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c 1795Nutley, Sussex - c 1795Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1795 by William Gardner and Thomas GreamBrown Brooks

6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Burgess, M, Head, age 45 to 49, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourerWilliam Burgess, farm labourerBrowns Brook1841 Census
Buxted, Sussex
Mary Burgess, F, [Wife], age 35 to 39, born SussexMary Burgess [Hobbs]
Mary Burgess, F, [Daughter], age 14, born SussexMary Langridge [Burgess]
Sarah Burgess, F, [Daughter], age 12, born SussexSarah Burgess
William Burgess, M, [Son], age 5, born SussexWilliam Burgess
Samuel Burgess, M, [Son], age 2, born SussexSamuel Burgess

6th Jun 1841CensusSarah Burly, F, Head, age 35 to 39, born SussexSarah BurlyBrowns Brook1841 Census
Buxted, Sussex
Joseph Burly, M, [Son], age 13, born SussexJoseph Burly
Harriott Burly, F, [Daughter], age 11, born SussexHarriott Burly
Daniel Burly, M, [Son], age 7, born SussexDaniel Burley
Owen Burly, M, [Son], age 4, born SussexOwen Burley
Andrew Burly, M, [Son], age 2 months, born SussexAndrew Burley

6th Jun 1841CensusJohn Brown, M, Head, age 35 to 39, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourerJohn Brown, farm labourerBrowns Brook1841 Census
Buxted, Sussex
Ann Brown, F, [Wife], age 25 to 29, born SussexAnn Brown
John Brown, M, [Son], age 11, born SussexJohn Brown
Edward Brown, M, [Son], age 9, born SussexEdward Brown, carter
Leonard Brown, M, [Son], age 7, born SussexLeonard Brown
Elizabeth Brown, F, [Daughter], age 4, born SussexElizabeth Brown

6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Brown, M, Head, age 25 to 29, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourerWilliam Brown, farm labourerBrowns Brook1841 Census
Buxted, Sussex
Pheobe Brown, F, [Wife], age 24, born SussexPhoebe Brown [Parker]
Harriott Brown, F, [Daughter], age 4, born SussexHarriott Brown
Stephen Brown, M, [Son], age 2, born SussexStephen Brown
Sarah Brown, F, [Daughter], age 5 months, born SussexSally Brown

6th Jun 1841CensusJames Lloyd, M, Head, age 39, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourerJames Lloyd, farm labourerBrownsbrook1841 Census
Buxted, Sussex
Mary Lloyd, F, [Wife], age 34, born SussexMary Ann Lloyd
William Lloyd, M, [Son], age 13, born SussexWilliam Lloyd
Mary Lloyd, F, [Daughter], age 10, born SussexMary Lloyd
Ellen Lloyd, F, [Daughter], age 8, born SussexEllen Lloyd
George Lloyd, M, [Son], age 3, born SussexGeorge Lloyd
Sarah Lloyd, F, [Daughter], age 5 months, born SussexSarah Lloyd

6th Jun 1841CensusHenry Reed, M, Head, age 50 to 54, born Sussex; occupation Farm labourerHenry ReedBrownsbrook1841 Census
Buxted, Sussex
Mary Reed, F, [Wife], age 50 to 54, born SussexMary Reed
Alfred Reed, M, [Son], age 20 to 24, born SussexAlfred Reed
William Reed, M, [Son], age 15 to 19, born SussexWilliam Reed
Mary Reed, F, [Daughter], age 13, born SussexMaria Tester [Reed]
Eliza Reed, F, [Daughter], age 8, born SussexEliza Tester [Reed]

6th Jun 1841CensusMatthew Tester, M, Head, age 40 to 44, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourerMatthew Tester, farm labourerBrownsbrook1841 Census
Buxted, Sussex
Carah Tester, F, [Wife], age 33, born SussexCarey Tester [Gilbert]
Spencer Tester, M, [Son], age 12, born SussexSpencer Tester, farmer
Mathew Tester, M, [Son], age 9, born SussexMatthew Tester, farm labourer
Job Tester, M, [Son], age 8, born SussexJob Tester
Amelia Tester, F, [Daughter], age 5, born SussexAmelia Tester

