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1597FreeholderRichard MichelbornePotmanfordBuckhurst Terrier
Richard Michelborne, in the right of Anne his wife, holds by deed land called Potmanford, 8 acres, and other lands called Potmanford, 22 acres
Rent 5s. 4d., 1 hen, 5 eggs, and one day's work in Harvest

6th Jun 1841CensusJames Browning, M, Head, age 40 to 44, occupation: farmerJames Browning, farmerPortmansford1841 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Anne Browning, F, [Wife], age 41, born SussexAnn Browning [Briggs]
Hannah Browning, F, [Daughter], age 16, born SussexHannah Chatfield [Browning]
Anthony Browning, M, [Son], age 14, born SussexAnthony Browning
Edwin Browning, M, [Son], age 11, born SussexEdwin P. Browning

6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Brooker, M, Head, age 60 to 64, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourerWilliam Brooker, farm labourerLittle Portmansford1841 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Anne Brooker, F, [Wife], age 60 to 64, born SussexAnn Brooker [Hills]
Martin Brooker, M, [Son], age 19, born SussexMartin Brooker, farm labourer
Thomas Brooker, M, [Son], age 15 to 19, born SussexThomas Brooker
Charles Brooker, M, [Son], age 13, born SussexCharles Brooker, farm labourer
Mary Hills, F, widowed, age 82, born SussexMary Hills
Louisa Wim, F, age 14, born SussexLouisa Wim
James Fry, M, age 1, born SussexJames Fry

6th Jun 1841CensusSamuel Slarks, M, Head, age 45 to 49, born Sussex; occupation Farm labourerSamuel SlarksLittle Portmansford1841 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Anne Slarks, F, [Wife], age 45 to 49, born SussexAnne Slarks
William Slarks, M, [Son], age 15, born SussexWilliam Slarks
Alfred Slarks, M, [Son], age 12, born SussexAlfred Slarks
Ellen Slarks, F, [Daughter], age 12, born SussexEllen Slarks
Christopher Slarks, M, [Son], age 9, born SussexChristopher Slarks

6th Jun 1841CensusJohn Kenward, M, Head, age 65 to 69, born SussexJohn KenwardPotmans Ford1841 Census
Fletching, Sussex
John Turner, M, age 13, born Sussex; occupation: servantJohn Turner

6th Jun 1841CensusJames Kenward, M, Head, age 85 to 89, born Sussex; occupation: farmerJames Kenward, farmerPotmans Ford1841 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Edward Kenward, M, [Son], age 55 to 59, born SussexEdward Kenward
William Kenward, M, [Grand-son], age 12, born SussexWilliam Kenward
Harriott May, F, age 35 to 39, born Sussex; occupation: servantHarriott May

6th Jun 1841CensusRichard Cheeseman, M, Head, age 65 to 69, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourerRichard Cheeseman, farm labourerPotmans Ford1841 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Elizabeth Cheeseman, F, [Wife], age 35 to 39, born SussexElizabeth Cheeseman [Langridge]
Joseph Cheeseman, M, [Son], age 13, born SussexJoseph Cheeseman
Mary Cheeseman, F, [Daughter], age 11, born SussexMary Ann Cheeseman
Sophia Cheeseman, F, [Daughter], age 9, born SussexSophia Grimming [Cheesman]
Henry Cheeseman, M, [Son], age 6, born SussexHenry Cheeseman
Charlotte Cheeseman, F, [Daughter], age 3, born SussexCharlotte Cheeseman
Ligia Cheeseman, F, [Daughter], age 1, born SussexEliza Cheeseman
Robert Smith, M, age 15 to 19, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourerRobert Smith

6th Jun 1841CensusEdward Hobbs, M, Head, age 45 to 49, born Sussex; occupation: farmerEdward Hobbs, farmerPotmans Ford1841 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Hannah Hobbs, F, [Wife], age 50 to 54, born SussexHannah Hobbs [Wood]
Harriet Hobbs, F, [Daughter], age 18, born SussexHarriet Page [Hobbs]
John Hobbs, M, [Son], age 15, born SussexJohn Hobbs, farm labourer
James Hobbs, M, [Son], age 10, born SussexJames Hobbs
Elen Hobbs, F, [Daughter], age 8, born SussexEllen Hobbs
Thomas Gur, M, age 35 to 39, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourerThomas Gur

