The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
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Ashdown Forest in 1692
The Weald is "the place where London ends and England can begin"
Ashdown Forest in 1875
Thirty miles south of London and half way to the South coast of England lies an area of outstanding natural beauty combined with a fascinating history called the Weald.  This was, to the Saxons of 900AD, part of Andredesweald (the forest of Andred the Roman fort at Pevensey), that stretched from the marshes of Kent to the New Forest in Hampshire - 120 miles long and 30 miles wide. The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex encompasses the Lancaster Great Park formed in 1372 and renamed as the Ashdown Forest in 1672.

This site catalogues the people, places, maps, drawings, engravings, books, writings and numerous lists and directories that are over 70 years old into an integrated database of information about one of the most attractive parts of England - The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex. In addition, the site and its many contributors have derived extensive familial relationships and pedigrees which can be of great use for genealogical study and research. Where appropriate, the viewer should verify the information presented by consulting the original sources that are noted at every point on this site.

The navigation bar at the top of this page (and every page on this site) give access to all of this information. Records can also be searched for from this page or from the dedicated search page.

Genealogical Pedigrees
The surname also includes alternative spelling
Count is the number of people

Adams - 1509
Akehurst - 1237
Alcorn & Alchorne - 1452
Allan - 826
Arnold - 526
Ashby - 2099
Ashdown - 1120
Atheral - 169
Attree - 113
Austin - 2109
Averey - 437
Avis - 846
Bailey - 772
Baker - 4258
Baldwin - 1036
Barber - 322
Barfoot & Burfoot - 422
Barnes - 476
Barrow - 600
Bassett - 748
Bedwell - 128
Beeching - 157
Bellingham - 832
Berry - 355
Berwick - 246
Best - 413
Bish & Bysshe - 475
Bishop - 659
Boarer & Bowrah - 592
Bones - 288
Bowles - 263
Box - 401
Bridger - 864
Bristow - 262
Bromley - 313
Brook & Brooks - 1043
Brooker - 2409
Brooman - 271
Brown - 2488
Bryant - 366
Budgen - 932
Burges - 1453
Burr - 314
Callow - 176
Cambridge & Combridge - 220
Card - 1533
Catt - 908
Cheasman & Cheesemer - 425
Chesson - 106
Chewtor & Chuter - 232
Chillman - 93
Clapson - 477
Clout - 303
Cole - 1262
Coleman - 686
Cork - 1089
Cornwell - 724
Couchman - 518
Cox - 643
Crittall - 285
Crouch - 486
Croucher - 100
Crowhurst - 858
Curd - 502
Dadswell - 1059
Dann - 1000
Daw - 561
Delves - 548
Denman - 227
Devall, Divall & Duvall - 984
Dibley - 186
Diplock & Duplock - 815
Doust - 189
Dumsday & Doomsday - 64
Eade - 399
Eastwood - 597
Edwards - 1760
Eldridge - 1066
Ellis - 1482
Everest - 1181
Fairway - 60
Farmer & Fermor - 1345
Farrant - 385
Fenner - 691
Fever - 142
Field & Field-Buss - 1239
Fowle - 206
Fowler - 202
Frost - 580
Fry - 1601
Funnel - 1132
Gabriel - 174
Gilbert - 786
Godley - 385
Golden & Golding - 317
Goldsmith - 1394
Gorham - 112
Gravat - 105
Gray & Grey - 252
Groombridge - 1019
Grove & Groves - 551
Grover - 378
Gurr - 542
Guy - 559
Haffenden - 649
Hailer & Haylor - 351
Haiselden, Hasleden & Hazledon - 716
Hall - 1460
Hallet - 285
Harden & Harding - 635
Hardwick - 71
Harman - 1274
Harmer - 1416
Hartfield - 516
Hawkins - 456
Heasman - 1683
Heath - 700
Heathfield - 272
Hebden & Hobden - 625
Helmesley - 685
Hider & Hyder - 654
Hilder - 301
Hill - 1297
Histed - 273
Hoadley - 850
Hoath - 578
Hobbs - 1068
Hollamby - 857
Holmewood - 1212
Hook - 807
Hooker - 452
Hudson & Hutson - 597
Humphrey & Umphrey - 1759
Izzard - 612
Jarratt - 375
Jarvis - 791
Jeffrey - 2257
Jenner - 2294
Jenner-Akehurst - 53
Kidd - 209
Kidder - 231
Killick - 1184
Langridge - 2215
Lavender - 483
Le May - 93
Leaves - 335
Leonard & Lennard - 306
Letchford & Lutchford - 106
Leveson & Leveson-Gower - 95
Luck - 710
Lulham - 215
Mackellow, Mancktelow, Mantelow & McKellow - 892
Marten & Martin - 2974
Mascall - 296
Meopham - 782
Mercer - 1336
Michelborne - 100
Miles - 1360
Moon - 1742
Morphew - 247
Morris - 630
Muddle - 530
Napp & Knapp - 156
Nash - 306
Neville - 255
Newington - 418
Noakes - 796
Novis & Novice - 526
Obbard - 101
Packham & Peckham - 1325
Page, Page Mitchell & Paige - 1773
Pariss & Parrish - 774
Parker - 1528
Patenden - 590
Peacock - 310
Pearless - 478
Penfold & Pennifold - 610
Pett - 129
Piddlesden - 230
Pilbeam - 823
Piper - 2316
Pocknell & Pucknell - 296
Pollington - 288
Pratt - 606
Price - 430
Quickenden & Quittenden - 298
Ralf, Realf, Relph & Rolfe - 1377
Rebbeck - 72
Ridley - 358
Rivers - 140
Rogers & Rodger - 1305
Rummens & Rumings - 343
Sackville & Sackville-West - 213
Sale - 969
Sandal - 152
Sawyer - 572
Shaw - 329
Shelley - 121
Sherley, Shirley & Shurley - 94
Spence & Spencer - 325
Spice - 351
Spittal - 186
Stapley - 1078
Stephens & Stevens - 1790
Stephenson & Stevenson - 811
Streater - 554
Streatfeild, Streatfield & Stratfield - 843
Tanner - 213
Taylor - 3067
Tribe - 58
Turk - 485
Turner - 3092
Twiner - 109
Underwood - 194
Vidler & Vitler - 531
Vigor - 217
Vine & Vyne - 396
Waite - 170
Walfare - 397
Walter - 1154
Watson - 684
Weeks & Weakes - 698
Weeding & Weeden - 141
Weller - 1754
Wenham & Whenham - 342
Weston - 1416
Whapham - 69
Wheatley - 1150
Wickenden - 1328
Wickens - 1852
Wicker - 247
Wickerson - 49
Wigmore - 88
Wilmshurst - 639
Woodham - 979
Wren - 623

