The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Bletchinglye    Bletchinglye Lane  Rotherfield  

Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1928Rotherfield - The Story of some Wealden Manors by Catharine Pulleinp. 48; p. 56; p. 61
1933Historic Houses of Sussex - Bletchingley Farm, Rotherfield by Viscountess Wolseley ⇒ p. 278

Historical records

1296Subsidy/tax list4s 6 3/4dNicholas de BleechyngeleghBleechyngelegh, Village of Suthborgh, Hundred of RetherfeldPullein's Rotherfield

1327Subsidy/tax list3s 4 3/4dJohn de BlechinggeleghBlechinggelegh, Village of Retherfeld, Hundred of RetherfeldPullein's Rotherfield

1332Subsidy/tax list5s 3dJohn de BlechinggeleghBleechynlegh, Village of Rutherfeld, Hundred of RutherfeldPullein's Rotherfield

c 1350Tenant listJohn de BlechinggeleghOne messuage and 100 acres of ancient feoffment, RetherfeldePullein's Rotherfield

1359HistoryBletchinglyeWolseley's Bletchingley
Robert Picot and Agnes his wife, and Richard and Emma Parker sold Bletchingley Farm to John de Saperton

1st Jan 1526HistoryBletchinglyeWolseley's Bletchingley
The Will of John Mason: ". that Robert Mason the son of John Mason my son shall have all my landes and tenements with their pertinences in Rotherfeld called blechynglies ."

14th Dec 1559HistoryBletchinglyeWolseley's Bletchingley
The Rotherfield Court Rolls: ". Edward Parker, gentleman, attends and makes known that he holds of the lord a messuage and certain lands with appurtenances called Bletchinglie, in Rotherfield ."

2nd May 1587HistoryBletchinglyeWolseley's Bletchingley
The Rotherfield Court Rolls: ". that Thomas Pococke who held one pennyworth called Blechunglye with appurtenances in Rotherfield died ."

1st Apr 1618HistoryBletchinglyeWolseley's Bletchingley
The Will of John Pococke: ". will and give John Pococke Cozen and my Executor all that my manor called or knowne by the name Bletchinlye with all the howses edifices barnes gardens orcherdes landes meadowes pastures ffeedinges woodes and all other hereditaments thereunto belonging situate and beinge in Rotherfield

1645HistoryBletchinglyeWolseley's Bletchingley
Sale of the "Manor of Bletchingden alias Bletchingley" with tenements in Rotherfield consisting of "1 messuage, 1 orchard, 40 acres of land, 20 acres of meadow, 40 acres of pasture, 40 acres of wood and 30 acres of furze and heath"

1721HistoryBletchinglyeWolseley's Bletchingley
Quit Rental: Mr Thomas Maye of Hadlow for a messuage and land called Bletchingley - 8/11

c 1795Rotherfield, Sussex - c 1795Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1795 by William Gardner and Thomas GreamBletchingly Farm

6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Corke, M, Head, age 55 to 59, born Sussex; occupation: farmerWilliam Corke, farmerBletchingly1841 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Ansley Corke, F, [Wife], age 56, born SussexAnnsley Corke [Wickens]
George Corke, M, [Son], age 20 to 24, born SussexGeorge Corke
William Corke, M, [Son], age 20 to 24, born SussexWilliam Corke
Philip Corke, M, [Grandson], age 10, born SussexPhilip Corke
Benjamin Brooman, M, age 25 to 29, born Sussex; occupation: servantBenjamin Brooman
Samuel Brooman, M, age 25 to 29, born Sussex; occupation: servantSamuel Brooman
Mary Nelson, F, age 25 to 29, born Sussex; occupation ServantMary Nelson
Charlotte Holmwood, F, age 15 to 19, born Sussex; occupation: servantCharlotte Holmwood
Sarah Wickens, F, age 10, born Sussex; occupation ServantSarah Brooman [Wickens]

30th Mar 1851CensusHead, employs 4 people; occupation: farmerWilliam Corke, farmerBletchingley1851 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Servant; occupation HousekeeperMary Wilson
Grand-daughter; occupation ScholarFrances Waterhurst
Servant; occupation Farm LabourerCharles Pilbeam
Servant; occupation Farm labourerWilliam Jarratt
Servant; occupation: farm labourerJohn Hoath, farm labourer
Grand-daughter; occupation: house servantPhiladelphia Corke Fenner

c 1860Historyold farmhouseWolseley's Bletchingley
About 1860 the Duchess of Leeds bought the property for the purpose of founding an orphanage for girls and presented it to the Roman Catholic Church. Their trustees sold a portion of the land together with the old farmhouse.

