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Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1871The Parliamentarian Surveys of the County of Sussex by John Robert Daniel-Tyssen, F.S.A. ⇒ p. 299

Historical records

Apr 1658HistoryWhite HouseTurner'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.

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

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; employs 1 person; occupation: farmerJoseph Newnham, farmerWhite House Farm1851 Census
Maresfield, Sussex
WifeMary Ann Newnham
Servant; occupation: farm labourerHenry Friend

c 1875Ashdown Forest & Camp Hill, North of Maresfield - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyWhitehouse Farm

1879RecollectionsThomas OsbornWhitehouse Farm.Ashdown 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:

Osborn, Thomas. 56. Born on Clapwater Farm, Fletching. My grandfather used Woodcock Farm under Sir Thomas Wilson and when I first remember he used to turn his stock from Woodcock on to the Forest and used regularly to have litter and turn from the Forest. I used to go out with the teams on to the Forest for a ride when I was a child and when I was big enough I went as carter boy and afterwards as mate with my grandfather Osborn's horses.

My grandfather died at Woodcocks when I was 19 and the following summer I went to work for old Mr. Harry Card at Fords Green on a farm of about 30 acres which he owns. I was 6 months with him and then I went to live at Alchorn's Farm, about 60 acres, in Fletching and Maresfield (Shelley property) which my maternal grandfather Gibbons and afterwards my Father and afterwards my uncle George Horn farmed and I remained there till 23 years ago when I took Whitehouse Farm at Duddleswell belonging to Lady Shelley which I farmed 9 years. Then I took Fairwarp Farm for 14 years till last Michaelmas when I removed back to Whitehouse Farm. After my grandfather Osborn died Sir Thomas Wilson and after him Sir Spencer have used Woodcocks Farm themselves.


1882Directory entryHobbs James, farmer, Whitehouse farm, DuddleswellWhitehouse farm, DuddleswellKelly's Directory

1888Directory entryOsborne, William, farmer, White house, DuddleswellWhite house, DuddleswellBrooker's Guide

c 1899Whitehouse Farm, Sussex - c 1899Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1899 by Ordnance SurveyWhitehouse Farm

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