Submissions by contributors, records from the 1841 through 1911 census and Parish records from 1550 for the selected surnames listed above have been cross referred to establish their genealogical pedigrees. These are being continually enhanced and expanded as new information and research becomes available.

The records of a further 7,500 surnames are also made available for reference purposes.

 
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Boyd Alexander
Boyd Alexander
1873-1910
Explorer and ornithologist
Jeffrey Amherst
Field Marshall Jeffrey Amherst
1716/7-1797
North America Commander
Jane Austen
Jane Austen
1775-1817
Author
Sir John Baker
Sir John Baker
c1488-1558
Bloody Baker
Wilfrid Ball
Wilfrid Ball
1853-1917
Painter

Sir William Burrell
Sir William Burrell
1732-1796
Antiquarian
Anne Boleyn
Anne Boleyn
1501-1536
Queen of England
Decimus Burton
Decimus Burton
1800-1881
Architect
Lt-Col. John By
Lt-Col. John By
1779-1836
Military engineer
Florence Emily Carlyle
Florence Emily Carlyle
1864-1923
Painter

Thomas Downes Wilmot Dearn
Thomas Downes Wilmot Dearn
1777 - 1853
Author, Artist and Architect
Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle
Conan Doyle
1859-1930
Author
Charles Burgess Fry
Charles Burgess Fry
1872-1956
Cricketer and journalist
Mad Jack Fuller
John 'Mad Jack' Fuller
1757-1834
Parliamentarian and patron of the arts
S.H. Grimm
S.H. Grimm
1733-1794
Topographical artist

Charles Hardinge
Charles Hardinge
1858-1944
Diplomast and Viceroy of India
Frederick Daniel Hardy
Frederick Daniel Hardy
1827-1911
Cranbrook Colony Painter
Minnie Louise Haskins
Minnie Louise Haskins
1875-1957
Poet and welfare worker
Edward Hasted
Edward Hasted
1732-1812
Historian
Henrietta Maria
Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I
1609-1669
Royal patronage of the 'Wells'

John Baker Holroyd
John Baker Holroyd
1st Earl of Sheffield
1735-1821
Politician, writer and owner of Sheffield Park
John Callcott Horsley
John Callcott Horsley
1817-1903
Cranbrook Colony Painter
Richard Jefferies
Richard Jefferies
1848-1887
Naturallist and author
Sir Andrew Judde
Sir Andrew Judde
c1492-1558
Founder of Tonbridge School
Richard Kidder
Richard Kidder
1633/4-1703
Bishop of Bath and Wells

Rudyard Kipling
Rudyard Kipling
1865-1936
Author
Vicesimus Knox
Vicesimus Knox, D.D.
1752-1821
Headmaster of Tonbridge School and writer
William Lambarde
William Lambarde
1536-1601
Antiquarian and lawyer
Mark Antony Lower
Mark Antony Lower
1813-1876
Antiquarian and author
Ebenezer Littleton
Ebenezer Littleton
1831-1920
Pastor

