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PublishedTitle, author and references
1902Historical Notes of Withyham, Hartfield and Ashdown Forest by C. N. Suttonp. 122

Historical records

1590 to 1598HistoryWilletts FarmSutton's Historical Notes
This [The Parish of Withyham] was an extensive manor. In a survey (32-40 Elizabeth) it includes the knoll by the church, extending from Withyham towards Summerford, between the road on the one side and the river on the other, to the Manor of Fiskeridge; afterwards by Hale Farm, Blackham Common (now enclosed), Willets Farm, bounded by the Kent Water; along by Holywych, the Sussex House Farm, Holtye Common, extending a little way into the Parish of East Grinstead on the right, over to the Beeches Farm and Bassetts, towards Hartfield and to Hodore.

1597FreeholderJohn HartWillettBuckhurst Terrier
John Hart holds by deed tenement called Willett and 80 acres, bounds:
  • Blackham Common to the West
  • river running from Withiham towards Chafford to the East
  • land called Bowyers to the South
  • Kent Water from Grinsted to the great River to the North
Rent 13s. 4d.

1714Occupation TenantJohn SaxbyWillett's FarmSutton's Historical Notes

1736Occupation TenantJohn PearlessWillett's FarmSutton's Historical Notes

1769Occupation TenantWilliam PearlessWillett's FarmSutton's Historical Notes

1788Occupation TenantMary PearlessWillett's FarmSutton's Historical Notes

1808Occupation TenantWilliam PearlessWillett's FarmSutton's Historical Notes

c 1830Occupation TenantWilliam CrowhurstWillett's FarmSutton's Historical Notes

6th Jun 1841CensusBenjamin Budgen, M, Head, age 35 to 39, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourerBenjamin BudgenWillets Farm1841 Census
Withyham, Sussex
Lydia Budgen, F, [Wife], age 35 to 39, born SussexLydia Budgen [Hills]
Anna Budgen, F, [Daughter], age 11, born SussexAnne Budgen
Elisabeth Budgen, F, [Daughter], age 10, born SussexElizabeth Budgen
Benjamin Budgen, M, [Son], age 7, born SussexBenjamin Budgen
Mary Anne Budgen, F, [Daughter], age 5, born SussexMary Anne Budgen
Charlotte Budgen, F, [Daughter], age 1, born SussexCharlotte Budgen
Charles Catt, M, age 15 to 19, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourerCharles Catt

1847Occupation TenantWilliam PayneWillett's FarmSutton's Historical Notes

30th Mar 1851CensusHead, employs 6 people; occupation: farmerWilliam PayneWillett's Farm1851 Census
Withyham, Sussex
BrotherGeorge Payne
SisterSarah Payne
Servant; occupation: house servantMary Heaver
Servant; occupation: farm labourerGeorge Farmer, farm labourer
Servant; occupation: farm labourerLuke Langridge
Servant; occupation: farm labourerJohn Gatford
Servant; occupation: farm labourerJoseph Verral

1862Occupation TenantThomas HammondWillett's FarmSutton's Historical Notes

c 1875Blackham Mill & Willetts Farm, North East of Withyham - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyWillets Farm

3rd Apr 1881CensusRebecca Fry, F, Head, widowed, age 57, born HartfieldRebecca Fry [Mercer]Willetts Farm1881 Census
Withyham, Sussex
Henry Fry, M, Son, single, age 17, born Withyham; occupation: shepherdHenry Fry

1885Occupation TenantThomas FloydWillett's FarmSutton's Historical Notes

5th Apr 1891CensusThomas Floyd, M, Head, married, age 52, born Tudeley-Cum-Capel, Kent; occupation: farmerThomas Floyd, farmerWilletts Farm1891 Census
Withyham, Sussex
Charlotte Floyd, F, Wife, married, age 50, born Wadhurst, SussexCharlotte Floyd
Thomas Floyd, M, Son, single, age 7, born Withyham, SussexThomas Floyd
Edith A A Ingram, M, Servant, single, age 14, born Withyham, Sussex; occupation: general domestic servantEdith A A Ingram

2nd Apr 1911CensusThomas Ford, M, Head, widower, age 72, born Tudely, Kent; occupation: farmerThomas Ford, farmerWilletts Farm, Blackham1911 Census
Withyham, Sussex
Thomas Ford, M, Son, single, age 27, born Withyham, Sussex; occupation: working on farmThomas Ford
Gertrude Jeffery, F, Niece, single, age 39, born Tunbridge, Kent; occupation: housekeeperGertrude Jeffery

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