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Historical records

1879RecollectionsJohn Wheatley, farm labourerRavens CottageAshdown 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:

Wheatley, John. Suffers dreadfully from neuralgia in the head and will be impossible as a witness. Living at Ravens Cottage on the Forest near the Ridge, Hartfield. I was born 27 February 1809 on this part of the Forest and baptised at Hartfield. When I first remember we lived in the Forest near New Bridge then we moved up into what is now Ashdown Park. Then we went, when I was about 8 years old, to live near Brabies Hatch. Then our house fell down and we had to go to the Hartfield workhouse. Then we came to live in a cottage on the Turnpike near Fincham Farm where we lived several years. While we were there I went when about 14 or 15 years old to service and lived with Mr. Henry Young at Fincham Farm a year. I then went to Possingford and lived with Mr. Richard Streatfield for 1 1/2 years. Then I came home to the house on the Turnpike and have ever since worked about this part of the Forest.


5th Apr 1891CensusWilliam J Parrish, M, Head, married, age 25, born Battersea, London; occupation: bricklayerWilliam J Parrish, bricklayerRavens Cottage, Ashdown Forest1891 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Lacy E Parrish, F, Wife, married, age 28, born Forest Row, SussexLacy E Parrish
Gilbert Parrish, M, Son, age 7, born West Hoathly, Sussex; occupation: scholarGilbert Parrish
Heneretta Parrish, F, Daughter, age 4, born Leamington, Hampshire; occupation: scholarHeneretta Parrish
Ada Parrish, F, Daughter, age 1, born Hartfield, SussexAda Parrish

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