The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Down Street Farm  Down Street    Fletching  
Historical records

1597FreeholderHenry HawkinsDownstreateBuckhurst Terrier
Henrie Hawkins holds by deed tenement and land called Downstreate, 30 acres, bounds:
  • Queens highway Lewes to East Grinsted to the East
  • Wm. Sidley to the South
  • Thomas Stidoll to the North
  • Charles Howard, Esq. To the West
Rent 10s. 8d.

c 1795Fletching and Marefield, Sussex - c 1795Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1795 by William Gardner and Thomas GreamDownsped Farm

c 1825Fletching and Marefield, Sussex - c 1825Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1825 by Christopher and John GreenwoodDown Street

6th Jun 1841CensusJohn Martin, M, Head, age 35 to 39, born Sussex; occupation: farmerJohn Martin, farmerDown Street1841 Census
Maresfield, Sussex
6th Jun 1841CensusMary Martin, F, [Wife], age 30 to 34, born SussexMary Martin [Helmsley]
6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Martin, M, [Son], age 10, born SussexWilliam Martin, farmer
6th Jun 1841CensusEmely Martin, F, [Daughter], age 5, born SussexEmily Martin
6th Jun 1841CensusMary Martin, F, [Daughter], age 1, born SussexMaryann Martin
6th Jun 1841CensusMargaret Weller, F, age 18, born Sussex; occupation: servantMargaret Weller

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; employs 2 people; occupation: farmerJohn Martin, farmerDownstreet1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusWifeMary Martin [Helmsley]
30th Mar 1851CensusSon; occupation: employed on farmWilliam Martin, farmer
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughter; occupation: domestic servantEmily Martin
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughter; occupation: scholarMaryann Martin
30th Mar 1851CensusSonGeorge Martin
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation: farm labourerWilliam Howell
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation Farm labourerJohn Stevenson

1867Directory entryMartin John, farmer, Down Street farmDown Street farmPost Office Directory

1874Directory entryMartin John, farmer, Down Street farmDown Street farmPost Office Directory

c 1875Splaynes Green & Down Street, West of Maresfield - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyDown Street Farm

1879RecollectionsGeorge MartinDown Street FarmAshdown 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:

Martin, George. 27. Down Street Farm, Fletching. Farmer. My Father John Martin (dead) used Down Street Farm, 98 acres (Lord Sheffield), also Fairhasell Farm, 62 acres, in Fletching and Maresfield (Sir S. M. Wilson) and I was born there and have lived there all my life.

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1882Directory entryMepham Jas., farmer, Down Street farmDown Street farmKelly's Directory

1888Directory entryLangridge, Edmund, farmer, Down street farmDown street farmBrooker's Guide

1888Directory entryMepham, James, senr., farmer, Down streetDown streetBrooker's Guide

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