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Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1870A Compendious History of Sussex - Volume I. by Mark Antony Lower, M.A.p. 21
1902Historical Notes of Withyham, Hartfield and Ashdown Forest by C. N. Suttonp. 377
2004Historical Essays and Illustrations by Malcolm Payne, Dip. L. Hist. ⇒ Essay

Historical records

c 1875Ashdown Forest & Kings Standing, West of Crowborough - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyKing Standing

3rd Apr 1881CensusDavid Baker, M, Head, married, age 33, born Buxted, employs 1 man and 1 boy; occupation: farmerDavid Baker, farmerKings Standing Farm1881 Census
Buxted, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusAmelia Baker, F, Wife, married, age 34, born RotherfieldAmelia Baker [Baldwin]
3rd Apr 1881CensusAlice A. Baker, F, Daughter, age 9, born Buxted; occupation: scholarAlice Amelia Baker
3rd Apr 1881CensusDavid Baker, M, Son, age 7, born Buxted; occupation: scholarDavid Baker
3rd Apr 1881CensusErnest Baker, M, Son, age 4, born Buxted; occupation: scholarErnest Baker
3rd Apr 1881CensusAlbert Baker, M, Son, age 2, born BuxtedAlbert James Baker, bricklayer
3rd Apr 1881CensusClara Baker, F, Daughter, age 7 m, born BuxtedClara J. Baker
3rd Apr 1881CensusJesse Sherwood, M, Servant, single, age 16, born East Grinstead; occupation Farm servantJesse Sherwood

1890HistoryKing's StandingFirmin's Guide

Mr. Green in his history, speaking of the conquest of Southern Britain, says: - "The vast sheet of scrub woodland and waste, which then bore the name of Andredswold, stretched for more than 100 miles, from the borders of Kent to the Hampshire Downs, extending northward almost to the Thames, and leaving only a thin strip of coast along its southern edge. This coast was guarded by a great fortress, which occupied the spot now called Pevensey. The fall of this fortress of Anderida in 491 established the kingdom of the south Saxons. Aelle and Cissa ran the pitiless record of the conquerors, beset Anderida, and slew all that were therein, nor was there afterwards one Briton left."

The Saxon Chronicle says: - "Aella and Assa besieged a town called Andredscester, and slew all its inhabitants both small and great, leaving not a single soul alive."

At the present day a walk over the cleared and treeless spaces of this once impenetrable forest is full of interest and pleasure.

They are still to a great extent wild and unpeopled, for though a few hamlets are dotted about here and there, yet complete solitude may be found, and those who experience comfort in isolation, and desire to commune with their own thoughts unmolested and undisturbed, may find here the retirement they need.

The road from Maresfield through Duddleswell passes over a wild portion of the forest land, and a clump of trees near the road goes by the name of King's Standing. It is supposed to mark the spot where Edward II. or III. stood to witness the hunt of deer or wild boar. Its position is between Greenwood Gate and Duddleswell.


5th Apr 1891CensusDavid Baker, M, Head, married, age 42, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: farmerDavid Baker, farmerKings Standing1891 Census
Buxted, Sussex
5th Apr 1891CensusAmelia Baker, F, Wife, married, age 45, born Buxted, SussexAmelia Baker [Baldwin]
5th Apr 1891CensusAlice A Baker, F, Daughter, single, age 19, born Buxted, SussexAlice Amelia Baker
5th Apr 1891CensusDavid Baker, M, Son, single, age 16, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: farmer's sonDavid Baker
5th Apr 1891CensusErnest Baker, M, Son, single, age 14, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: scholarErnest Baker
5th Apr 1891CensusAlbert J Baker, M, Son, single, age 12, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: scholarAlbert James Baker, bricklayer
5th Apr 1891CensusClara J Baker, F, Daughter, single, age 10, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: scholarClara J. Baker
5th Apr 1891CensusAda E Baker, F, Daughter, single, age 9, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: scholarAda E Baker
5th Apr 1891CensusFrances Baker, F, Daughter, single, age 7, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: scholarFrances Baker
5th Apr 1891CensusEthel Baker, F, Daughter, single, age 5, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: scholarEthel Baker

c 1899King's Standing, Sussex - c 1899Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1899 by Ordnance SurveyKing's Standing

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