20, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: working at homeAnnie Bishop
Minnie Bishop, F, Daughter, age 14, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: working at homeMinnie Bishop
James Bishop, M, Son, age 11, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: schoolJames Bishop

1928Borowe or Manor of Alchorne in 1560Borowe or Manor of Alchorne in 1560 by Mr Chapman and Catherine PulleinFordbrookPullein's Rotherfield

2001TodayFordbrook Farm

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