The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
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Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1902Historical Notes of Withyham, Hartfield and Ashdown Forest by C. N. Suttonp. 351
1997The Ashdown Forest Dispute 1876-1882 by Professor Brian Short ⇒ Notebook extract; Notebook extract

Historical records

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation FarmerDaniel WeedingFurners Farm1851 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
WifeLucy Weeding
Servant; occupation Farm LabourerAmos Weeding

c 1875Gills Lap, Newbridge & Chuck Hatch, South West of Hartfield - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyFurnace Farm

1879RecollectionsGeorge Edwards, carpenterFurnace 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:

Edwards, George. Living at the Furnace Farm, formerly called the Yew Tree and part of the Hartfield Grove Estate. Farmer and carpenter.

I was born on 15 November 1814 on the Forest close by Coleman's Hatch in the house now occupied by James Wheatley (stone digger - witness). My Father (now dead) told me that he enclosed the land and built the house and I believe he always paid 2/6 a year to Lord De La Warr's predecessors for it. He sold it before his death to Wheatley's father. At 1'/2 years old we removed to the Lodge at the South end of the Five Hundred, where my father lived as a sort of caretaker for Lord Whitworth and at the same time worked regularly as sawyer till his death for Lord Whitworth and George John, Lord De La Warr. I lived with him till I was 17. When I was about 11 years old I went as carter boy on Fisher's Gate Farm in Withyham which was farmed by Lord Whitworth and afterwards by George John, Lord De La Warr. As soon as I was big enough I worked as a sawyer for Lord Whitworth at Fishers Gate sawyard. When I was 17 I went to Uckfield and was apprenticed to a carpenter and worked there 8 years, coming home once in every 5 or 6 weeks. When I was 24 I married and came to work for Lord De La Warr as a carpenter and worked for him for 19 years. During this time I, with my brother Joseph Edwards, first lived at the Pest House for 2 or 3 years. Then had a cottage and field near the 500 roughs for several years and when I had worked for Lord De La Warr about 11 years I took Little Bassetts Farm, a field of Neave's Farm adjoining both in Hartfield close to Chuck Hatch and belonging to Lord De La Warr and farmed it for 16 years. The last 8 years I left off working for Lord De La Warr and worked about with my own team. In 1866 I moved to Furnace Farm which I have had ever since.


1879RecollectionsWilliam Baldwin, labourerFurnace 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:

Baldwin, William. Old man, rather feeble - seems reluctant. Living adjoining the Furnace Farm near New Bridge on his own property. Was born 13 January 1806 at Lamberhurst and when I was able to go to service at the age of about 12 (when people had to go back to their parishes to work) I went to service with Mr. Godly at Upper Parrock Farm (Miss Gervis' property) for 21/2 years and went with the ox team. Then I went to Mr. Waters at Hodore Farm (then Lord Whitworth's) for 2 years, then I went to a place at Withyham for 9 weeks and returned to Hodore for a short time.

I was then out of work for a time less than a year as work was scarce. My next place was with Mr. Histed at Chartness for about 2 years, then I went to Lower Tyes Farm to Mr. Philcox who also used Lower Parrock Farm for 2 years. I then married his daughter at Hartfield Church by Mr. Slade (query 1827-8). I continued at Lower Tyes till 1844 and then went to work for Mr. Richard Ratcliff at Hodore till 1862. Then I worked for Mr. Stephen Langridge about 6 years. I came to my present house about 1841.


3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Edwards, M, Head, widowed, age 67, born Hartfield; occupation: farmer and carpenterGeorge Edwards, carpenterFurnace Farm1881 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Annie E.Q. Edwards, F, Daughter, single, age 20, born HartfieldAnnie Elizabeth Edwards

5th Apr 1891CensusDaniel Heasman, M, Head, married, age 59, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: sawyer's labourerDaniel Heasman, sawyerLittle Furnace Farm1891 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Eliza Heasman, F, Wife, married, age 53, born Hartfield, SussexEliza Heasman [Baldwin]
George Heasman, M, Son, single, age 27, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerDaniel Heasman

5th Apr 1891CensusJames Slater, M, Head, married, age 28, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerJames Slater, general labourer on farmFurnace Farm1891 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Sophia Slater, F, Wife, married, age 20, born Hartfield, SussexSophia Slater [Pilbin]

5th Apr 1891CensusAmos Killick, M, Head, married, age 35, born Withyham, Sussex; occupation: farmerAmos Killick, farmerFurnace Farm1891 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Mary M Killick, F, Wife, married, age 22, born Rotherfield, SussexMary Mansel Killick [Hemsley]
William Killick, M, Son, age 3, born Hartfield, SussexWilliam Killick
Alice Killick, F, Daughter, age 7 months, born Hartfield, SussexAlice Killick

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