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Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1862Maresfield by The Rev. Edward Turner, M.A.p. 145
1870A Compendious History of Sussex - Volume II. by Mark Antony Lower, M.A.p. 42
1871The Parliamentarian Surveys of the County of Sussex by John Robert Daniel-Tyssen, F.S.A. ⇒ p. 268
1902Historical Notes of Withyham, Hartfield and Ashdown Forest by C. N. Suttonp. 345
1931Wealden Iron by Ernest Straker ⇒ p. 247

Historical records

1610[North] Sussex[North] Sussex by John Norden and augmented by John SpeedPyppenfordJohn Speed
The first engraved maps of the counties of Great Britain were the work of Christopher Saxton who, under the authority of the Privy Council, surveyed the English counties in Elizabethan times, from 1574 to 1578. In 1593 he was followed by John Norden who projected an ambitious scheme for a complete series of county histories. He published before his death a number of counties - Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Essex, Northampton, Cornwall, Sussex and Surrey. John Speed's map of Sussex is based upon Norden's map and was engraved by Jodocus Hondius. It occupies pages nine and ten of John Speed's Atlas entitled "The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine", is 20 1/4 inches by 15 1/4 inches in size and shows additionally an interesting plan of Chichester and a spirited representation of the Battle of Hastings.

1645[North] Sussex[North] Sussex by Jan BlaeuPyppenfordJan Blaeu

Apr 1658HistoryPippingfordTurner's Ashdown Forest
In the Parliamentarian Survey, the great Park, with full particulars of the seven wards into which it was divided, and of the lodges standing upon them, are given with their boundaries in detail. The whole park consisted of 13,991 acres; and the seven walks are thus represented:-
  1. South-ward and West-ward not then divided. Of this no quantities are stated, nor is the name of the keeper given.
  2. Pippinford walk, 704 acres, with the lodge, 21 acres; John Pranke, keeper.
  3. Hindeleape walk, 341 acres, with the lodge, 30 acres; Francis Hesmond, keeper
  4. Broadstone walk, 1108 acres, and lodge, 37 acres; John Norman, keeper.
  5. Coombe Deane walk, 1040 acres, and lodge, 15 acres; James Kingsland, keeper.
  6. Wite Deane walk, 1843 acres, and lodge, 10 acres; John Norman, keeper.
  7. Duddleswell walk, and lodge, 30 acres; Robert Brookes, keeper
There was also
Warren lodge and ground, 100 acres in Broadstone walk, and 744 acres in East Grinstead, Richard Gibson, tenant;
Old Lodge and ground, 9 acres;
In Coombedeane walk, in Hartfield, and waste, 1502 acres, Henry Ford tenant;
Also lands called Prestridge Bank, and Footbridge, 417 acres;
White House, otherwise Chamberlayne's House, in Maresfield, 20 acres.

19th Nov 1658HistoryPippingfordParliamentary Surveys
Parliamentary Survey of Ashdown Forest & Pippinford Lodge

c 1693Ashdown ForestAshdown Forest by Barry Lucas after KeltonPippingfordStraker's Ashdown Forest

1695[North] Sussex[North] Sussex by Robert MordenPippenfordRobert Morden
Robert Morden was a London bookseller from 1669 until his death in 1703. He specialised in the geographical field and was himself something of a cartographer and a publisher. Throughout the 17th and most of the 18th centuries, there was little distinction between the activity of book or print-selling and that of publishing: many booksellers were also printers or engravers. They undertook the sale of each others' work and often combined to meet the high cost of publishing a new map or reissue of an old atlas, even if the original plates were still available. This map was published in Brittania: a chorographical description of Great Britain and Ireland by William Camden.

c 1795Peppingford Warren, Sussex - c 1795Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1795 by William Gardner and Thomas GreamPeppingford

