The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Chartners [a.k.a. Chartness] Farm  Butcherfield Lane    Hartfield  

Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1902Historical Notes of Withyham, Hartfield and Ashdown Forest by C. N. Suttonp. 346
1931Wealden Iron by Ernest Straker ⇒ p. 244
1933Historic Houses of Sussex - Chartners Farm, Hartfield by Viscountess Wolseley ⇒ p. 415
1997The Ashdown Forest Dispute 1876-1882 by Professor Brian Short ⇒ Notebook extract

Historical records

1332HistoryChartners [a.k.a. Chartness] FarmWolseley's Chartners
Kings Court of Westminster: "John de Charteney, with his wife Margaret, acquired from Amice, daughter of William FirzPiers of Halstede, 107 acres of land, 5 acres of meadow and 15 acres of wood with the appurtenances in Hertfeld"

1441HistoryChartners [a.k.a. Chartness] FarmWolseley's Chartners
John de Strode buys of John de Charteneys, and his wife Margaret "a messuage, 40 acres of land and 4 acres of wood in Hertefeld" and two years later Richard de Barry and his wife Maud buys of John de Chartenoye and his wife Margaret "a messuage, 200 acres of land, 12 acres of meadow, 20 acres of wood and 24s rent in Hertfeld"

1542HistoryChartners [a.k.a. Chartness] FarmWolseley's Chartners
Thomas Hydney died seized of …. the Manor of Charkens in Harfield and Whethiham and of a capital messuage called "Charkens" in Hartfield , and of 100 acres of pasture, 50 acres of meadow, 100 acres of wood and 100 acres of heath in Hartfield and Whethiham

20th Apr 1590Leaseholder (21 yrs)Edmund HerdsChartnes als CharknesBuckhurst Terrier
Edmund Herds, yeoman holds by indenture messuage and lands called Chartnes als Charknes, and all that site and demeane lands of the manor of Colbins. Chartnes messuage, Chartnes greene, Mill meade, Clapper meade, Church field, Watson's land and meade, Pease Croft, Peakeridge, Watson's Croft, Railed feild, High feild, Lanehurst mead (3 fields), Lanehurst wood, Vilcombe Croft, Poccockes with a barn, Great Fursens, Marsh hoape, Little Fursens, Hedlond, Towne Croft, Hedlond and Ware Ham. Also Vitalls and Machins (4 fields). In all 276 acres: viz., meadow 50 acres, pasture 109 acres, arable 80 acres, wood 36 acres.
Rent £50 18s and 10 fat capons

1597Occupation TenantEdmund HerdsChartnesSutton's Historical Notes

c 1597Part of the maps produced in 1597 in the Buckhurst TerrierChartnes

1684LeaseholderChartners [a.k.a. Chartness] FarmPrivate contribution's records

John Killick took over the family farmland in Hartfield, just over the border into Sussex, when his father died 1667. In 1674-75 he appears as a churchwarden at Hartfield, and he held various parish offices over the years. About 1684 he rented Chartneys Farm and Carpenters Farm next to Bolebroke, Hartfield, from the Tufton Estate (Countess of Thanet), probably jointly with brother Ralph who left in 1695. Possibly the tenancy ended then, when there was a review and redistribution of the Tufton Estate holdings. It may be Ralph took over these lands later.
John signed the Rate Book 1677-1709 for all the years checked.
In October 1689 he gave One shilling towards the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral, following its destruction in the Great Fire of London in 1666.
In May 1689 he gave Two shillings and six pence to help Irish Protestants, one of the largest contributions in the parish. In April 1699 he gave Two shillings.

1714 to 1721LeaseholderChartners [a.k.a. Chartness] FarmPrivate contribution's records

In 1704 there was a dispute between Ralph Killick and brother John Killick over land in Hartfield
From 1714 to February 1721 the rate books list Ralphe as the occupier of Chartneys and Carpenters, Russell fields in the north of the parish, and Walters Farm in south of the parish. The assessments were amongst the largest in the parish, with annual value of £120, which was a very substantial sum in those days. Also in the Rent Roll between Michaelmas 1707 and 1714, Ralphe paid rent to the Earl of Thanet for the manor or farm of St Tyes, Hartfield.
From June 1714 to August 1722 it was occupied by his son John, now called St Ives and separate from Tye Farm
Ralphe was a beneficiary in the Will of his brother William 1675, and named in a Bill of Complaint of his brother Robert in 1704 re their father's estate.
Ralphe's Will was dated 5 September 1721, and proved on 5 February 1721/22, so he must have died between September and the following February. He was described as a Yeoman.
His son John was Executor, and the witnesses were Thomas Killick, Henry Batchelor, and George Hooper. The Will refers to his daughter Mary, the wife of John Bayley, and his grandchildren John and Mary Bayley. Proved in the Archdeaconry Court of Lewes, East Sussex

1751Occupation TenantR. EllmanChartnesSutton's Historical Notes

c 1795Withyham, Sussex - c 1795Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1795 by William Gardner and Thomas GreamChartners Farm

