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1296HistoryEridgeEeles' Frant
…. a list of lands left in 1296 by the 7th Earl of Hertford, which contains the earliest reference to Eridge that can be discovered.
Eregge. A grange pertaining to the Manor aforesaid [Rotherfield] with 100 acres of land worth yearly 25s, 100 acres of heather and fern there worth of the year 9s 2d; also fixed rents worth 8s 9d and a water mill
1344HistoryEridgeEeles' Frant
This was the hunting park, for which the Hundred of Rotherfield had been famous for generations and which in 1344, was described as follows:
A chace containing 600 acres of which the pasture is worth by the year 25s … a wood containing above 200 acres … within the said chace is a messuage called Erugge
1450HistoryEridgeEeles' Frant
The next landmark in the history of Eridge was its inheritance in 1450 by the [Nevill] family who have continued to own it in the male line from that date until the present …
1573HistoryEridgeEeles' Frant
In 1573 Lord Burgavenny had the honour of entertaining Queen Elizabeth at Eridge Place, and her six day stay there must have caused a great stir in the neighbourhood.
1590HistoryEridgePullein's Rotherfield
Manor of Eridge with the capital mansion and park there
  • The farm of divers demesne lands there called Inhams containing by estimation 60 acres, being formerly in the hands and occupation of the lord, now let to Henry Nevill, esq for £11 0s 0d yearly
  • The farm of certain meadow there, part of the land Inhams of 6 acres let to Edward Nevill, esq., eldest son of the lord for £1 8s 0d yearly
  • The farm of divers demesne land there called Hamsell Woods, Lambe pasture and Horse pastures of 110 acres to Thomas Weston for £13 0s 0d yearly
  • The farm of a certain water mill situate within the park of Eridge so let to the said Thomas Weston for £13 0s 0d yearly
  • The farm of certain other lands, woods, meadows and pastures called Laggerslande and Highdeane of 50 acres let to Robert Woody for £10 0s 0d yearly
  • The farm of certain other lands there called Steelebridge meade and Slaughterhouse field of 16 acres let to Oliver Booby for £4 0s 0d yearly
  • The farm of a cottage and two crofts of land of 2 1/2 acres adjacent to Christopher Mudge for £4 0s 0d yearly
  • Farm of certain land called Pickstorckes and Hayfield of 10 acres to Nicholas Turner for £2 0s 0d
  • Farm of 3 1/2 acres of meadow lying near le horse meadow near le fordge to Oliver Booby for £2 0s 0d
  • Price of 1000 loads of marl dug in the wastes of this manor and sold to George Hosmer for 13s 4d
c 1604HistoryEridgeEeles' Frant
Shortly after Edward Nevill succeeded to the family estates, Eridge was formed into a separate Manor …. since the Lord of the Manor had taken up residence there
1610[North] Sussex[North] Sussex by John Norden and augmented by John SpeedEridgeJohn Speed
The first engraved maps of the counties of Great Britain were the work of Christopher Saxton who, under the authority of the Privy Council, surveyed the English counties in Elizabethan times, from 1574 to 1578. In 1593 he was followed by John Norden who projected an ambitious scheme for a complete series of county histories. He published before his death a number of counties - Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Essex, Northampton, Cornwall, Sussex and Surrey. John Speed's map of Sussex is based upon Norden's map and was engraved by Jodocus Hondius. It occupies pages nine and ten of John Speed's Atlas entitled "The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine", is 20 1/4 inches by 15 1/4 inches in size and shows additionally an interesting plan of Chichester and a spirited representation of the Battle of Hastings.
1645[North] Sussex[North] Sussex by Jan BlaeuEridgeJan Blaeu
1695[North] Sussex[North] Sussex by Robert MordenEridgeRobert Morden
Robert Morden was a London bookseller from 1669 until his death in 1703. He specialised in the geographical field and was himself something of a cartographer and a publisher. Throughout the 17th and most of the 18th centuries, there was little distinction between the activity of book or print-selling and that of publishing: many booksellers were also printers or engravers. They undertook the sale of each others' work and often combined to meet the high cost of publishing a new map or reissue of an old atlas, even if the original plates were still available. This map was published in Brittania: a chorographical description of Great Britain and Ireland by William Camden.
1724HistoryEridgeEeles' Frant
William succeeded as 16th Baron in 1724 …… relinquished Eridge as the family seat having acquired Kidbrooke Park at Forest Row, and gradually the former house fell into a state of decay
c 1724Eridge, Sussex - c 1724Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1724 by Richard BudgenEridge
1750SussexSussex by Thomas KitchinEridgeThomas Kitchin
Thomas Kitchin, an engraver and publisher from c.1738 to 1776, held the appointment of Hydrographer to the King. His output was prolific. He engraved the maps of the British and French dominions in North America by John Mitchell (1755), which was used at the peace coucil at the end of the revolutionary war. In his later years he worked with his son (hence senior after his name in the c.1755 edition of the Small English Atlas). He died in 1784.
