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Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1997The Ashdown Forest Dispute 1876-1882 by Professor Brian Short ⇒ Notebook extract

Historical records

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farm labourerWilliam Edwards, farm labourerReed House1851 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusWife; occupation: school mistressSarah Edwards
30th Mar 1851CensusNiece; occupation: scholarMary Ann Edwards

1878RecollectionsCharles Hudson, farm labourerRed HouseAshdown Forest dispute

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:

Hudson, Charles. Living at the Red House near Holly Hill Farm. Labourer aged 69 years in August 1879. Born on the Forest in Hartfield. When I was about 5 years old I helped my Father cut on the Forest, I do no know for whom. When I was about 9 years old I went as ploughboy to Mr. Chart who occupied Suntings Farm, Hartfield. I remained there off and on till I believe I was 12 years old. Then I worked with my Father till his death in 1829. Then I went as laborer to Mr. Robert Edwards at Lines Farm I'2 year. Then I worked at odd jobs about 2 years, then I married in 1833. I continued odd work for 6 or 7 years. Then I worked for Mr. Home at Stairs Farm, Hartfield belonging to Lord De La Warr till 1851 when I entered the service of Mr. Bernard Hale and have remained with him till the present time.


5th Apr 1891CensusWilliam Wilkinson, M, Head, married, age 45, born Edstaston, Shropshire; occupation: Electrical engineerWilliam WilkinsonRed House1891 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
5th Apr 1891CensusFrances H Wilkinson, F, Wife, married, age 57, born Ellesmere, ShropshireFrances H Wilkinson

5th Apr 1891CensusThomas Bingham, M, Head, married, age 41, born Clayton, Sussex, occupation: gardenerThomas Bingham, gardenerRed House1891 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
5th Apr 1891CensusHarriett Bingham, F, Wife, married, age 45, born East Grinstead, SussexHarriett Bingham
5th Apr 1891CensusAlice Bingham, F, Daughter, age 12, born Forest Row, Sussex, occupation: scholarAlice Bingham
5th Apr 1891CensusJohn Bingham, M, Son, age 4, born Forest Row, SussexJohn Bingham
5th Apr 1891CensusArthur Bingham, M, Son, age 2, born Forest Row, SussexArthur Bingham

c 1899Hollyhill and Marsh Green, Sussex - c 1899Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1899 by Ordnance SurveyRed House

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