6th Jun 1841CensusEdward Walter, M, Head, age 30 to 34, born Sussex; occupation FarmerEdward WalterBrownsbrook1841 Census
Buxted, Sussex
Mary Walter, F, [Wife], age 30 to 34, born SussexMary Walter
Frances Walter, F, [Daughter], age 7, born SussexFrances Walter

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; employs 2 people; occupation: farmerJames MoonBrownsbrook1851 Census
Buxted, Sussex
WifeCaroline Moon [Eastwood]
DaughterLouisa Moon
DaughterCaroline Moon
SonGeorge Moon
Servant; occupation: general servantJane Paine
Servant; occupation Farm labourerWilliam Wickens, farm labourer
Servant; occupation Farm labourerWilliam Taylor Wickens, miller

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farm labourerJames Davis, farm labourerBrownsbrook1851 Census
Buxted, Sussex
WifeMary Davis [Fermor]
Son; occupation: farm labourerDavid Davis
DaughterSarah Davis
SonWilliam Davis
DaughterEsther Davis
DaughterMary Davis
Lodger; occupation: farm labourerSpencer Tester

30th Mar 1851CensusHead, widowed, occupation: farm labourerJames Blunden, farm labourerBrownsbrook1851 Census
Buxted, Sussex
DaughterSusanna Blunden
DaughterHarriott Blunden
DaughterMartha Blunden

30th Mar 1851CensusHead, widowed; occupation: farm labourerWilliam Burgess, farm labourerBrownsbrook1851 Census
Buxted, Sussex
DaughterSarah Burgess
Son; occupation: farm labourerWilliam Burgess
DaughterEliza Burgess
SonJohn Burgess

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farmerMatthew Tester, farm labourerBrownsbrook1851 Census
Buxted, Sussex
WifeCarey Tester [Gilbert]
Son; occupation: employed on the farmMatthew Tester, farm labourer
Son; occupation: employed on the farmJob Tester
Son; occupation: scholarMoses Tester, farm labourer

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farmerMichael Dadswell, farmerBrownsbrook1851 Census
Buxted, Sussex

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation Farm LabourerHenry Walter, farm labourerBrownsbrook1851 Census
Buxted, Sussex
WifeSarah Ann Caroline Walter [Carr]
Son; occupation ScholarBenjamin Frederick Walter
DaughterFrances Mary Walter
SonWilliam Albert Walter

c 1875Duddleswell, North of Maresfield - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyBrowns Brook

1879RecollectionsJob TesterBrowns BrookAshdown Forest dispute

During The Ashdown Forest Dispute 1876-1882 commoners and land owners were interviewed by the solicitor William Raper. Their comments were recorded in a series of notebooks:

Tester, Job. Nearly 50. At Browns Brook. Worked for Mr. Robert Wilson at Strood and Barns Gate for 16 years and cut litter for him every year except 1878-9 and has cut this autumn. Generally cuts over 20 load a winter. Before that used to cut for John Page (dead) and his son Thomas Page (dead) at Cophall Farm. After Thomas Page, Mr. Tutor hired the farm several years and used to have litter. I have cut some for him. Mr. Pilbeam succeeded him two years ago [and] he had litter last year.

