The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex

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Historical records

8th Jun 1598Leaseholder (21 yrs)Thomas Richardsonmansion or manor house BirchdenBuckhurst Terrier
Thomas Richardson, yeoman, of Birchden holds by deed the capital messuage, mansion or manor house Birchden with Sanden, Sanden Mead, Birchden Rocks, the Downes, Claiton Lands, Perriefeild, Russells field, Hollard field, waste ground, and also one iron forge called commonlie by the name of Birchden Forge, with certain Fineries, Blowmeries, Chafferies, and with all ponds, watercourse, streames, banks, baies and other appurtenances of The Manor of Birchden, in all 252 acres: viz., meadow 34 acres, pasture 82 acres, arable 20 acres, wood 115 acres.
Rent £52 and 2 fat capons alive on 20th November.

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

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farm labourerSamuel Diplock, farm labourerBirchden1851 Census
Withyham, Sussex
WifeMary Diplock [Hider]
Son; occupation: farm labourerSamuel Diplock
SonDavid Diplock
DaughterJane Diplock

c 1875Birchden, Park Corner & Cobbarn, South of Groombridge - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyOld Birchden Farm

3rd Apr 1881CensusThos. Hall, M, Head, married, age 30, born Withyham; occupation: farm labourerThomas Hall, farm labourerOld Birch Den1881 Census
Withyham, Sussex
Mary Ann Hall, F, Wife, married, age 31, born WithyhamMary Anne Hall [Cole]
Edith Hall, F, Daughter, age 6, born Rotherfield; occupation: scholarEdith Charlotte Hall
Amy Hall, F, Daughter, age 4, born RotherfieldHarriet Amy Hall
Samuel Edmond, M, Lodger, single, age 18, born Withyham; occupation: gardenerSamuel Edmond

5th Apr 1891CensusThomas Jeffery, M, Head, married, age 58, born Slaugham, Sussex; occupation: farm bailiffThomas Jeffery, gardenerOld Birchden Farm 1891 Census
Withyham, Sussex
Charlott Jeffery, F, Wife, married, age 58, born Cuckfield, SussexCharlotte Jeffery
Emma E Parsonage, F, Servant, single, age 16, born Slaugham, Sussex; occupation: General domestic servantEmma E Parsonage

2nd Apr 1911CensusWilliam Hollingdale, M, Head, married, age 47, born Rodmell, Sussex; occupation: farm bailiffWilliam Hollingdale, farm bailiffOld Birchden Farm, Groombridge1911 Census
Withyham and Groombridge, Sussex
Pheobe Hollingdale, F, Wife, married 15 years, age 44, born West Firle, SussexPheobe Hollingdale
Alice Pollard, F, Mother-in-law, widow, age 80, born Heathfield, SussexAlice Pollard

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