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1690 to 1723HistoryDudwell Farm

John Butler (d 1722) of Burwash was a successful timber merchant whose business of felling, converting and selling timber, primarily oak, to such customers as H.M. Navy earned him a considerable fortune. He puchased numerous properties and woodlands in Brightling and Burwash including Hamplace, Dudwell Mill and Bateman's. He also constructed the timber framed building Rampyndene in the High Street, Burwash in 1699. On his death on 27th October 1722 his two sons inherited his properties - Hamplace to John Butler born 1704, Bateman's to Thomas Butler (1706-1737) and Dudwell Mill to them both:-

Item I give and bequeath unto my son John Butler and to his heirs and assignees forever all that Messuage Barn Brewhouse Garden Oasthouse yard Stable buildings lands and premises called Hamplace and all the household goods and Stuff as it now stands in the said house
Item I give and bequeath unto my son John Butler and my son Thomas Butler and to their heirs or assignees forever all my Copyhold Messuages Lands and premises called Dudwell Mill and Lands with the appurtenants thereunto belonging which I lately bought of Mr John Wyatt and now in the occupation of Matthew Chittenden Miller
Item I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Butler and to his heirs or assignees forever all those buildings Gardens Orchards Lands and premises now in the occupation of my sons John Butler and Thomas Butler called or known by the name of Lanebridge Meriham and Highland which I lately purchased of Joseph Newington Gentleman
Thomas married Elizabeth Goldsmith on 9th June 1726 at Heathfield and as part of the marriage agreement he settled Bateman's on Henry Goldsmith and Thomas Hussey as trustees. On his death in 1737 and his wife's death in 1747 the property passed to their eldest surviving daughter Elizabeth Butler, born 1738. Bateman's is listed with 25 windows on the 1747 Window and House Tax for £1 7s under Butler, Mrs (heirs of) and Henry Gouldsmith. Elizabeth married Joseph Picknal Rogers of Eastbourne on 1st January 1756 at Burwash and Bateman's was sold shortly afterwards in June 1760, to Richard Johnson shopkeeper.

ref: Will of John Butler, Burwash - probate July 1723; East Sussex Record Office - DUN 42/9A & AMS5982/1; and Sussex Record Society Window and House Tax Assessments 1747

6th Jun 1841CensusJohn Honeysett, M, Head, age 40 to 44, born Sussex; occupation: millerJohn Honeysett, millerDudwell Mill1841 Census
Burwash, Sussex
Mary Honeysett, F, [Wife], age 45 to 49, born SussexMary Honeysett
Eliza Honeysett, F, [Daughter], age 18, born SussexEliza Honeysett
Sarah Honeysett, F, [Daughter], age 16, born SussexSarah Honeysett
Harriott Honeysett, F, [Daughter], age 15 to 19, born SussexHarriott Honeysett
Adelaide Honeysett, F, [Daughter], age 11, born SussexAdelaide Honeysett
John Honeysett, M, [Son], age 9, born SussexJohn Honeysett
Edwin Honeysett, M, [Son], age 7, born SussexEdwin Honeysett
Mary Honeysett, F, [Daughter], age 1, born SussexMary Honeysett
Richard Relf, M, age 15 to 19, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourerRichard Relfe, farmer
Charles Honeysett, M, age 20 to 24, born Sussex; occupation: miller's apprenticeCharles Honeysett

30th Mar 1851CensusJohn Honeysett, M, Head, married, age 53, born Burwash, Sussex; occupation: miller and farmer of 55 acres emplying 2 labourersJohn Honeysett, miller and farmerDudwell Mill1851 Census
Burwash, Sussex
Mary Honeysett, F, Wife, married, age 56, born Benenden, KentMary Honeysett
John Honeysett, M, Son, single, age 18, born Burwash, Sussex; occupation: miller, employed in millJohn Honeysett
Edwin Honeysett, M, Son, single, age 16, born Burwash, Sussex; occupation: farmer's son employed on the farmEdwin Honeysett
Mary J. Honeysett, F, Daughter, single, age 11, born Burwash, Sussex; occupation: farmer's daughterMary J. Honeysett
Jane Braban, F, Servant, single, age 35, born Burwash, Sussex, occupation: house servantJane Braban
James Collins, M, Servant, single, age 17, born Burwash, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerJames Collins

3rd Apr 1881CensusPercy Nevill, M, Head, age 24, born London; occupation: farmer of 55 acres employing 14 men 1 boyPercy Nevill, farmerDudwell1881 Census
Burwash, Sussex
James Taylor, M, single, age 30, born Ireland; occupation: general labourerJames Taylor

5th Apr 1891CensusAlbert Haylor, M, Head, married, age 40, born Etchingham, Sussex; occupation: farmerAlbert Haylor, farmerDudwell Farmhouse1891 Census
Burwash, Sussex
Silbere Haylor, F, Wife, married, age 34, born Etchingham, SussexSilbere Haylor
Emily Haylor, F, Daughter, single, age 3, born Etchingham, Sussex; occupation: scholarEmily Haylor
William Haylor, M, Son, single, age 7, born Etchingham, Sussex; occupation: scholarWilliam Haylor
Henry Haylor, M, Son, age 4, born Etchingham, Sussex; occupation: scholarHenry Haylor

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