1801Occupation TenantT. GodleyChartnesSutton's Historical Notes

c 1825Withyham, Sussex - c 1825Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1825 by Christopher and John GreenwoodChartners Farm

6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Payne, M, Head, age 40 to 44, born Sussex; occupation: farmerWilliam Payne, farmerChartness1841 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Mary Payne, F, [Wife], age 35 to 39, born SussexMary Ann Payne [Jenden]
William Payne, M, [Son], age 11, born SussexWilliam Payne
Sarah Payne, F, [Daughter], age 9, born SussexSarah Payne
John Payne, M, [Son], age 7, born SussexJohn Jenden Payne
Henry Payne, M, [Son], age 5, born SussexHenry Payne
Edward Payne, M, [Son], age 4, born SussexEdward Payne
Robert Payne, M, [Son], age 2, born SussexRobert Payne
George Payne, M, [Son], age 1, born SussexGeorge Payne
John Kilner, M, age 70 to 74, born Sussex; occupation: servantJohn Kilner
Benjamin Cotton, M, age 25 to 29, born Sussex, occupation: servantBenjamin Cotton
George Payne, M, age 15 to 19, born Sussex; occupation: servantGeorge Paine
Ann Tester, F, age 20 to 24, born Sussex; occupation: servantAnn Tester
Abigail Heasman, F, age 15 to 19, born Sussex; occupation: servantAbigail Heasman
Sarah Huggett, F, age 12, born Sussex; occupation: servantSarah Huggett

1851Payne, WilliamWilliam Payne, farmerChartness FarmPost Office Directory

30th Mar 1851CensusHead, employs 6 people; occupation: farmerWilliam Payne, farmerChartness1851 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
WifeMary Ann Payne [Jenden]
SonJohn Jenden Payne
SonEdward Payne
SonRobert Payne
SonAlfred Payne
SonCharles Payne, carpenter
SonTrayton Payne
DaughterEllen Payne
SonUnnamed son Payne
Servant; occupation: farm labourerJames Baker
Servant; occupation: house servantAnn Pearson [Divall]
Nurse; occupation NurseMary Neighbour
Servant; occupation: house servantJane Cole
Servant; occupation: errand boyWilliam Gatford

1865Occupation TenantW. FryChartnesSutton's Historical Notes

1867Directory entryFry Samuel, farmer, Chartness farmChartness farmPost Office Directory

1874Directory entryFry Samuel, farmer, Chartness farmChartness farmPost Office Directory

c 1875Occupation TenantMrs FryChartnesSutton's Historical Notes

c 1875Bolebrook, North of Hartfield - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyChartness Farm

3rd Apr 1881CensusJoseph Ede, M, Head, married, age 50, born Cuckfield; occupation: farm labourerJoseph Ede, farm labourerChartness Stationary House Cart1881 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Ann Ede, F, Wife, married, age 47, born HertfordshireAnn Ede

3rd Apr 1881CensusSamuel Fry, M, Head, married, age 59, born Hartfield, employs 4 men; occupation: farmerSamuel Fry, farm labourerChartness Farm House1881 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Sarah Fry, F, Wife, married, age 57, born CowdenSarah Fry [Smeed]
Louisa Fry, F, Daughter, single, age 28, born ArdinglyLouisa Fry
Alice S. Fry, F, Daughter, single, age 21, born LindfieldAlice S. Fry
Harriett Read, F, Servant, single, age 29, born Hartfield; occupation Domestic servantHarriett Read
Walter Knight, M, Servant, single, age 27, born Rotherfield; occupation: farm labourerWalter Knight
John Atherall, M, Servant, single, age 17, born Hartfield; occupation: farm labourerJohn Atherall

1882Directory entryFry Samuel, farmer, Chartness farmChartness farmKelly's Directory

c 1890Occupation TenantC. CarterChartnesSutton's Historical Notes

5th Apr 1891CensusHarriett A Fry, F, Head, widowed, age 36, born Croydon, Surrey; occupation: farmerHarriett Annie Fry [Grove]Chartness Farm1891 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
Florence L Fry, F, Daughter, age 12, born Croydon, Surrey; occupation: scholarFlorence L. Fry
Mary M Fry, F, Daughter, age 8, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarMary M Fry
Albert E Fry, M, Son, age 6, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarAlbert E Fry
Edith S Fry, F, Daughter, age 4, born Hartfield, SussexEdith S Fry
Arthur W Fry, M, Son, age 2, born Hartfield, SussexArthur W Fry
Percy E Fry, M, Son, age 8 months, born Hartfield, SussexPercy Grove Fry
Arthur Miles, M, Servant, single, age 30, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerArthur Miles, bailiff
Annie Medhurst, F, Servant, single, age 20, born East Grinstead, Sussex; occupation: general domestic servantAnnie Medhurst

c 1899Hartwell House and Chartness Farm, Sussex - c 1899Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1899 by Ordnance SurveyChartness Farm

1901Occupation TenantJ. HookerChartnesSutton's Historical Notes

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