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30th Mar 1851CensusHead; widowed; occupation Farm labourerJames VarnhamLittle Taylors Farm1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughter; occupation HOUSEKEEPERElizabeth Varnham
30th Mar 1851CensusGrand-daughterHarriet Martin Varnham

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; employs 1 person; occupation FARMERHenry SmithLittle Taylors Farm1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusWifeLydia Smith
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation: farm labourerHenry Evans
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation Farm labourerEdmund Turner

c 1875Sharpsbridge & Shortbridge, West of Uckfield - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyLittle Taylors Farm

21st Nov 1879RecollectionsJames Meopham, farm labourerTaylor's 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:

Mepham, James. 59. Taylor's Farm, Fletching. Have occupied this farm of 15 acres for 27 years last past and succeeded Henry Smith who occupied for 30 years. I lived in the neighbourhood all my time and was on intimate terms with Smith (dead) and used frequently to come to see him for many years before he died here. I know Smith turned sheep out on Ashdown Forest at times and he used to have litter and turf for fuel off it. He was a great man for turf fires and he had stone for making a bank and repairs. Since I have used the farm I have had litter regularly every year including last year and this. I used to have turf for fuel but we do not use it now. I have never turned out on the Forest.

The owner of the farm is Mrs Lusted, South Park, Reigate.

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3rd Apr 1881CensusGeo. Lusted, M, Head, married, age 36, born Glynde; occupation: farmerGeorge Lusted, farmerTaylors Farm1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusJane Lusted, F, Wife, married, age 38, born FletchingJane Lusted
3rd Apr 1881CensusGeo. Lusted, M, Son, age 6, born Fletching; occupation: scholarGeorge Lusted
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary J. Lusted, F, Daughter, age 2, born FletchingMary J. Lusted

3rd Apr 1881CensusFrank Staplehurst, M, Head, married, age 28, born Fletching; occupation Farm labourerFrank StaplehurstTaylors Farm1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusCatherine Staplehurst, F, Wife, married, age 29, born RotherfieldKatherine Staplehurst [Dadswell]
3rd Apr 1881CensusWm.R. Staplehurst, M, Son, age 6, born Fletching; occupation ScholarWilliam R. Staplehurst
3rd Apr 1881CensusChas. Staplehurst, M, Son, age 4, born FletchingCharles Staplehurst
3rd Apr 1881CensusFredk. Staplehurst, M, Son, age 1, born FletchingFredk. Staplehurst

1882Directory entryLusted George, farmer, Taylor's farmTaylor's farmKelly's Directory

c 1899Sharpsbridge and Shortbridge, West of Uckfield - c 1899Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1899 by Ordnance SurveyTaylors Faem

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