The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
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Historical records

c 1795Turners Green, Sussex - c 1795Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1795 by William Gardner and Thomas GreamSliders

c 1825Turners Green, Sussex - c 1825Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1825 by Christopher and John GreenwoodSkidders

6th Jun 1841CensusCharles Longley, M, Head, age 50 to 54, born Sussex; occupation: farmerCharles Longley, farmerSliders1841 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Hannah Longley, F, [Wife], age 55 to 59, born SussexHannah Longley
Isabella Longley, F, [Mother], age 70 to 74, born ScotlandIsabella Longley
John N/K, M, age 55 to 59, born Sussex; occupation Farm labourerJohn N/K

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farmerCharles Longley, farmerSliders Farm1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
WifeHannah Longley

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farm labourerJohn Lambert, farm labourerSliders Farm1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
WifeDianna Lambert
Daughter; handicap: crippleElizabeth Lambert
Daughter; occupation: domestic servantAnn Lambert
Daughter; occupation: general servantMary Lambert
DaughterDinah Lambert
SonLevi Lambert

1874Directory entrySimmons Thomas, farmer, Sliders farmSliders farmPost Office Directory

c 1875South of Danehill, Sussex - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveySliders Farm

1879RecollectionsJohn Hobbs, farm labourerSliders 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:

Hobbs, John. 55. At Furners Green. Laborer. Born 13 January 1824 at Newick. When I was a child my Father took Moyses Farm, Fletching, (Sir S. M. Wilson) and remained there till I was 20 or 21 years old. As soon as I was able to work I helped him on the Farm till he left. He had litter and turf regularly every year off the Forest and at times brakes. I often went to fetch them. He always turned out 10 or 12 beast. We then hired Chelwood Farm, Fletching (Lady Shelley). He used the farm 19 or 20 years and I helped him all the time, except 1 year when I was away. We always had litter and turf there and turned out our cows and a beast and sometimes sheep. We also had gravel. I used to cut the litter. When we were at Chelwood Farm, Mr. Turner, the tenant of Colin Godmans, had leave from my Father to bring his litter off the Forest through our Farm and he carried a great deal.

After we gave up that farm I went to Colin Godmans farm for 2 years with my brother William who used it. During that time he had litter off the Forest and at times turned out. I used to see him driving his stock on when I lived at Chelwood Farm. I then returned to Chelwood Farm for 4 years under Mr. Tanner. He had some turf off the Forest. I got it in for him. I think he had no litter because he got plenty off Chelwood Common. He turned out stock at times. I then returned to Colin Godmans for 2 years under Mr. William Martin. He had litter off the Forest. I used to fetch it. I think he did not turn out. I then came to the Sheffield Arms Inn and worked for Mrs Comber who has the land adjoining for 6 years. She had litter 5 years out of the 6 off the Forest. I then came to Sliders Farm where I have been over a year. We have had nothing here in that time.


3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas H. Vine, M, Head, widowed, age 83, born East Hoathly, employs 1 man; occupation FarmerThomas Walls VineSliders Farm1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Thomas H. Vine, M, Son, single, age 49, born SurreyThomas Henry Vine
Emily Vine, F, Daughter, single, age 60, born SurreyEmily Vine
Marianne Vine, F, Daughter, single, age 42, born SurreyMarianne Vine

1882Directory entryVine Thos. Henry, farmer, Sliders farmSliders farmKelly's Directory

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