The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
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Historical records

6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam King, M, Head, age 35 to 39, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourerWilliam King, farm labourerSpring1841 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Anne King, F, [Wife], age 35 to 39, born SussexAnn King
Hannah King, F, [Daughter], age 11, born SussexHannah King
William King, M, [Son], age 9, born SussexWilliam King
Anne King, F, [Daughter], age 6, born SussexAnne King
Mary King, F, [Daughter], age 3, born SussexMary King
George King, M, [Son], age 1, born SussexGeorge King

6th Jun 1841CensusSoloman Staplehurst, M, Head, age 30 to 34, born Sussex; occupation Farm labourerSoloman StaplehurstSpring1841 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Caroline Staplehurst, F, [Wife], age 30 to 34, born SussexCaroline Staplehurst
Susan Staplehurst, F, [Daughter], age 8, born SussexSusan Staplehurst
William Staplehurst, M, [Son], age 6, born SussexWilliam Staplehurst
John Staplehurst, M, [Son], age 4, born SussexJohn Staplehurst
James Staplehurst, M, [Son], age 1, born SussexJames Staplehurst
Mary Staplehurst, F, [Mother], age 65 to 69, born SussexMary Staplehurst

6th Jun 1841CensusThomas Dorant, M, Head, age 20 to 24, born Ireland; occupation: surveyorThomas Dorant, surveyorSpring1841 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Joseph Smith, M, age 12; occupation: farm labourerJoseph Smith

30th Mar 1851CensusHead, widowed, employs 2 people; occupation: farmerHenry Stevens, farmerSpring Farm1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Servant, occupation: farm labourerJames Brewman
SonJohn Stevens
Servant; occupation: general servantElizabeth Maynard
Daughter-in-lawMary Ann Stevens [Leppard]
Son; occupation: scholarHerbert Stevens
Son; occupation: scholarOwen Stevens
Son; occupation: scholarSidney Stevens
DaughterClara Stevens
SonUnnamed son Stevens
Nurse; occupation: charwomanMartha Langridge [Ellis]

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farm labourerWilliam King, farm labourerSpring House1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
WifeAnn King
DaughterMary King
Daughter; occupation: scholarEllen King
DaughterEmma Elizabeth King

1867Directory entryStevenson Henry, farmer, Spring farmSpring farmPost Office Directory

1874Directory entryStevenson Henry, farmer, Spring farmSpring farmPost Office Directory

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

1879RecollectionsJohn Stevenson, farmerSpring 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:

Stevenson, John. 62. Born in Fletching Street, 16 December 1816. Father, Henry Stevenson, was a bargeman. I helped him. In 1838 he took the Spring Farm and Bottings Farm in Fletching, 40 acres (Sir S. M. Wilson) and about 10 years after he took the Pasture Fields, 20 acres in Fletching (Sir S. M. Wilson). He farmed the whole till his death at Christmas 1878 and I succeeded him


3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Stevenson, M, Head, married, age 44, born Fletching, employs 2 men and 1 boy; occupation: farmerJohn Stevenson, farmerSpring Farm House1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Mary Ann Stevenson, F, Wife, married, age 59, born StanmerMary Ann Stevenson
Herbert Stevenson, M, Son, married, age 39, born Fletching; occupation: farm labourerHerbert Stevenson
Henery Stevenson, M, Son, single, age 22, born Fletching; occupation: carpenterWilliam Henry Stevenson
Bertha Stevenson, F, Daughter, single, age 18, born Fletching; occupation: dressmakerBertha Laura Stevenson
Sidney Stevenson, M, Gr Son, single, age 13, born Fletching; occupation: farm labourerSidney Stevenson
Ernest Stevenson, M, Gr Son, single, age 8, born Fletching; occupation: scholarErnest Stevenson
Jeminah Ellet, F, Servant, age 22, born Fletching; occupation: general servantJeminah Ellet
Edward Reader, M, Ag Laborer, single, age 80, born KentEdward Reader

1882Directory entryStevenson John, farmer, Spring farmSpring farmKelly's Directory

1888Directory entryStevenson, John, Spring farmSpring farmBrooker's Guide

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