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PublishedTitle, author and references
1902Historical Notes of Withyham, Hartfield and Ashdown Forest by C. N. Suttonp. 110

Historical records

4th Dec 1595Leaseholder (21 yrs)Edward BurrishSommersBuckhurst Terrier
Edward Burrish, yeoman, holds by indenture the messuage called Sommers, with the orchards and gardens, Batchelers Mead, The Grovett, and Batchelers field. Also parcel of Bullfinches Farm, Rough Cockshutts, Cockshutt Iland, Aldrey Croft, Hukins Croft and Longe Croft, in all 59 acres: viz., meadow 17 acres, pasture 20 acres, arable 20 acres and wood less than 1 acre.
Rent £19 10s and 2 fat capons alive 1st November

c 1597Hartfeild, Withyham, and Buckhurst Parck, The Manor of Buckhurst - c 1597Part of the maps produced in 1597 in the Buckhurst TerrierSommers

1636Occupation TenantWilliam PiggottSomers Farm HouseSutton's Historical Notes

1735Occupation TenantRichard SpencerThe Ale HouseSutton's Historical Notes

1741Occupation TenantRobert CrowhurstThe Ale HouseSutton's Historical Notes

1741Occupation TenantJoseph junior SpencerThe Ale HouseSutton's Historical Notes

1793Occupation TenantJohn SpencerThe Ale HouseSutton's Historical Notes

1793Occupation TenantAbraham SpencerThe Ale HouseSutton's Historical Notes

c 1820Occupation TenantJames FarrendenThe Dorset ArmsSutton's Historical Notes

1838CensusHead; occupation: innkeeperJames Farrenden, innkeeperInn, Withyham Village1838 Census
Withyham, Sussex

6th Jun 1841CensusJames Farrenden, M, Head, age 65 to 69, born Sussex; occupation: innkeeperJames Farrenden, innkeeperDorset Arms Inn1841 Census
Withyham, Sussex
6th Jun 1841CensusSarah Farrenden, F, [Wife], age 65 to 69, born SussexSarah Farrenden
6th Jun 1841CensusHarriet Hider, F, age 15 to 19, born Sussex; occupation: servantHarriet Hider
6th Jun 1841CensusGertrude Pledge, F, age 15 to 19, born Sussex; occupation ServantGertrude Pledge
6th Jun 1841CensusEmily Spencer, F, age 15 to 19, born Sussex; occupation ServantEmily Spencer
6th Jun 1841CensusGeorge Fry, M, age 15 to 19, born Sussex; occupation: servantGeorge Fry

1851Norman, William; occupation InnkeeperWilliam NormanDorset ArmsPost Office Directory

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation Innkeeper and brewerWilliam NormanDorset Arms Inn1851 Census
Withyham, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusWifeLucy Norman
30th Mar 1851CensusSon; occupation OstlerNorman Norman
30th Mar 1851CensusSon; occupation BrewerGeorge Norman
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation: farm labourerJames Dadswell
30th Mar 1851CensusMary Heasman, F, Servant, single, age 15, born Withyham, occupation: house servantMary Ann Heasman
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation: farm labourerWilliam Budgen
30th Mar 1851CensusNiece; occupation: scholarFanny Loads
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation: farm labourerJohn Longley
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation Farm LabourerWilliam Waller

c 1860Occupation TenantSmith DevallThe Dorset ArmsSutton's Historical Notes

1861CensusJames Harris, Head, married, 39, Innkeeper, Born EssexJames HarrisDorset Arms Inn1861 Census

1861CensusElizabeth Harris, Wife, married, 44, Born ScotlandElizabeth HarrisDorset Arms Inn1861 Census

1861CensusMartha Harris, Daughter, 16, Born Middlesex, WhitechapelMartha Hall [Harris]Dorset Arms Inn1861 Census

1867Directory entryHarris James, Dorset Arms innDorset Arms innPost Office Directory

c 1870Occupation TenantJames HarrisThe Dorset ArmsSutton's Historical Notes

1871CensusJames Harris, Head, married, 49, Innkeeper, Born EssexJames HarrisDorset Arms Inn1871 Census

1871CensusElizabeth Harris, Wife, married, 56, Born ScotlandElizabeth HarrisDorset Arms Inn1871 Census

1874Directory entryHarris James, Dorset Arms innDorset Arms innPost Office Directory

c 1875Buckhurst, Balls Green, St Mary's & St Michael's, Hartfield & Withyham - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyDorset Arms Inn

c 1875Occupation TenantThomas GoodwinThe Dorset ArmsSutton's Historical Notes

1881Occupation TenantWilliam TempleThe Dorset ArmsSutton's Historical Notes

3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas Goodwin, M, Head, married, age 49, born Penshurst; occupation: innkeeperThomas Goodwin, innkeeperDorset Arms Inn1881 Census
Withyham, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusEmily Goodwin, F, Wife, married, age 44, born BuxtedEmily Goodwin [Diplock]
3rd Apr 1881CensusSally Duplock, F, Neice, age 12, born BuxtedSally Diplock
3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam Parker, M, Servant Dom, age 17, born Hartfield; occupation: domestic servantWilliam Parker, farm labourer

1882Directory entryTemple William, Dorset Arms inn, Fisher's gateDorset Arms inn, Fisher's gateKelly's Directory

5th Apr 1891CensusWilliam Temple, M, Head, married, age 66, born Cornwall; occupation: Innkeeper and farmerWilliam TempleDorset Arms1891 Census
Withyham, Sussex
5th Apr 1891CensusAnnie Temple, F, Wife, married, age 56, born Edenbridge, KentAnnie Temple
5th Apr 1891CensusAnnie L Temple, F, Daughter, single, age 23, born Dormansland, SurreyAnnie L Temple

1896Occupation TenantJoseph SnazellThe Dorset ArmsSutton's Historical Notes

1902HistoryDorset Arms InnSutton's Historical Notes
The Dorset Arms was (300 years ago) [now 400 years ago] Somers Farm House, and the land adjoining (Batchelor's Mead, or the Fair Field, Bachelor's Field, beyond the Park Fence, also the Round Knole, the Middle Knole, and the Knole) went with it. In one of the maps of Withyham, probably 100 [now 200] old, it was called the "Ale House". Within the memory of many parishioners a large barn stood where the present stable is, and was used for some years by the Reverend Sackville Stephens Bale, who farmed the land near the rectory. There was formerly a building where the dairy now stands, which was used as a slaughter-house by the Hartfield butcher.
The chestnut tree on the village green was planted in 1849 to commemorate the return of Charles Richard, the sixth Earl De La Warr, from the Sikh War. It was conveyed to the green on a timber waggon, drawn by yoked oxen, and was planted with great ceremony.
Many years ago the village stocks were on the mound where there is now the splendid ash tree.

1904WithyhamWithyhamPrivate collection

1906Dorset ArmsDorset Arms, WithyhamPrivate collection

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