The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex

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Hatch [a.k.a. The Sign of the Gate] Inn  Colemans Hatch  Ashdown Forest  Hartfield  

Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1997The Ashdown Forest Dispute 1876-1882 by Professor Brian Short ⇒ Notebook extract

Historical records

6th Jun 1841CensusCharles Jenkins, M, Head, age 40 to 44, born Sussex; occupation PublicanCharles Jenkins, innkeeperColemans Hatch [Hatch Inn]1841 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Anne Jenkins, F, [Wife], age 30 to 34, born SussexAnn Jenkins
Susan Godley, F, age 20 to 24, born SussexSusan Godley

1851Jenkins, Charles; occupation: innkeeperCharles Jenkins, innkeeperHatchPost Office Directory

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: innkeeperCharles Jenkins, innkeeperThe Sign Of The Gate1851 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
WifeAnn Jenkins
Lodger; occupation: farm labourerRichard Hardsman
Lodger; occupation Farm LabourerEdward Warrington
Lodger; occupation: butcherJohn Knight
Lodger; occupation: servantMargaret Luxford
Lodger; occupation ServantThomas Towardy
Lodger; occupation: farm labourerThomas Austin
Lodger; occupation: farm labourerCharles Smith

1867Directory entryEdwards Robert, Hatch inn, Holly hillHatch inn, Holly hillPost Office Directory

1874Directory entryBaker Edward, Hatch inn, Coleman's HatchHatch inn, Coleman's HatchPost Office Directory

c 1875Coleman's Hatch, West of Hartfield - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyHatch Inn

3rd Apr 1881CensusEdward Baker, M, Head, married, age 40, born Hartfield; occupation: innkeeperEdward Baker, innkeeperHatch Inn1881 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Mary A. Baker, F, Wife, married, age 35, born MiddlesexMary Anne Baker
Mary Ann Baker, F, Daughter, age 7, born HartfieldMary Ann Baker
Florence S. Baker, F, Daughter, age 4, born HartfieldFlorence Sarah Baker
Louisa Card, F, Servant, single, age 16, born Hartfield; occupation: general servantLouisa Mercy Card
Peter Weller, M, Lodger, single, age 48, born Horsham; occupation: forest rangerPeter Weller

1882Directory entryBaker Edward, Hatch inn, Coleman's HatchHatch inn, Coleman's HatchKelly's Directory

5th Apr 1891CensusWilliam G Hinkley, M, Head, married, age 49, born Acrise, Kent; occupation: publicanWilliam G Hinkley, publicanPublic House, Colemans Hatch1891 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Jane E Hinkley, F, Wife, married, age 50, born Uckfield, SussexJane E Hinkley
A Borne, M, Boarder, married, age 67, born Appledore, Kent, occupation: shepherdA Borne
N Borne, M, Boarder, single, age 18, born Medley, Kent, occupation: shepherdN Borne
G Borne, M, Boarder, single, age 11, born Medley, Kent, occupation: shepherdG Borne
S Right, M, Boarder, single, age 16, born Kent; occupation: ShepherdS Right
R Hart, M, Boarder, married, age 56, born Jersey; occupation: shepherdR Hart
J Cocke, M, Boarder, married, age 56, born Crowbrook, Sussex; occupation: shepherdJ Cocke
H Goodsell, M, Boarder, single, age 20, born Crowbrook, Sussex; occupation: shepherdH Goodsell
Peter Weller, M, Boarder, single, age 65, born Horsham, Sussex; occupation: shepherdPeter Weller

c 1899Colemans Hatch, Sussex - c 1899Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1899 by Ordnance SurveyHatch Inn

c 1920Colemans HatchColemans Hatch, Ashdown ForestPrivate collection

1927Hatch Inn, Colemans HatchHatch Inn, Colemans Hatch, Ashdown Forest photographed by Francis Frith
The Francis Frith Web Site The Frith archive was founded by Francis Frith, the pioneer Victorian photographer, in 1860 and today contains over 365,000 photographs of some 7,000 towns and villages throughout Britain. Taken between 1860 and 1970 these form a topographical record of Britain without equal and is recognised as probably the only photographic collection of national importance in private hands in Britain today.

The importance of the Frith archive is as a topographical and social record. It provides an amazingly detailed visual record of over 7,000 towns and villages, as well as illustrating the enormous social and structural changes which have taken place in Britain since 1860. Whilst some of the photographs are undoubtedly artistically outstanding, the real value of the archive lies in its scale. There is no other archive which can illustrate this period of British history so extensively or to such a high quality.

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