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3rd Apr 1881CensusHenry Walter, M, Head, married, age 62, born Buxted; occupation Farm labourerHenry Walter, farm labourerBrowns Brook1881 Census
Buxted, Sussex
Caroline Walter, F, Wife, married, age 61, born MaresfieldSarah Ann Caroline Walter [Carr]
Trayton Walter, M, Son, single, age 26, born Buxted; occupation Farm labourerTrayton Henry Walter, farm labourer

3rd Apr 1881CensusJob Tester, M, Head, married, age 47, born Buxted; occupation: farm labourerJob TesterBrowns Brook1881 Census
Buxted, Sussex
Jane Tester, F, Wife, married, age 49, born BuxtedJane Tester [Wheatley]
Ada Tester, F, Daughter, single, age 22, born BuxtedAda Tester
Trayton Tester, M, Son, single, age 14, born Buxted; occupation: farm labourerTrayton Tester, farm labourer
Ellen Tester, F, Daughter, age 12, born Buxted; occupation: scholarEllen Tester
Mary J. Tester, F, Daughter, age 8, born Buxted; occupation: scholarMary Jane Tester
Blanche Tester, F, Daughter, age 5, born BuxtedBlanche Tester
Fred Wheatley, M, Brother In Law, single, age 45, born Buxted; occupation: farm labourerFrederick Wheatley, farm labourer and soldier

3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam Levett, M, Head, married, age 52, born Arlington; occupation: gamekeeper and wood reveWilliam Levett, gamekeeper and wood reveBrowns Brook1881 Census
Buxted, Sussex
Agness Levett, F, Wife, married, age 46, born IsfieldAgness Levett
Fredrick Levett, M, Son, single, age 15, born Laughton; occupation: farm labourerFredrick Levett
Philip Levett, M, Son, age 10, born Isfield; occupation: scholarPhilip Levett
Job Levett, M, Son, age 8, born Isfield; occupation: scholarJob Levett
Albert Levett, M, Son, age 5, born BuxtedAlbert Levett
Edward Levett, M, Son, age 2, born BuxtedEdward Levett
Agness Levett, F, Daughter, age 3 m, born BuxtedAgness Levett

3rd Apr 1881CensusCharles Tester, M, Head, married, age 70, born Buxted; occupation: farm labourerCharles TesterBrowns Brook1881 Census
Buxted, Sussex
Lucy Tester, F, Wife, married, age 60, born MaresfieldLucy Tester [Chatfield]
William Tester, M, Son, single, age 31, born Maresfield, handicap: idiotWilliam Tester
George Tester, M, Son, single, age 27, born Buxted; occupation: farm labourerGeorge Tester
Charles Tester, M, Son, single, age 16, born Buxted; occupation: farm labourerCharles Tester

3rd Apr 1881CensusAlfred Dadswell, M, Head, married, age 29, born Buxted; occupation: gardener's assistantAlfred Dadswell, gardenerBrowns Brook1881 Census
Buxted, Sussex
Caroline Dadswell, F, Wife, married, age 29, born WithyhamCaroline Dadswell [Heasman]
Alfred Dadswell, M, Son, age 13, born Maresfield; occupation: house boyAlfred James Dadswell, woodcutter
Alice Dadswell, F, Daughter, age 11, born Maresfield; occupation: scholarAlice Catherine Dadswell
Charles Dadswell, M, Son, age 9, born Hartfield; occupation: scholarCharles Edward Dadswell
William Dadswell, M, Son, age 7, born Buxted; occupation: scholarWilliam Arthur Dadswell, farm labourer
Rebecca Dadswell, F, Daughter, age 5, born BuxtedRebecca Morphew [Dadswell]
Harding Dadswell, M, Son, age 4, born BuxtedHarding Ambrose Dadswell, labourer
Emily Dadswell, F, Daughter, age 2, born BuxtedEmily Dadswell

3rd Apr 1881CensusJob Tester, M, Head, married, age 25, born Buxted; occupation: farm labourerJob Tester, farm labourerBrowns Brook1881 Census
Buxted, Sussex
Annie Tester, F, Wife, married, age 24, born MaresfieldAnnie Tester [Wickham]
Fredrick Tester, M, Son, age 1, born BuxtedFredrick Tester

