The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
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1574HistoryOld Forge [a.k.a. Park Cottage]Eeles' Frant
In Eridge Park there were in close proximity a furnace and a forge. The earliest evidence of their existence is to be found in a list of owners of ironworks drawn up in 1574

1790HistoryEridge FurnaceEeles' 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."

6th Jun 1841CensusElias Jenner, M, Head, age 37, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourerEdward Stephens JennerForge Cottage1841 Census
Frant, Sussex
Philadelphia Jenner, F, [Wife], age 40 to 44, born SussexPhiladelphia Jenner [Everest]
Eliza Jenner, F, [Daughter], age 12, born SussexEliza Jenner
Fanny Jenner, F, [Daughter], age 10, born SussexFanny Jenner
Harriot Jenner, F, [Daughter], age 9, born SussexHarriet Jenner
Alfred Jenner, M, [Son], age 7, born SussexAlfred Jenner
Elias Jenner, M, [Son], age 4, born SussexElias Jenner, farm labourer
William Jenner, M, [Son], age 2, born SussexWilliam Jenner
Edward Jenner, M, [Son], age 3 months, born SussexEdward Jenner

6th Jun 1841CensusSarah Everest, F, Head, age 60 to 64, born SussexSarah EverestForge Cottage1841 Census
Frant, Sussex
George Everest, M, [Son], age 30 to 34, born Sussex; occupation: carpenter journeymanGeorge Everest
George Everest, M, [Grand-son], age 9, born SussexGeorge Everest

6th Jun 1841CensusEdward Taylor, M, Head, age 57, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourerEdward Taylor, farm labourerForge Cottage1841 Census
Frant, Sussex
Ann Taylor, F, [Wife], age 55 to 59, born SussexAnn Taylor
Ann Taylor, F, [Mother], age 79, born SussexAnn Taylor [Wickens]

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farm labourerEdward Stephens JennerOld Forge1851 Census
Frant, Sussex
WifePhiladelphia Jenner [Everest]
DaughterHarriet Jenner
Son; occupation: garden labourerAlfred Jenner
Son; occupation: scholarElias Jenner, farm labourer
Son; occupation: scholarWilliam Jenner
Son; occupation: scholarEdward Jenner
Lodger; widowed; occupation: farm labourerEdward Stevens

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; widowed; occupation: farm labourerEdward Taylor, farm labourerOld Forge1851 Census
Frant, Sussex
Housekeeper; widowedHannah Izzard [Burt]

7th Apr 1861CensusElias Jenner, M, Head, married, age 56, born Frant, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerEdward Stephens JennerOld Forge1861 Census
Frant and Tunbridge Wells, Sussex
Hannah Jenner, F, Wife, married, age 44, born Ross, HerefordshireHannah Jenner [Pritchard]
Elias Jenner, M, Son, single, age 23, born Frant, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerElias Jenner, farm labourer
John Jenner, M, Son, age 6, born Frant, Sussex; occupation: scholarJohn Jenner

7th Apr 1861CensusWilliam Stevenson, M, Lodger, single, age 29, born Danehill, Sussex; occupation: road labourer on Turnpike RoadWilliam Stevenson[Old Forge]1861 Census
Frant and Tunbridge Wells, Sussex

7th Apr 1861CensusObed Farmer, M, Head, widowed, age 43, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerObed Fermor, farm labourerOld Forge1861 Census
Frant and Tunbridge Wells, Sussex
James Farmer, M, Son, age 7, born Uckfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarJames Farmer
Elizabeth Farmer, F, Daughter, age 5, born Frant, Sussex; occupation: scholarElizabeth Farmer
Anne Sargent, F, Servant, widowed, age 64, born Ticehurst, Sussex; occupation: housekeeperAnne Sargent

c 1875Old Eridge Park, Forge Wood & Great Danegate, South of Eridge Park - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyOld Forge

3rd Apr 1881CensusJude Hall, M, Head, married, age 34, born Mayfield; occupation: gamekeeperJude Hall, gamekeeperOld Forge Cottage1881 Census
Frant, Sussex
Ann Hall, F, Wife, married, age 25, born RotherfieldAnn Hall [Boarer]
Charlotte Hall, F, Daughter, age 8, born Rotherfield; occupation: scholarCharlotte Ann Hall
Emily Hall, F, Daughter, age 5, born Frant; occupation: scholarEmily Hall

3rd Apr 1881CensusIden Fermor, M, Head, widowed, age 67, born Rotherfield; occupation: garden labourerIden Fermor, labourerOld Forge Cottage1881 Census
Frant, Sussex
Ann Ralph, F, Servant, widowed, age 70; occupation: housekeeperAnn Ralph

c 1899Steel Bridge, Sussex - c 1899Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1899 by Ordnance SurveyOld Forge

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