Louisa Martindale
Louisa Martindale
1839-1914
Liberal and Nonconformist
A.A. Milne
A.A.Milne
1882-1956
Author
Beau Nash
Richard "Beau" Nash
1674-1761
Dandy of the Georgian era
Coventry Patmore
Coventry Patmore
1823-1896
Poet
Charles Leeson Prince
Charles Leeson Prince
1821-1899
Surgeon and antiquarian

Richard Realf
Richard Realf
1832-1878
Abolitionist and poet
Sir Thomas Sackville
Sir Thomas Sackville
1536-1608
Statesman and poet
Vita Sackville-West
Vita Sackville-West
1892-1962
Poet, author and gardener
Sacharissa
Dorothy Sidney, Countess of Sunderland
1617-1684
'Sacharissa'
Siegfried Sassoon
Siegfried Sassoon
1886-1967
Novelist and poet

William Tarbutt
William Tarbutt
1810-1893
Basket maker and historian
William Makepeace Thackeray
William Makepeace Thackeray
1811-1863
Author
Reverend Edward Turner
Rev Edward Turner
1794-1872
Antiquarian
Thomas Webster
Thomas Webster
1800-1886
Cranbrook Colony Painter
Lt.-Gen. James Wolfe
Lt.-Gen. James Wolfe
1727-1759
"Liberator of Quebec"

People of note documents the lives of over ninety individuals who have made significant contributions to the Weald and includes:

Crowborough - c 1724
1724
Crowborough - c 1795
1795
Crowborough - c 1825
1825
Crowborough - c 1875
1875
Crowborough - c 1899
1899

Maps of the Weald commence in the 16th century courtesy of the Buckhurst Terrier and other historical sources. The 18th century sees the beginning of detailed 1 inch to 1 mile maps and this site records the Richard Budgen maps of 1724, the William Gardner and Thomas Gream maps of 1795, the Christopher and John Greenwood maps of 1825 and cross refers these to the  6 inch to 1 mile Ordnance Survey maps produced in the 1870s and 1890s.  Over 300 maps are available on this site


Rotherfield - 1785

Withyham - 1783

Eridge Castle - 1830

Mayfield - 1892

Wadhurst - 1906

Tonbridge - 1900

Tunbridge Wells - 1718

Speldhurst - 1900

Westerham - 1905

Sevenoaks - 1905

Over 2,500 Pictures, engravings and photographs of the Weald have been encoded into the database and identifiable locations have been cross-referred with the Weald database.


The History of Kent - Vol III

The History of Kent - Vol V

Edenbridge

Tunbridge Wells

Cobbetts Rural Rides

Tunbridge Wells and its Neighbourhood

The Ashdown Forest Dispute

Country Houses of Kent

English Homes and Villages (Kent & Sussex)

The Story of Wadhurst

The History of Sussex

The Worthies of Sussex

Highways & Byways in Sussex

Rotherfield

Buxted the Beautiful

The Story of Crowborough

The Buckhurst Terrier

Frant - A Parish history

The History of East Grinstead

Kellys Directory

Over 210 Books and documents about the Weald have been encoded into the database and identifiable locations and people have been cross-referred with the Weald database. For example:
To quote Richard Jefferies from his essay on Buckhurst Park - "This wild tract of Ashdown Forest bears much resemblance to Exmoor; you may walk, or you may ride, for hours and meet no one; and if black game were to start up it would not surprise you in the least. There seems room enough to chase the red stag from Buckhurst Park with horn and hound till, mayhap, he ended in the sea at Pevensey. Buckhurst Park is the centre of this immense manor. ........... Here and there a house stands, as it seems, alone in the world on the Forest ridge, thousands of acres of heather around, the deep weald underneath - as at Duddleswell, a look-out, as it were, over the earth. Forest Row, where they say the courtiers had their booths in ancient hunting days; Forest-Fold, Boar's-head Street, Greenwood Gate - all have a forest sound; and what prettier name could there be than Sweet-Haws? Greybirchet Wood, again; Mossbarn, Highbroom, and so on. Out­lying woods in every direction are fragments of the forest, you cannot get away from it; and look over whatever gate you will, there is always a view. ........ Clouds drift over; it is a wonderful observatory for cloud studies; they seem so close, the light is so strong, and there is nothing to check the sight as far as its powers will reach. Clouds come up no wider than a pasture-field, but in length stretching out to the very horizon, dividing the blue sky into two halves; but then every day has its different clouds - the fleets of heaven that are always sailing on and know no haven"
This site is dedicated to presenting the records of the Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex that are more than 70 years old and in the public domain. It was launched in May 2003 and is continually being updated with more information about the Weald as it becomes available from transcriptions of Census data, Parish records, Pictures, Photographs, Maps, Books and many other documents.

Thanks also to over four hundred and seventy people who have kindly contributed much additional information to the site.
Such contributions are welcome from all by E-mail .
Visitor number since 30th May 2003: 1234894
Currently The Weald is at  Database version 10.4 - 8th March 2014 and contains information on 370,214 people; 9,000 places; 613 maps; 3,136 pictures, engravings and photographs; and 226 books © The Weald and its contributors
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