7th Apr 1861CensusMaria Fenner, F, Head, widowed, age 47, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farmer of 138 acresMaria Fenner [Vineall]Betchingly Farm1861 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
Harriet Colebrooke, F, Visitor, widowed, age 47, born Rolvenden, KentHarriet Colebrooke
George F Goldsmith, M, Adopted son, age 7, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarGeorge Frederick Goldsmith
Alice Bridger, F, Servant, single, age 40, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: house servantAlice Bridger
Fredrick Bridger, M, Servant, single, age 34, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: carterFrederick Bridger, farmer
William Hope, M, Servant, single, age 28, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm servantWilliam Hope
Jessey Izzard, M, Servant, single, age 20, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm servantJesse Izzard, farm labourer
Stephen Hope, M, Servant, single, age 18, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: carter boyStephen Hope

2nd Apr 1871CensusJohn Upton, M, Head, married, age 58, born East Malling, Kent; occupation: farm bailiffJohn Upton, farm bailiffBlechingly Farm1871 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
Judith Upton, F, Wife, married, age 40, born Brenchley, KentJudith Upton
William Upton, M, Son, single, age 19, born Maidstone, Kent; occupation: farm labourerWilliam Upton
Henry Upton, M, Son, age 11, born Maidstone, Kent; occupation: scholarHenry Upton
Emily Upton, F, Daughter, age 8, born Maidstone, Kent; occupation: scholarEmily Upton

1874Directory entryGillett Robert, farmer, BletchingleyBletchingleyPost Office Directory

c 1875Blatchinglye, Frenches, Little & Great Trodgers, East of Rotherfield - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyBlatchinglye

3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Berry, M, Head, married, age 49, born Rotherfield; occupation: farm labourerGeorge Berry, farm labourerBlatchingly1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Harriat Berry, F, Wife, married, age 48, born FrantHarriat Berry

3rd Apr 1881CensusCharles Gilbert, M, Head, married, age 52, born Rotherfield; occupation: farm bailiffCharles Gilbert, farm bailiffBlatchingly1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Elizabeth M. Gilbert, F, Wife, married, age 49, born RotherfieldElizabeth Mary Gilbert
Charles H. Gilbert, M, Son, single, age 21, born Rotherfield; occupation: farm labourerCharles Henry Gilbert, railway signalman
Stephen Gilbert, M, Son, age 18, born Rotherfield; occupation: farm labourerStephen Gilbert, farm labourer
George Gilbert, M, Son, age 16, born Rotherfield; occupation: farm labourerGeorge Gilbert

3rd Apr 1881CensusJoseph Bridger, M, Head, widowed, age 67, born Norfolk; occupation Retired FarmerJoseph Bridger, farmerCourt Lodge1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Harry Bridger, M, Son, single, age 39, born Rotherfield; occupation Farm labourerHarry Bridger
Margaret Bridger, F, Daughter, single, age 26, born Rotherfield; occupation DressmakerMargaret Bridger
Ellen L. Bridger, F, Daughter, single, age 22, born Rotherfield; occupation HousekeeperEllen Louisa Bridger

5th Apr 1891CensusCharles Gilbert, M, Head, married, age 61, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerCharles Gilbert, farm bailiffBletchingly1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Elizabeth M Gilbert, F, Wife, married, age 59, born Rotherfield, SussexElizabeth Mary Gilbert

5th Apr 1891CensusStephen Gilbert, M, Head, married, age 28, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerStephen Gilbert, farm labourerBletchingly1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Alice Gilbert, F, Wife, married, age 26, born Ticehurst, SussexAlice Gilbert
Edith Mary Gilbert, F, Daughter, age 3, born Rotherfield, SussexEdith Mary Gilbert
Florence Alice Gilbert, F, Daughter, age 2, born Rotherfield, SussexFlorence Alice Gilbert

2nd Apr 1911CensusStephen Gilbert, M, Head, widower, age 48, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerStephen Gilbert, farm labourerBletchingly Farm, Town Row, Rotherfield1911 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Florence Alice Gilbert, F, Daughter, single, age 22, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: housekeeperFlorence Alice Gilbert
Frederick Thomas Gilbert, M, Son, single, age 19, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: wheelwright's apprenticeFrederick Thomas Gilbert
Rose Gilbert, F, Daughter, age 8, born Rotherfield, SussexRose Gilbert
Percy Gilbert, M, Son, age 3, born Rotherfield, SussexPercy Gilbert

2001TodayBletchinglye Farm

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