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

Historical records

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farm labourerWilliam Edwards, farm labourerReed House1851 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Wife; occupation: school mistressSarah Edwards
Niece; occupation: scholarMary Ann Edwards

1878RecollectionsCharles Hudson, farm labourerRed HouseAshdown 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:

Hudson, Charles. Living at the Red House near Holly Hill Farm. Labourer aged 69 years in August 1879. Born on the Forest in Hartfield. When I was about 5 years old I helped my Father cut on the Forest, I do no know for whom. When I was about 9 years old I went as ploughboy to Mr. Chart who occupied Suntings Farm, Hartfield. I remained there off and on till I believe I was 12 years old. Then I worked with my Father till his death in 1829. Then I went as laborer to Mr. Robert Edwards at Lines Farm I'2 year. Then I worked at odd jobs about 2 years, then I married in 1833. I continued odd work for 6 or 7 years. Then I worked for Mr. Home at Stairs Farm, Hartfield belonging to Lord De La Warr till 1851 when I entered the service of Mr. Bernard Hale and have remained with him till the present time.


5th Apr 1891CensusWilliam Wilkinson, M, Head, married, age 45, born Edstaston, Shropshire; occupation: Electrical engineerWilliam WilkinsonRed House1891 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Frances H Wilkinson, F, Wife, married, age 57, born Ellesmere, ShropshireFrances H Wilkinson

5th Apr 1891CensusThomas Bingham, M, Head, married, age 41, born Clayton, Sussex, occupation: gardenerThomas Bingham, gardenerRed House1891 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Harriett Bingham, F, Wife, married, age 45, born East Grinstead, SussexHarriett Bingham
Alice Bingham, F, Daughter, age 12, born Forest Row, Sussex, occupation: scholarAlice Bingham
John Bingham, M, Son, age 4, born Forest Row, SussexJohn Bingham
Arthur Bingham, M, Son, age 2, born Forest Row, SussexArthur Bingham

c 1899Hollyhill and Marsh Green, Sussex - c 1899Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1899 by Ordnance SurveyRed House

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