1763A New Map of [North] SussexA New Map of [North] Sussex by Thomas KitchinEridgeThomas Kitchin
Thomas Kitchin, an engraver and publisher from c.1738 to 1776, held the appointment of Hydrographer to the King. His output was prolific. He engraved the maps of the British and French dominions in North America by John Mitchell (1755), which was used at the peace coucil at the end of the revolutionary war. In his later years he worked with his son (hence senior after his name in the c.1755 edition of the Small English Atlas). He died in 1784.
1st Sep 1787[North] Sussex[North] Sussex by John CaryEridgeJohn Cary
John Cary, apprenticed to William Palmer in 1770, went into business in 1783 as a publisher of maps, plans and road-books. He was highly successful and is referred to as the founder of the modern English School of Cartography by H.G. Fordham
1790HistoryEridgeEeles' Frant
Guns were undoubtedly cast at Eridge Furnace and in the 18th century one of these stood outside the Gun Inn at Eridge Green and … in a journal in 1790 the following account appears
"(it) now lies at Eridge Green and has served for many years for the amusement of the people on a holiday or fair-day, when they collect money to buy gunpowder to threw the shell to a hill about a mile distant. The weight of the shell sinks so deep into the earth, that is costs no little pains to dig it out after each discharge, which is repeated as long as the money lasts."
c 1795Eridge, Sussex - c 1795Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1795 by William Gardner and Thomas GreamEridge
c 1800HistoryEridgeEeles' Frant
Henry, the 2nd Earl, who … set on foot plans to erect a new house round the remains of the old. The architect … was James Wyatt … one of the principal creators of the revival of interest in the Gothic form of architecture. In the house he built for Lord Abergavenny he included all the features associated with that style; the towers, the battlements and the pinnacles outside and an infinity of detail in the interior decorations with more than a flavour of ecclesiastical influence.
1808[North] Sussex[North] Sussex by G.Cole and engraved by J.RoperEridgeG. Cole
The British atlas; comprising a series of county maps…intended to illustrate and accompany 'The beauties of England and Wales' published 1808.
31st Aug 1823Diary entryEridgeCobbett's Rural Rides
Here I am after a most delightful ride of twenty-four miles through Frant, Lamberhurst, Goudhurst, Milkhouse-Street, Benenden, and Rolvenden. By making a great stir in rousing waiters and "boots" and maids, and by leaving behind me the name of "a - noisy, troublesome fellow," I got clear of "the Wells," and out of the contagion of its Wen-engendered inhabitants, time enough to meet the first rays of the sun, on the hill that you come up in order to get to Frant, which is a most beautiful little village at about two miles from "the Wells." Here the land belongs, I suppose, to Lord Abergavenny, who has a mansion and park here. A very pretty place, and kept, seemingly, in very nice order. I saw here what I never saw before : the bloom of the common heath we wholly overlook ; but, it is a very pretty thing; and here, when the plantations were made, and as they grew up, heath was left to grow on the sides of the roads in the plantations. The heath is not so much of a dwarf as we suppose. This is four feet high; and, being in full bloom, it makes the prettiest border that can be imagined. This place of Lord Abergavenny is, altogether, a very pretty place; and, so far from grudging him the possession of it, I should feel pleasure at seeing it in his possession, and should pray God to preserve it to him, and from the unholy and ruthless touch of the Jews and jobbers; but, I cannot forget this Lord's sinecure!
c 1825Eridge, Sussex - c 1825Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1825 by Christopher and John GreenwoodEridge
1837[North] Sussex[North] Sussex by Thomas MouleEridgeThomas Moule
Thomas Moule was a bookseller. He published a number of important works on heraldry and antiquities, including Bibliotheca heraldica Brittaniae in 1822. The English Counties delineated; or, a topographical description of England has a complete series of county maps and was published by Thomas Moule in 1837
1840[North] Sussex[North] Sussex by Joshua Archer, Pentonville, LondonEridgeDugdale
Dugdale's England and Wales Delineated
1874DirectoryEridgePost Office Directory
ERIDGE GREEN is an ecclesiastical parish, formed in 1856 from the civil parishes of Frant and Rotherfield; it has a station on the Tunbridge Wells, Uckfield, and Lewes branch of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway, 1 mile south from Tunbridge Wells, near the border of Kent.
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The area is 3,714 acres; the population in 1871 was 694.
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c 1875Eridge Green, Eridge Park, Eridge Castle, & The Forstal, Eridge - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyEridge
1880Eridge CastleEridge Castle, EridgePelton's Tunbridge Wells
1882DirectoryEridgeKelly's Directory
ERIDGE GREEN is an ecclesiastical parish,, formed in 1856 from the civil parishes of Frant and Rotherfield and has a station on the Tunbridge Wells, Uckfield and Lewes branch of the London, Brighton and South Coast railway, 2 1/2 miles south from Tunbridge Wells, near the border of Kent : it. is in the Eastern division of the county, hundred of Rotherfield, Ticehurst union, Tunbridge Wells county court district, Pevensey rural deanery fourth division, Lewes archdeaconry and Chichester diocese.
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The area is 3,714 acres; the population in 1881 was 754.
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1906A Drive in the WarrenA Drive in the Warren, EridgePrivate collection
1907Eridge CastleEridge Castle, EridgeEridgePrivate collection
1917Ye Olde Thatched CottageYe Olde Thatched Cottage, Eridge Green photographed by J. Frisby, UckfieldPrivate collection
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