|1879||Recollections||John Wheatley, agricultural labourer||Ravens Cottage||Ashdown Forest - notebook 2|
During The Ashdown Forest Dispute 1876-1882 commoners and land owners were interviewed by the solicitor William Raper. Their comments were recorded in a series of notebooks:
Wheatley, John. Suffers dreadfully from neuralgia in the head and will be impossible as a witness. Living at Ravens Cottage on the Forest near the Ridge, Hartfield. I was born 27 February 1809 on this part of the Forest and baptised at Hartfield. When I first remember we lived in the Forest near New Bridge then we moved up into what is now Ashdown Park. Then we went, when I was about 8 years old, to live near Brabies Hatch. Then our house fell down and we had to go to the Hartfield workhouse. Then we came to live in a cottage on the Turnpike near Fincham Farm where we lived several years. While we were there I went when about 14 or 15 years old to service and lived with Mr. Henry Young at Fincham Farm a year. I then went to Possingford and lived with Mr. Richard Streatfield for 1 1/2 years. Then I came home to the house on the Turnpike and have ever since worked about this part of the Forest.
|5th Apr 1891||Census||William J Parrish, M, Head, married, age 25, born Battersea, London; occupation: Bricklayer||William J Parrish||Ravens Cottage, Ashdown Forest||1891 Census|
|5th Apr 1891||Census||Lacy E Parrish, F, Wife, married, age 28, born Forest Row, Sussex||Lacy E Parrish|
|5th Apr 1891||Census||Gilbert Parrish, M, Son, age 7, born West Hoathly, Sussex; occupation: Scholar||Gilbert Parrish|
|5th Apr 1891||Census||Heneretta Parrish, F, Daughter, age 4, born Leamington, Hampshire; occupation: Scholar||Heneretta Parrish|
|5th Apr 1891||Census||Ada Parrish, F, Daughter, age 1, born Hartfield, Sussex||Ada Parrish|