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30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation CarpenterWilliam MilesYew Tree Cottage1851 Census
Hartfield, Sussex

1878RecollectionsBenjamin Bridger, farm labourerYew Tree CottageAshdown 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:

Bridger, Benjamin. Works for Mr. Robert Melville and lives on the Forest close by. Will be 68 in October 1879. Was born in Hartfield Parish and except for 8 years from about 18 to 26 years of age have lived in the Parish close to Hartfield Grove. During the 8 years I used to come home at least once a year.

My father's name was James Bridger. My earliest recollection is as a boy living with him on a little property of about 6 acres now called Yew Tree Farm close to Forest House and Colemans Hatch. I have heard my father say that he took in the 6 acres from the Forest and got a grant of it from the Duchess of Dorset. When I was about 16 years old we let the Yew Tree Farm and moved to Furnace Farm adjoining the Forest at New Bridge where my father lived till his death about 1848. Except during the 8 years I was away from home, I lived with my Father at Furnace Farm till about 1838 when I married and moved to the Yew Tree Cottage near which I have continued to live ever since.


1878RecollectionsJames (Ginger) Wheatley, agricultural labourer and stone-diggerYew Tree CottageAshdown 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:

Wheatley, James. Stone deaf. Yew Tree Cottage, near Forest House. Born in February 1818. I was about 9 years old when I first went to Shawhurst as a boy at 4d. a day with an ox team under old Master Hills (Edmund witness) for about 2 years when I was promoted to look after a horse team and did so about 9 1/2 years. Then went to Scotchford 1/2 year, then to Brighton 4 or 5 months. Then worked on the Brighton Railway about 2 years. Then returned home.

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5th Apr 1891CensusHenry Holms, M, Head, single, age 22, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: blacksmithHenry Holms, blacksmithYew Tree Cottage, Ashdown Forest1891 Census
Hartfield, Sussex
5th Apr 1891CensusHannah Holms, F, Mother, widowed, age 46, born Hartfield, Sussex; occupation: housekeeperHannah Holms
5th Apr 1891CensusAgnes McKerron, F, Boarder, age 14, born Pimlico, LondonAgnes McKerron

27th Jul 1915DeathWilliam Wheatley, agricultural labourerYew Tree CottageBeryl Offley's records
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