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1828Wood, William; occupation InnkeeperWilliam WoodSheffield ArmsPigot's Directory

1833Young, Js.; occupation InnkeeperJames YoungSheffield ArmsPigot's Directory

1839Young, James; occupation InnkeeperJames YoungSheffield ArmsPigot's Directory

6th Jun 1841CensusRichard Young, M, Head, age 40 to 44; occupation InnkeeperRichard YoungSheffield Arms1841 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Mary Young, F, [Wife], age 30 to 34, born SussexMary Young
Richard Young, M, [Son], age 5, born SussexRichard Young
William Young, M, [Son], age 3, born SussexWilliam Henry Young
Ellen Young, F, [Daughter], age 1, born SussexEllen Matilda Young
Lewis Standen, M, age 25 to 29, born Sussex; occupation ServantLewis Standen
Mathew Brooker, M, age 20 to 24, born Sussex; occupation: servantMathew Brooker
Leaney Fry, M, age 15 to 19, born Sussex; occupation: servantLeaney Fry
John Ellis, M, age 20 to 24, born Sussex; occupation: servantJohn Ellis
Mary Smith, F, age 15 to 19, born Sussex; occupation: servantMary Smith
Thomas Hughes, M, age 25 to 29, born Ireland; occupation: surveyorThomas Hughes
William Hughes, M, age 20 to 24, born Ireland; occupation: surveyorWilliam Hughes

1851Combe, Jas., occupation: innkeeper and farmerJames Comber, farmer and victuallerSheffield ArmsPost Office Directory

30th Mar 1851CensusHead, occupation: farmer and victuallerJames Comber, farmer and victuallerSheffield Arms1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
WifeMartha Comber
Son, occupation: miller journeymanJohn Comber
Servant; occupation: farm labourerHenry Cheesman
Niece; occupation: scholarAnn Friend
Servant; occupation: farm labourerFrederic Kenward
Servant; occupation: general servantAnne Streeter
Servant; occupation: farm labourerJames Baker

1867Directory entryComber John, farmer and Sheffield ArmsSheffield ArmsPost Office Directory

1874Directory entryComber Susannah (Mrs.), farmer and Sheffield ArmsSheffield ArmsPost Office Directory

c 1875Sheffield Park, Sussex - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveySheffield Arms

1879RecollectionsJohn Marchant, farm labourerSheffield ArmsAshdown 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:

Marchant, John. 77. At Sheffield Arms. Born 28 April 1802 at Fletching and baptised there. I worked about Fletching as a boy till I was 16 and then I went to service with Mr. Beacon at Ketches Farm (Lord Sheffield) as odd man 3' /2 years. He then had litter and turf regularly from Ashdown Forest. During that time I went with Mr. Hobbs of Atheralls Farm his team for turf for his laborers or any cottagers in the street. Hobbs had the ashes afterwards for the trouble. I also went for Elphick at Pound Farm (Lord Sheffield's) with his team to the Forest for litter and turf. Also for his successor Eagles. I have lived near the Pound Farm. He was succeeded by John Kimber and I have worked for him at various times and have fetched litter for him. Paris and then Godly and then Newnham came afterwards. I know they had both litter and turf. I did not work for them but have been close by the farm for many years Newnham left the farm this Michaelmas.

When I was about 18 I went to service with Mr. Beacon at Ketches Farm (Lord Sheffield's) 3 1/2 years as odd man. He had litter and turf off the Forest every year. Sometimes I went for them when I was in his service. After I left his service I went to Mr. John Wheeler 1/2 year at Heaven Farm (now Mr. Hardys), [both] had litter and turf from Ashdown Forest. I then went to Mr. Beacon 1/2 year and then married and continued working for Mr. Beacon for several years, till 42 years ago, and during that time he continued to have litter and turf. I then worked on the roads in the western part of the parish for 40 years and retired 2 years ago.


3rd Apr 1881CensusSusanna Comber, F, Head, widowed, age 56, born Lindfield, employs 4 men and 1 boy, occupation: licensed victualler and farmerSusanna Comber, licensed victualler and farmerSheffield Arms Inn1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Mary Jane Hobbs, M, Barmaid, single, age 21, born East Dean; occupation: barmaidMary Jane Hobbs
Emily Martin, F, Servant, single, age 17, born Newick; occupation: servantEmily Martin
Richard Lucas, M, Servant, single, age 16, born Fletching; occupation: farm servantRichard Lucas
Edward Pentecost, M, Servant, single, age 22, born Fletching; occupation OstlerEdward Pentecost

1882Directory entryComber Susannah (Mrs.), farmer, Sheffield ArmsSheffield ArmsKelly's Directory

1888Directory entryWelfare, Richard, Sheffield ArmsSheffield ArmsBrooker's Guide

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