The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Chequers House    Forest Row  East Grinstead  
Historical records

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: bakerWilliam Newman, bakerChequers House, Forest Row1851 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
WifeMary Newman
Daughter-in-law; occupation: baker's assistantAnna Starr Card
Grand-son; occupation: scholarEbenezer Roberts Card
Grand-sonWilliam Newman
Lodger; occupation scholarWilliam B. Anderson

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: fly driverThomas Heasman, gardenerChequers House, Forest Row1851 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
WifeAnn Heasman [Baldwin]
DaughterMaria Heasman
Son; occupation: scholarThomas Heasman, coachman
Son; occupation: scholarGeorge Heasman, sergeant instructor, 2nd Rifles
Son; occupation: scholarJohn Heasman, dairyman and assurance agent
DaughterEllen Heasman
DaughterEmily Heasman
DaughterJoanna Heasman

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation CORN DEALERThomas WallsChequers House, Forest Row1851 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Wife; occupation MILLINEREmily E. Walls
DaughterEmily L. Walls

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: school masterWilliam H. Harwood, school masterChequers, Forest Row1851 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Sister; occupation: needlework teacherGrace Harwood

1879RecollectionsHenry Heasman, farm labourerChequersAshdown 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:

Heasman, Henry. Living at the house called the Chequers in Forest Row. Retired laborer. I was born 14 July 1805 at Little Parrock Farm. I was not baptised till I was grown up. My maternal grandfather named Turk used the Farm and my Father worked for him. When I first recollect anything I was living half way between Little Parrock and Forest Row. When I was about 8 years old, my Father moved to a cottage in the Forest close by Quabrook Common. The house is pulled down now and the land is used by Dick Card. My Father and Mother died there and I continued to live there with my grandfather till I married.

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