The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex

The Ashdown Forest Dispute 1876-1882
by Professor Brian Short
published by Sussex Record Society in 1997
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Dadswell, Edward. 30. Living at new cottage near Crow and Gate. Son of Alfred T. Dadswell who used to use Strood Farm, Buxted. I was born at Strood. As a boy I worked at Wood's nursery in Maresfield and then I went to work at Puxty and have continued to work there ever since, first for Mr. Patmore for 7 years, then for this tenant Mr. Weinholt 5 years. He left this last Michaelmas. We had litter from the Forest every year since I have been at Puxty. I have cut it for 4 or 5 years including the present winter.

On Thursday 28th October last I was cutting litter close against Kings Standing clump for Puxty when Pilbeam, one of Lord De La Warr's lookers came up to me and asked who I was cutting [for]. I told him for Puxty. He then told me I must not cut it. I laughed at him.

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