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Little Cansiron [a.k.a. Swaysland]    Holtye  Hartfield  

Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1902Historical Notes of Withyham, Hartfield and Ashdown Forest by C. N. Suttonp. 350
1931Wealden Iron by Ernest Straker ⇒ p. 229

Historical records

1574 to 1641HistoryLittle Cansiron [a.k.a. Swaysland]Wealden Iron
Weston - sans Christian name - had this [Cansiron] in 1574 and 1588, as Cansorne or Causterne, probably the Michaell Weston of Cowden and Robertsbridge. The manor belonged at that time to William Bowyer, of Hoo, Hants, the elder brother of Sir Henry Bowyer, of Cuckfield. By his will of July 7th, 1578, he left Canserne to his daughter. In 1613 it passed to Sackville Turnor, who, in 1627, sold the "Iron-mylle" to Courthope of Whiligh. In 1637 the latter's executors resold it. It again changed hands in 1639, when Benjamin Tichbourne and John Maynard acquired the "manor of Canserne" together with "mines, marl, metalls, Iron ore, forges of Iron," and in 1641 they resold "all that forge or ironwork called Canserne Forge." The forge is at Little Cansiron.

c 1795Holty Common, Sussex - c 1795Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1795 by William Gardner and Thomas GreamLittle Canse-iron

c 1825Holty Common, Sussex - c 1825Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1825 by Christopher and John GreenwoodLit. Canseiron

6th Jun 1841CensusSarah Chapman, F, Head, age 50 to 54, born Sussex; occupation FarmerSarah Chapman [Miles]Little Cansiron1841 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
John Chapman, M, [Son], age 12, born SussexJohn Chapman
Mary Davey, F, age 13, born Sussex; occupation: servantMary Davey
Robert Miles, M, age 11, born SussexRobert Miles
Charlotte Miles, F, age 4, born SussexCharlotte Miles
James Miles, M, age 2, born SussexJames Miles, boot maker

1851Chapman, JohnJohn ChapmanLittle Cansiron FarmPost Office Directory

30th Mar 1851CensusHead, widowed, employs 2 people, occupation: farmerSarah Chapman [Miles]Little Cansiron1851 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Occupation FarmerJohn Chapman
Servant; occupation Farm LabourerPhilip Waters
Servant; occupation: house servantCharlotte Miles
Servant; occupation: farm labourerGeorge Miles, farm labourer
Nephew; occupation: scholarJames Miles, boot maker

1867Directory entryChapman John, farmer, Lit. CanseironLit. CanseironPost Office Directory

1874Directory entryChapman John, farmer, Lit. CanseironLit. CanseironPost Office Directory

c 1875Holtye, North of Hartfield - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyLittle Cansiron

3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Chapman, M, Head, married, age 52, born Hartfield, employs 1 man, occupation: farmerJohn ChapmanLittle Cansiron Farm House1881 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Frances Chapman, F, Wife, married, age 53, born HartfieldFrances Chapman [Avis]
Ellen Chapman, F, Daughter, single, age 19, born HartfieldEllen Chapman
Arthur Chapman, M, Son, age 15, born HartfieldArthur E. Chapman
Mary Chapman, F, Daughter, age 13, born Hartfield, occupation: scholarMary Chapman
John Adams, M, Visitor, widowed, age 86, born Withyham; occupation: hawkerJohn Adams

5th Apr 1891CensusJohn Chapman, M, Head, married, age 62, born Hartfield, Sussex, occupation: farmerJohn ChapmanSwaysland1891 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Frances Chapman, F, Wife, married, age 63, born Hartfield, SussexFrances Chapman [Avis]
Arthur E Chapman, M, Son, single, age 25, born Hartfield, Sussex, occupation: farmer's sonArthur E. Chapman
Mary Chapman, F, Daughter, single, age 23, born Hartfield, SussexMary Chapman

5th Apr 1891CensusThomas White, M, Head, single, age 32, born Horsham, Sussex; occupation: Farm labourerThomas WhiteSwaysland Shed and Barns1891 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
William Smith, M, single, age 42, born Horsham, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerWilliam Smith
John Allen, M, single, age 53, born Withyham, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerJohn Allen
David Pullman, M, single, age 36, born Worth, Sussex; occupation: BroommakerDavid Pullman
George Noyes, M, single, age 34, born Cowden, Kent; occupation: Bricklayer's labourerGeorge Noyes

c 1899Little Cansiron, Lower Brockshill and Puckstye Farm, Sussex - c 1899Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1899 by Ordnance SurveyLittle Cansiron

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