The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex

The Ashdown Forest Dispute 1876-1882
by Professor Brian Short
published by Sussex Record Society in 1997
Excerpts from this work have been reproduced on this site with the kind permission of Professor Brian Short

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Henry Thorpe

Thorp, Henry. Living at Killick's Cottage, New Bridge. Labourer aged 92. Born at Nutley. At 14 years old I went as carter boy for a year under a Mr. Diplock, tenant of Broadstone Farm and Warren. I then went for a year as carter boy to Mr. Gilbert at Barkham Farm, belonging to a Sir J. Wilson. Then I went vie a year as odd boy to Broomlye Farm under Mr. Snashall. Then went back to Mr. Gilbert at Barkham Farm for 1/2 a year. I was then too big for carter boy and too small for a man. I then went to Mr. Carmanah at Homesdell's Farm belonging to Lord Sheffield about 1/2 a year. Then I went to Allchins Farm under Mr. Humphrey (now used by Mr. Turner at Nutley, belonging to Lady Shelley) for about 1/2 a year. Then back to Homesdell Farm for 1/2 a year, then went with a team under Mr. [?] at Spring Farm belonging to Lord Sheffield. I married at about 21 and after about 1 year I went to Old Lodge near Pippingford and worked there about 6 years.

Then went to Sir Thomas Wilson at Fletching 3 years, then went to Beacon Farm beyond Maskett under Elliott about 2 years, then to Admiral Henniker's at Ashdown Park and after his death to Mrs Henniker for 37 years. Soon after that I came to New Bridge 20 years last April.

My father worked at Masketts Farm in Maresfield under a Mr. Anthony Wheeler for 28 years. When I was a child he was there, he used to cut litter on the Forest for the farm. From 6 or 7 years of age I used to go with him for the day when he was cutting on the Forest. No one ever interfered with us.

Sir Thomas Wilson said his right was to turn 12 cows out on the Forest.

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