1888Directory entryTester, Spencer, Brown's brookBrown's brookBrooker's Guide

1888Directory entryWalter, Henry, Brown's brookBrown's brookBrooker's Guide

5th Apr 1891CensusHenry Walter, M, Head, married, age 72, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation FarmerHenry Walter, farm labourerBrownsbrook1891 Census
Buxted, Sussex
Caroline Walter, F, Wife, married, age 71, born Maresfield, SussexSarah Ann Caroline Walter [Carr]
Epraim Hazelden, M, Grandson, single, age 13, born London, MiddlesexEpraim Hazelden

5th Apr 1891CensusSpencer Tester, M, Head, married, age 61, born Maresfield, Sussex; occupation: farmerSpencer Tester, farmerBrownsbrook1891 Census
Buxted, Sussex
Phebe Tester, F, Wife, married, age 50, born Maresfield, SussexPhebe Tester [Funnell]
Owen Tester, M, Son, single, age 12, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: scholarOwen Tester, general labourer
Edward Tester, M, Son, single, age 8, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: scholarEdward Tester, bricklayer's labourer
Ernest Tester, M, Son, single, age 6, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: scholarErnest Tester, general labourer
Walter Tester, M, Grandson, single, age 1, born Maresfield, SussexWalter Tester

5th Apr 1891CensusJob Tester, M, Head, married, age 58, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerJob TesterBrownsbrook1891 Census
Buxted, Sussex
Jane Tester, F, Wife, married, age 60, born Buxted, SussexJane Tester [Wheatley]
Jane Tester, F, Daughter, single, age 17, born Buxted, SussexMary Jane Tester
Blanche Tester, F, Daughter, single, age 15, born Buxted, SussexBlanche Tester
John Simmonds, M, Boarder, single, age 17, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerJohn Simmonds

5th Apr 1891CensusJob Tester, M, Head, married, age 35, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerJob Tester, farm labourerBrownsbrook1891 Census
Buxted, Sussex
Annie Tester, F, Wife, married, age 34, born Buxted, SussexAnnie Tester [Wickham]
Frederick W Tester, M, Son, single, age 11, born Buxted, SussexFredrick Tester
Florence S Tester, F, Daughter, single, age 7, born Buxted, SussexFlorence Susan Tester

5th Apr 1891CensusSarah Jane Tester, F, Head, widowed, age 66, born Buxted, SussexSarah Jane Tester [Marchant]Brownsbrook1891 Census
Buxted, Sussex
William Tester, M, Son, single, age 27, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: gardenerWilliam Edward Ernest Tester
Walter Tester, M, Son, single, age 23, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: gardenerWalter James Tester

5th Apr 1891CensusAlfred Dadswell, M, Head, married, age 45, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerAlfred Dadswell, gardenerBrownsbrook1891 Census
Buxted, Sussex
Caroline Dadswell, F, Wife, married, age 45, born Withyham, SussexCaroline Dadswell [Heasman]
Alfred Dadswell, M, Son, single, age 23, born Maresfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerAlfred James Dadswell, woodcutter
William Dadswell, M, Son, single, age 17, born Buxted, SussexWilliam Arthur Dadswell, farm labourer
Rebecca Dadswell, F, Daughter, single, age 15, born Buxted, SussexRebecca Morphew [Dadswell]
Ardon Dadswell, M, Son, single, age 14, born Buxted, SussexHarding Ambrose Dadswell, labourer
Agnes Dadswell, F, Daughter, single, age 9, born Buxted, SussexAgnes Mary Dadswell
Henry David Dadswell, M, Son, single, age 4, born Buxted, SussexHenry David Dadswell
Thomas G Dadswell, M, Son, single, age 2, born Buxted, SussexThomas G Dadswell

5th Apr 1891CensusCharles Tester, M, Head, widowed, age 79, born Maresfield, Sussex; occupation: gardenerCharles TesterBrownsbrook1891 Census
Buxted, Sussex

5th Apr 1891CensusThomas Tester, M, Head, married, age 42, born Maresfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerThomas Tester, farm labourerBrownsbrook1891 Census
Buxted, Sussex
Lucy Aner Tester, F, Wife, married, age 42, born Maresfield, SussexLucy Ann Tester [Shelley]

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