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Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1997The Ashdown Forest Dispute 1876-1882 by Professor Brian Short ⇒ Notebook extract

Historical records

1610[North] Sussex[North] Sussex by John Norden and augmented by John SpeedHolmsdaleJohn Speed
The first engraved maps of the counties of Great Britain were the work of Christopher Saxton who, under the authority of the Privy Council, surveyed the English counties in Elizabethan times, from 1574 to 1578. In 1593 he was followed by John Norden who projected an ambitious scheme for a complete series of county histories. He published before his death a number of counties - Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Essex, Northampton, Cornwall, Sussex and Surrey. John Speed's map of Sussex is based upon Norden's map and was engraved by Jodocus Hondius. It occupies pages nine and ten of John Speed's Atlas entitled "The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine", is 20 1/4 inches by 15 1/4 inches in size and shows additionally an interesting plan of Chichester and a spirited representation of the Battle of Hastings.

1645[North] Sussex[North] Sussex by Jan BlaeuHolmsdaleJan Blaeu

1695[North] Sussex[North] Sussex by Robert MordenHolmsdaleRobert Morden
Robert Morden was a London bookseller from 1669 until his death in 1703. He specialised in the geographical field and was himself something of a cartographer and a publisher. Throughout the 17th and most of the 18th centuries, there was little distinction between the activity of book or print-selling and that of publishing: many booksellers were also printers or engravers. They undertook the sale of each others' work and often combined to meet the high cost of publishing a new map or reissue of an old atlas, even if the original plates were still available. This map was published in Brittania: a chorographical description of Great Britain and Ireland by William Camden.

c 1795Nutley, Sussex - c 1795Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1795 by William Gardner and Thomas GreamHomestall Farm

c 1825Nutley, Sussex - c 1825Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1825 by Christopher and John GreenwoodHomestall Farm

6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Wheeler, M, Head, age 40 to 44, born Sussex; occupation FarmerWilliam WheelerHomesdale1841 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Elizabeth Wheeler, F, [Wife], age 40 to 44, born SussexElizabeth Wheeler
Anne Wheeler, F, [Daughter], age 17, born SussexSarah Ann Wheeler
Elizabeth Wheeler, F, [Daughter], age 16, born SussexElizabeth Wheeler
Elenor Wheeler, F, [Daughter], age 9, born SussexEleanor Wheeler
Mary Wheeler, F, [Daughter], age 5, born SussexMary Wheeler
William Stapley, M, age 30 to 34, born Sussex; occupation: servantWilliam Stapley
John Brasier, M, age 25 to 29, born Sussex, occupation: servantJohn Brasier
Edward Turner, M, age 18, born Sussex; occupation: servantEdward Turner
William Cherryman, M, age 15 to 19, born Sussex, occupation: servantWilliam Cherryman
Emily Oliver, F, age 15 to 19, born Sussex; occupation: visitorEmily Oliver
Caroline Butt, F, age 15 to 19, born Sussex, occupation: visitorCaroline Butt

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farm labourerWilliam Brooker, farm labourerHomesdale1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
WifeLucy Brooker [Crowhurst]
DaughterFanny Heasman [Brooker]
Grand-daughter; occupation SCHOLARGeorge Sparrow
Lodger's wifeAnn Clark
Lodger, occupation: pedlarJohn Clark, pedlar
Grand-daughterAnne Sparrow
Father; occupation: annuitantEdward Crowhurst, farmer

1874Directory entryPage Thomas, farmer, HolmesdaleHolmesdalePost Office Directory

c 1875Sheffield Forest, Sussex - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyHolmesdale

1888Directory entryButcher, Jas., stud groom at Searles, HolmesdaleHolmesdaleBrooker's Guide

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