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1574HistoryOld Forge [als Park Cottage]Eeles' Frant
In Eridge Park there were in close proximity a furnace and a forge. The earliest evidence of their existence is to be found in a list of owners of ironworks drawn up in 1574

1790HistoryEridge FurnaceEeles' Frant
Guns were undoubtedly cast at Eridge Furnace and in the 18th century one of these stood outside the Gun Inn at Eridge Green and … in a journal in 1790 the following account appears
"(it) now lies at Eridge Green and has served for many years for the amusement of the people on a holiday or fair-day, when they collect money to buy gunpowder to threw the shell to a hill about a mile distant. The weight of the shell sinks so deep into the earth, that is costs no little pains to dig it out after each discharge, which is repeated as long as the money lasts."

6th Jun 1841CensusElias Jenner, M, Head, age 37, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourerElias Jenner, farm labourerForge Cottage1841 Census
Frant, Sussex
6th Jun 1841CensusPhiladelphia Jenner, F, [Wife], age 40 to 44, born SussexPhiladelphia Jenner [Everest]
6th Jun 1841CensusEliza Jenner, F, [Daughter], age 12, born SussexEliza Jenner
6th Jun 1841CensusFanny Jenner, F, [Daughter], age 10, born SussexFanny Jenner
6th Jun 1841CensusHarriot Jenner, F, [Daughter], age 9, born SussexHarriot Jenner
6th Jun 1841CensusAlfred Jenner, M, [Son], age 7, born SussexAlfred Jenner
6th Jun 1841CensusElias Jenner, M, [Son], age 4, born SussexElias Jenner, farm labourer
6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Jenner, M, [Son], age 2, born SussexWilliam Jenner
6th Jun 1841CensusEdward Jenner, M, [Son], age 3 months, born SussexEdward Jenner

6th Jun 1841CensusSarah Everest, F, Head, age 60 to 64, born SussexSarah EverestForge Cottage1841 Census
Frant, Sussex
6th Jun 1841CensusGeorge Everest, M, [Son], age 30 to 34, born Sussex; occupation: carpenter journeymanGeorge Everest
6th Jun 1841CensusGeorge Everest, M, [Grand-son], age 9, born SussexGeorge Everest

6th Jun 1841CensusEdward Taylor, M, Head, age 57, born Sussex; occupation Farm labourerEdward TaylorForge Cottage1841 Census
Frant, Sussex
6th Jun 1841CensusAnn Taylor, F, [Wife], age 55 to 59, born SussexAnn Taylor
6th Jun 1841CensusAnn Taylor, F, [Mother], age 79, born SussexAnn Taylor

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farm labourerElias Jenner, farm labourerOld Forge1851 Census
Frant, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusWifePhiladelphia Jenner [Everest]
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughterHarriot Jenner
30th Mar 1851CensusSon; occupation: garden labourerAlfred Jenner
30th Mar 1851CensusSon; occupation: scholarElias Jenner, farm labourer
30th Mar 1851CensusSon; occupation: scholarWilliam Jenner
30th Mar 1851CensusSon; occupation: scholarEdward Jenner
30th Mar 1851CensusLodger; widowed; occupation Farm labourerEdward Stevens

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; widowed; occupation Farm labourerEdward TaylorOld Forge1851 Census
Frant, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusHousekeeper; widowedHannah Izzard [Burt]

7th Apr 1861CensusElias Jenner, M, Head, married, age 56, born Frant, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerElias Jenner, farm labourerOld Forge1861 Census
Frant and Tunbridge Wells, Sussex
7th Apr 1861CensusHannah Jenner, F, Wife, married, age 44, born Ross, HerefordshireHannah Jenner
7th Apr 1861CensusElias Jenner, M, Son, single, age 23, born Frant, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerElias Jenner
7th Apr 1861CensusJohn Jenner, M, Son, age 6, born Frant, Sussex; occupation: scholarJohn Jenner

7th Apr 1861CensusWilliam Stevenson, M, Lodger, single, age 29, born Danehill, Sussex; occupation: road labourer on Turnpike RoadWilliam Stevenson[Old Forge]1861 Census
Frant and Tunbridge Wells, Sussex

7th Apr 1861CensusObed Farmer, M, Head, widowed, age 43, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerObed Fermor, farm labourerOld Forge1861 Census
Frant and Tunbridge Wells, Sussex
7th Apr 1861CensusJames Farmer, M, Son, age 7, born Uckfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarJames Farmer
7th Apr 1861CensusElizabeth Farmer, F, Daughter, age 5, born Frant, Sussex; occupation: scholarElizabeth Farmer
7th Apr 1861CensusAnne Sargent, F, Servant, widowed, age 64, born Ticehurst, Sussex; occupation: housekeeperAnne Sargent

c 1875Old Eridge Park, Forge Wood & Great Danegate, South of Eridge Park - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyOld Forge

3rd Apr 1881CensusJude Hall, M, Head, married, age 34, born Mayfield; occupation: gamekeeperJude Hall, gamekeeperOld Forge Cottage1881 Census
Frant, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusAnn Hall, F, Wife, married, age 25, born RotherfieldAnn Hall [Boarer]
3rd Apr 1881CensusCharlotte Hall, F, Daughter, age 8, born Rotherfield; occupation: scholarCharlotte Ann Hall
3rd Apr 1881CensusEmily Hall, F, Daughter, age 5, born Frant; occupation: scholarEmily Hall

3rd Apr 1881CensusIden Fermor, M, Head, widowed, age 67, born Rotherfield; occupation: garden labourerIden Fermor, labourerOld Forge Cottage1881 Census
Frant, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusAnn Ralph, F, Servant, widowed, age 70; occupation HousekeeperAnn Ralph

5th Apr 1891CensusJude Hall, M, Head, married, age 42, born Mayfield, Sussex; occupation: gamekeeperJude Hall, gamekeeperPark Cottage1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
5th Apr 1891CensusAnn Hall, F, Wife, married, age 36, born Rotherfield, SussexAnn Hall [Boarer]
5th Apr 1891CensusWillie Hall, M, Son, age 9, born Frant, Sussex; occupation: scholarWillie Hall
5th Apr 1891CensusLizzie Hall, F, Daughter, age 5, born Frant, SussexLizzie Hall

5th Apr 1891CensusWilliam Midmore, M, Head, married, age 53, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation General LabourerWilliam MidmoreParkers Barn Cottage1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
5th Apr 1891CensusSarah Midmore, F, Wife, married, age 49, born Frant, SussexSarah Midmore
5th Apr 1891CensusJames Midmore, M, Son, single, age 23, born Frant, Sussex; occupation General LabourerJames Midmore
5th Apr 1891CensusLois Midmore, F, Daughter, single, age 21, born Frant, SussexLois Midmore
5th Apr 1891CensusPercy Midmore, M, Son, age 10, born Frant, Sussex; occupation ScholarPercy Midmore
5th Apr 1891CensusAnnie Midmore, F, Daughter, age 8, born Frant, Sussex; occupation ScholarAnnie Midmore

c 1899Steel Bridge, Sussex - c 1899Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1899 by Ordnance SurveyOld Forge
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