24th Dec 1824WillPippingfordStuart Wilson's documents
The Will of William Le Blanc, Lawyer of New Bridge Street, Blackfriars in the City of London, drawn up 13 November 1824, and proved 24 December 1824.
"I give and devise my Messuage called Pippingford Lodge in the Parish of Maresfield in the County of Sussex with the Garden, Pleasure Grounds outbuildings and all other appurtenances therewith occupied and enjoyed and all other my freehold lands and tenements in Maresfield and Hartfield … to my Eldest Son" (William Elliott Le Blanc).
As William was under 21 at the time it was to be held in trust by his wife Ann Le Blanc and his brother Thomas Le Blanc.

c 1825Peppingford Warren, Sussex - c 1825Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1825 by Christopher and John GreenwoodPeppingford

1828Le Blanc, MrsAnn Le Blanc [Elliot]PimfordPigot's Directory

1833Shirley, H., esq.H. ShirleyPippingfordPigot's Directory

5th Nov 1836HistoryPippingfordTurner's Maresfield
... it [Pippingford] was sold to Mr Henry Shirley, who made large additions to the house, and by the carelessness of whose servants in preparing it for his reception after his marriage in 1836 it was destroyed by fire. Happening on the fifth of November the conflagration was mistaken for a large bonfire, so that but little aid was rendered by the residents of the neighbourhood in the attempt to extinguish it.

1837[North] Sussex[North] Sussex by Thomas MoulePeppingfordThomas Moule
Thomas Moule was a bookseller. He published a number of important works on heraldry and antiquities, including Bibliotheca heraldica Brittaniae in 1822. The English Counties delineated; or, a topographical description of England has a complete series of county maps and was published by Thomas Moule in 1837

1840[North] Sussex[North] Sussex by Joshua Archer, Pentonville, LondonPippingford ParkDugdale
Dugdale's England and Wales Delineated

6th Jun 1841CensusRobert Henderson, M, Head, age 45 to 49, born Scotland; occupation: bailiffRobert Henderson, bailiffPippingford1841 Census
Maresfield, Sussex
Jent Henderson, F, [Wife], age 45 to 49, born ScotlandJent Henderson
Aleson Henderson, F, [Daughter], age 15 to 19, born ScotlandAleson Henderson
Jean Henderson, F, [Daughter], age 14, born ScotlandJean Henderson
Maron Henderson, F, [Daughter], age 13, born ScotlandMaron Henderson
Helen Henderson, F, [Daughter], age 8, born ScotlandHelen Henderson

6th Jun 1841CensusJohn Bailey, M, Head, age 60 to 64, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourerJohn Bailey, farm labourerPippingford1841 Census
Maresfield, Sussex
Frances Bailey, F, [Wife], age 60 to 64, born SussexFrances Bailey

1851Mortimer, JohnJohn Mortimer, farmerPippingford LodgePost Office Directory

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farm labourerJohn Bailey, farm labourerPippingford, Nutley1851 Census
Maresfield, Sussex
Servant, occupation: housekeeperAnn Britt
VisitorHarriet Curtis

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation GROOMHenry NyePippingford, Nutley1851 Census
Maresfield, Sussex
WifeHannah Nye
DaughterHarriet Nye
Lodger; occupation Farm labourerWilliam Wickham

30th Mar 1851CensusHead, employs 28 people; occupation: farmerJohn Mortimer, farmerPippingford, Nutley1851 Census
Maresfield, Sussex
WifeMary Mortimer
Servant; occupation: farm bailiffRobert Henderson, farm bailiff
Servant's wifeMarry Ann Henderson
Servant's daughterElizabeth Young
Servant's daughterEmma Young

1867Directory entryHenniker Capt. Frederick, PippingfordPippingfordPost Office Directory

1867Directory entryMortimer John, esq., Pippingford parkPippingford parkPost Office Directory

1874Directory entryGray Frederick, Pippingford parkPippingford parkPost Office Directory

c 1875Pippingford, West of Hartfield - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyPippingford Park

