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1794 to 1801Manor recordLandDuddleswell Manor
Grant Charles Cheesman of Buxted husbandman ,fine £1/1/-.1801 deceased.

1802Manor recordCott lately erected.LandDuddleswell Manor

1802 to 1814Manor recordLandDuddleswell Manor
Elizabeth Cheesman eldest daughter admit on 3rd proc,James Wood guardian,fine 5/-.1814 John and Elizabeth King surrendered JW.

1814 to 1817Manor recordJames Wood of Maresfeild miller admit. 1817 decd. annual rentLandDuddleswell Manor

1818 to 1832Manor recordLandDuddleswell Manor
James Wood miller of Maresfeild admit,mother Elizabeth guardian,with M32A,55A,76,82,87. 1830 mortgage Thomas Huson of Lewes writer £100,with M33A.1834 satis.1832 deceased.

1832 to 1864Manor recordLandDuddleswell Manor
Elizabeth wife of John Hobden of Lewes carpenter admit and surrendered to will with M32A,55A,76,82,87.1864 deceased.

1840Manor recordTithe map nos.856/858 1.3.36 acres.LandDuddleswell Manor

6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Marchant, M, Head, age 37, born Sussex; occupation: carpenterWilliam Marchant, carpenterCrows Nest1841 Census
Buxted, Sussex
6th Jun 1841CensusElizabeth Marchant, F, [Wife], age 34, born SussexElizabeth Marchant
6th Jun 1841CensusCharles Marchant, M, [Son], age 13, born SussexCharles Marchant, carpenter
6th Jun 1841CensusCharlotte Marchant, F, [Daughter], age 8, born SussexCharlotte Marchant
6th Jun 1841CensusElizabeth Marchant, F, [Daughter], age 6, born SussexElizabeth Booker Marchant
6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Marchant, M, [Son], age 5, born SussexWilliam Marchant
6th Jun 1841CensusMary Marchant, F, [Daughter], age 3, born SussexMary Marchant
6th Jun 1841CensusPhebe Marchant, F, [Daughter], age 2, born SussexPhoebe Marchant
6th Jun 1841CensusEsther Marchant, F, [Daughter], age 9 months, born SussexEsther Marchant

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: carpenter journeymanWilliam Marchant, carpenterCrowsnest1851 Census
Buxted, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusWifeElizabeth Marchant
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughter; occupation: employed at homeCharlotte Marchant
30th Mar 1851CensusSon; occupation: farm labourerWilliam Marchant
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughterPhoebe Marchant
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughterEliza Marchant
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughterMercy Marchant

1864 to 1880Manor recordLandDuddleswell Manor
Elizabeth Hobden of Lewes spinster admit by probate,with M32A,55A,76,82,87.1878 licence to let 14 years,fine 4/8d,with M32A ,55A,76,82,87.1880 deceased.

c 1875Ashdown Forest & Camp Hill, North of Maresfield - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyCrows Nest

1879RecollectionsSpencer TesterCrow's NestAshdown 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, Spencer. 49. Living at Crow's Nest on the Forest behind Barnsden. Born on Whitehouse near Duddleswell. I have worked on the Forest nearly all my life, litter and turf cutting and gravel digging.

I know High Hurst (owner A. H. Hill). Edward Diplock was tenant for many years till his death recently. I cut litter and turf for him more than once. The last time I cut for him was 7 or 8 years ago and litter 6 or 7 years ago.


3rd Apr 1881CensusSpencer Tester, M, Head, married, age 50, born Buxted; occupation: farm labourerSpencer TesterCrows Nest1881 Census
Buxted, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary Tester, F, Wife, married, age 40, born BuxtedMary Jane Tester [Tester]
3rd Apr 1881CensusHarry Tester, M, Son, single, age 18, born Buxted; occupation: farm labourerHenry Aaron Tester
3rd Apr 1881CensusLuke Tester, M, Son, single, age 14, born Buxted; occupation: farm labourerLuke Tester
3rd Apr 1881CensusLouisa Tester, F, Daughter, age 10, born Buxted; occupation: scholarLouisa Tester
3rd Apr 1881CensusFrances Tester, F, Daughter, age 7, born Buxted; occupation: scholarEmma Frances Mackellow [Tester]
3rd Apr 1881CensusEdward Tester, M, Son, age 3, born BuxtedEdward Ernest Tester

1882 to 1891Manor recordLandDuddleswell Manor
Henry Hobden of 7 Cloudesley St Islington solicitors clerk admit by Richard Wisdom attorney with M32A,55A,76,82,87.1886 mortgage George Charles Rigden Esq of Lewes surgeon,with M32A,55A,76,82,87.1891 satis.1891 surrendered SR £3ndered SR £300.

1888Directory entryTester, Spencer, Crow's nestCrow's nestBrooker's Guide

1890Manor recordCrows NestLandDuddleswell Manor

5th Apr 1891CensusSpencer Tester, M, Head, married, age 61, born Maresfield, Sussex; occupation: farmerSpencer TesterCrows Nest1891 Census
Buxted, Sussex
5th Apr 1891CensusMary Jane Tester, F, Wife, married, age 49, born Buxted, SussexMary Jane Tester [Tester]
5th Apr 1891CensusHenry Tester, M, Son, single, age 28, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerHenry Aaron Tester
5th Apr 1891CensusLuke Tester, M, Son, single, age 24, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerLuke Tester
5th Apr 1891CensusLouisa Tester, F, Daughter, single, age 20, born Buxted, SussexLouisa Tester
5th Apr 1891CensusFrances Tester, F, Daughter, single, age 17, born Buxted, SussexEmma Frances Mackellow [Tester]
5th Apr 1891CensusEdward Tester, M, Son, single, age 14, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerEdward Ernest Tester

1891 to 1906Manor recordLandDuddleswell Manor
Silvanus Ridley of New Barn Farm Horsted Keynes farmer admit.1906 enfranchised.

c 1899Duddleswell, Sussex - c 1899Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1899 by Ordnance SurveyCrow's Nest

1906Manor recordEnfranchised.LandDuddleswell Manor

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