1851Browning, JamesJames Browning, farmerPortmansford FarmPost Office Directory

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farm labourerJames Grover, farm labourerPortmansfoord1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
WifeSarah Ann Grover [Marchant]

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farmerBenjamin Henry Newman Weston, farmerPortmansfoord1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
WifeSarah Jane Weston [Picknell]
DaughterSarah Jane Weston
Servant, occupation: general servantEllen Butchers

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farm labourerJohn Marchant, farm labourerPortmansfoord1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
WifeSarah Marchant [Cheeseman]
DaughterSusan Marchant
Son; occupation: farm labourerWilliam Wells Marchant, sexton
DaughterDiana Marchant
Daughter; occupation: scholarMary Jane Marchant
Daughter; occupation: scholarHarriett Marchant

30th Mar 1851CensusHead, occupation: farmerJames Browning, farmerPortmansfoord1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
WifeAnn Browning [Briggs]
SonAnthony Browning
SonEdwin P. Browning
Servant; occupation general servantAnn Awcock

1867Directory entryBrowning Mrs. Ann, farmer, Portmansford farmPortmansford farmPost Office Directory

1874Directory entryChatfield Thos., farmer, Portmansford farmPortmansford farmPost Office Directory

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

1879RecollectionsThomas ChatfieldPortmansford FarmAshdown 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:

Chatfield, Thomas. 55. At Portmansford Farm (Lord Sheffield), Fletching. Born in Chailey 33 years ago I came to Furriers Green as a wheelwright under Langridge for several years. Langley (dead) used Sliders Farm then and had litter and turf from the Forest. I used to see his teams carrying them. About 23 years ago I came to Sliders Farm (Lord Sheffield's), Fletching, and farmed it 2 years and had litter, turf and gravel from Ashdown Forest and turned out. I know the field on Sliders Farm about 9 acres called the Marriels and adjoining the Grouts. I remember our field was thrown into it. Then I moved to Chelwood Common Farm 5 acres (Turner of Tablehurst) for 6 years. During that time 3 acres were added when Chelwood Common was enclosed, part allotted and part bought. 162 I had litter and turf and gravel off the Forest and turned out. I then moved to Portmansford Farm where I have lived for the last 13 years


3rd Apr 1881CensusSaml. Fredk. Baker, M, Head, married, age 39, born Fletching; occupation: pork butcher and farmerSamuel Frederick Baker, pork butcher and farmerLittle Portsmanford Farm1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Susannah Baker, F, Wife, married, age 26, born FletchingSusannah Baker
Frederick Baker, M, Son, age 5, born Fletching; occupation: scholarFrederick Baker
Rueben Baker, M, Son, age 4, born FletchingRueben Baker
Susannah Browning, F, Servant, single, age 14, born Fletching, occupation: general servantSusannah Browning

3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas Chatfield, M, Head, married, age 56, born Chailey, employs 1 labourer and 1 boy, occupation: farmerThomas ChatfieldPortsmanford Farm1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Hannah Chatfield, F, Wife, married, age 56, born FletchingHannah Chatfield [Browning]
Horace Chatfield, M, Son, single, age 21, born FletchingHorace Chatfield
Harriett Chatfield, F, Daughter, age 15, born FletchingHarriett Chatfield
Annie L. Chatfield, F, Daughter, age 12, born Fletching, occupation: scholarAnnie Louisa Chatfield

1882Directory entryBaker Sml., butcher, Little PortmansfordLittle PortmansfordKelly's Directory

1882Directory entryChatfield Thos., farmer, Portmansford farmPortmansford farmKelly's Directory

1888Directory entryBaker, Samuel, farmer, Little PortmansfordLittle PortmansfordBrooker's Guide

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