3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam Gurr, M, Head, married, age 64, born Maresfield; occupation: gamekeeperWilliam Gurr, gamekeeperPippinford Lodge1881 Census
Maresfield, Sussex
Elizabeth Gurr, F, Daughter, single, age 34, born Maresfield; occupation: housekeeperElizabeth Gurr
Fanny Gurr, F, Daughter, single, age 30, born Maresfield; occupation: servantFanny Gurr

3rd Apr 1881CensusFrederick Gray, M, Head, married, age 45, born Somerset; occupation: land proprietorFrederick Gray, land proprietorPippinford Park1881 Census
Maresfield, Sussex
Frances Barnes, F, Servant, single, age 46, born Lewes; occupation: housekeeperFrances Barnes
Fanny Dawes, F, Servant, single, age 29, born Uckfield; occupation: cookFanny Dawes
Sarah Lephard, F, Servant, single, age 23, born Newick; occupation: housemaidSarah Lephard
Edith Turner, F, Servant, single, age 19, born Fletching; occupation: housemaidEdith Dumbrell [Turner]
Mercy Heasman, F, Servant, single, age 17, born Forest Row; occupation: kitchenmaidMercy Heasman
William Dawes, M, Servant, single, age 26, born Uckfield; occupation: footmanWilliam Dawes

3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Pankhurst, M, Head, single, age 17, born Hartfield; occupation GroomGeorge PankhurstPippinford Park1881 Census
Maresfield, Sussex

3rd Apr 1881CensusJesse Stevenson, M, Head, married, age 38, born Maresfield, employs 1 men and 1 boy; occupation: farmerJesse Stevenson, farmerPippinford Park1881 Census
Maresfield, Sussex
Sarah A. Stevenson, F, Wife, married, age 42, born MaresfieldSarah A. Stevenson
Albert C. Stevenson, M, Son, age 12, born MaresfieldAlbert C. Stevenson
George Stevenson, M, Son, age 10, born Maresfield; occupation: scholarGeorge Stevenson
Ada Stevenson, F, Daughter, age 8, born Maresfield; occupation: scholarAda Stevenson
Elizabeth Stevenson, F, Daughter, age 6, born Maresfield; occupation: scholarElizabeth Stevenson
Frederick Stevenson, M, Son, age 5, born Maresfield; occupation: scholarFrederick Stevenson
Catherine Stevenson, F, Daughter, age 4, born MaresfieldCatherine Stevenson
Arthur Stevenson, M, Son, age 1, born MaresfieldArthur Stevenson
Ruth Card, F, Servant, single, age 19, born Maresfield; occupation: domestic servantRuth Card
John Stevenson, M, Servant, single, age 15, born Maresfield; occupation: farm servantJohn Stevenson

1882Directory entryGray Frederick, Pippingford parkPippingford parkKelly's Directory

1882Directory entryStephenson Jesse, farmer, PippingfordPippingfordKelly's Directory

1888Directory entryGrey, Fredk., Esq., Pippingford parkPippingford parkBrooker's Guide

1888Directory entryGreen, James, gamekeeper, Pippingford, NutleyPippingford, NutleyBrooker's Guide

1888Directory entryStevenson, Jesse, farmer, PippingfordPippingfordBrooker's Guide

c 1899Pippinford Park, Sussex - c 1899Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1899 by Ordnance SurveyPippinford Park

1904ReflectionsPippinford ParkHighways & Byways

Between Withyham and Hartfield in the north, and Crowborough Beacon and Wytch Cross in the south, is some of the finest open country in Sussex, where one may walk for hours and meet no human creature. Here are silent desolate woods - the Five Hundred Acre Wood, under Crowborough, chief of them - and vast wastes of undulating heath, rising here and there to great heights crowned with fir trees, as at Gill's Lap. A few enclosed estates interrupt the forest's open freedom, but nothing can tame it. Sombre dark heather gives the prevailing note, but between Old Lodge and Pippinford Park I once came upon a green and luxuriant valley that would not have been out of place in Tyrol; while there is a field near Chuck Hatch where in April one may see more dancing daffodils than ever Wordsworth did.

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