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

Historical records

6th Jun 1841CensusEdward Baker, M, Head, age 40 to 44, born Sussex; occupation: farmerEdward Baker, labourerNew Lodge Cottage1841 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Mary Baker, F, [Wife], age 40 to 44, born SussexMary Ann Baker [Langridge]
Mary Ann Baker, F, [Daughter], age 8, born SussexMary Ann Baker
John Baker, M, [Son], age 5, born SussexJohn Baker
Edward Baker, M, [Son], age 3, born SussexEdward Baker
Unnamed Baker, F, [Daughter], age 1 month, born SussexSarah Anne Baker
Luke Langridge, M, age 15 to 19, born Sussex; occupation: servantLuke Langridge

6th Jun 1841CensusJames Baker, M, Head, age 35 to 39, born Sussex; occupation: farmerJames Baker, farmerNew Lodge1841 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Mary Baker, F, [Wife], age 35 to 39, born SussexMary Miles Baker [Croch]
Obadiah Miles, M, age 20 to 24, born Sussex; occupation: servantObed Miles
William Moon, M, age 15 to 19, born Sussex; occupation: servantWilliam Moon
Emma Baker, F, age 12, born Sussex; occupation: servantEmma Baker

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farmerJames Baker, farmerNew Lodge Farm1851 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
WifeMartha Baker [Langridge]
DaughterChristana Ann Langridge [Baker]
DaughterAmelia Langridge
Servant; occupation: house servantSofi Ginner
[Grand]sonWilliam Langridge
Servant; occupation: house servantCaesar Wheatley, farmer
Servant; occupation: house servantSarah Ginner

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 SurveyNew Lodge

1878RecollectionsMartha Baker [Langridge]New LodgeAshdown 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:

Baker, Martha. Capital witness. Bring Family Bible. Wife of James Baker, living at New Lodge, Hartfield. Maiden name Langridge, born 1st July 1810 at Fletching. Parents removed to Coleman's Hatch in 1817. Have an entry of the date in Father's Family Bible in his writing. Father followed trade of Blacksmith. In April 1823 went away to service to East Grinstead and London till 1845 when I came home to Coleman's Hatch and was married in June 1845 and came to live at New Lodge which my husband farmed where we have remained till the present time.


1878RecollectionsJames Baker, farmerNew LodgeAshdown 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:

Baker, James. Living at New Lodge, Hartfield. Formerly farmed it, now his son in law farms (acreage 125). Was born in the Lower Pest house in Hartfield. Does not know his age but he was baptised on the 27th November 1804 at Hartfield Church. When I was very young, not more than 10 years old, I went for about a year to work at Fincham Farm, Hartfield, belonging to and used by Thomas Young at 6d. a day and all my grub. Flour was then 3s. 4d. a gallon. Thomas Young died soon after and was succeeded by Henry Young after a dispute with his cousin William Young who claimed the property. I then went to carry for Colonel Young's at Holly Hill for about 1,/2 years Then for Mr. Bradford at Pippingford about a year. Then at the age of about 14 in April 1818 I came to work for Captain Hall at New Lodge and for Captain Kidd after him. Captain Kidd died about 1831. I continued with Captain Hall who managed it for his sister Miss Kidd till 1833 when I took the farm on my own account and have lived here ever since. New Lodge is on the hill in sight of Holly Hill and Hartfield Grove. I have served the offices of Surveyor of Highways and Overseer of the poor of this parish of Hartfield.


3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas Langridge, M, Head, married, age 35, born Kent; occupation: farm bailiffThomas Langridge, farm bailiffNew Lodge1881 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Christana Langridge, F, Wife, married, age 34, born HartfieldChristana Ann Langridge [Baker]
Hannah Langridge, F, Daughter, age 13, born Hartfield; occupation: scholarHannah Langridge
Thos. Langridge, M, Son, age 10, born Hartfield; occupation: scholarThomas Langridge
James Langridge, M, Son, age 7, born Hartfield; occupation: scholarJames Edward Langridge
Sarah Ann Langridge, F, Daughter, age 4, born HartfieldSarah Anne Langridge
Harriett Langridge, F, Daughter, age 1, born HartfieldHarriett Elizabeth Langridge
George Weeding, M, Boarder, single, age 24, born Maresfield; occupation Farm labourerGeorge Weeding

c 1899New Lodge, Sussex - c 1899Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1899 by Ordnance SurveyNew Lodge

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