The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Grisling Common    Piltdown  Fletching  
Places in Grisling Common
Bishes Cottages
Hobbs Cottage
Holly Lodge
Merrians [a.k.a. Merrimans] Farm
Pilt Down [a.k.a. Grizeldens] Farm
Stone Cross
Historical records

1822Occupation LabourerWilliam WelfareGrisling CommonIan Harvey's records

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

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; widowed; employs 1 person; occupation: farmerCharles Shaw, farrierGrizeldens1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Daughter; occupation: housekeeperSusanna Shaw
Servant; occupation: farm labourerSamuel Baker

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: retired sawyerGeorge Langridge, sawyerGrizeldens Common1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
WifeJane Langridge [Pane]
Son; occupation: sawyerCharles Langridge, sawyer
Lodger's wifeCaroline Staplehurst
Lodger; occupation Farm labourerStephen Staplehurst

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farmer's carterRichard Martin, farmer's carterGrizeldens Common1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
WifeEllen Martin
Lodger; occupation: sawyerThomas Langridge, sawyer
Lodger's wifeMary Anne Langridge [Turner]
Lodger's sonAlexander (Alick) Langridge

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; widowed; occupation Farm labourerJohn ThorpeGrizeldens1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation Farm labourerJohn ThorpGrizeldens1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
WifeMary Thorpe [Teague]
Daughter; sick since diedBarbara Thorpe
Son; occupation LABOURERJohn Thorpe
Daughter; occupation ScholarSarah Thorpe
Daughter; occupation ScholarElizabeth Thorpe
Daughter; occupation ScholarHarriet Thorpe

c 1875Piltdown, South West of Maresfield - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyGrisling Common

1879RecollectionsJohn ThorpGrislingsAshdown 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:

Thorp, John. 71. Grislings. My Father and Mother when I was a boy lived at Brownings, 8 acres, at Grislings Common, then belonging to Kenward of Ridgewood Farm, Uckfield. Our family lived there nearly 100 years. My Father left it in 1829. I was born and brought up there. Kenward used the land. I well remember that while I lived there Kenward always summered his stock on the Forest and used to fetch litter every year from the Forest to litter them down. It was all grass.

After my Father and Mother left the house the land was let to Charles Shaw (dead).


3rd Apr 1881CensusStephen Staplehurst, M, Head, married, age 63, born Ringmer; occupation Farm labourerStephen StaplehurstGrislings Common1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Caroline Staplehurst, F, Wife, married, age 58, born FletchingCaroline Staplehurst
Dennis Staplehurst, M, Son, single, age 24, born Fletching; occupation Farm labourerDennis Staplehurst
Ross Staplehurst, M, Son, single, age 22, born Fletching; occupation Farm labourerRoss Staplehurst
Luna H. Staplehurst, F, Daughter, single, age 20, born Fletching, unemployed; occupation Domestic ServantLuna H. Staplehurst

3rd Apr 1881CensusTrayton Weston, M, Head, married, age 65, born Fletching; occupation: farmerTrayton Weston, master shoemakerGrislings Common1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Elizth. Weston, F, Wife, married, age 63, born FletchingElizabeth Weston [Dumbrill]
Ada M. Weston, F, Daughter, single, age 24, born FletchingAda M. Weston
Ann Ellis, F, Lodger, widowed, age 79, born FletchingAnn Ellis

3rd Apr 1881CensusJas. Maynard, M, Head, widowed, age 80, born Rotherfield; occupation: farm bailiffJames Maynard, farm bailiffGrislings Common1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Hannah Hampton, F, Boarder, widowed, age 65, born Chiddingly; occupation: housekeeperHannah Hampton

3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Marchant, M, Head, married, age 41, born Fletching; occupation: farm labourerJohn Marchant, farm labourerGrislings Common1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Ann Marchant, F, Wife, married, age 39Ann Marchant [Goble]
Wm. Marchant, M, Son, age 8, born Piltdown; occupation: scholarWilliam Marchant
Annie Marchant, F, Daughter, age 6, born Piltdown; occupation: scholarAnnie Marchant
Jas. Marchant, M, Son, age 4, born PiltdownJames Marchant
Bessie Marchant, F, Daughter, age 1, born PiltdownBessie Marchant

3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Thorpe, M, Head, widowed, age 72, born Fletching; occupation LabourerJohn ThorpGrislings Common1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Mary Mitchell, F, Sister, widowed, age 66, born Fletching; occupation: housekeeperMary Mitchell [Thorp]
Mary Mitchell, F, Sister, widowed, age 66, born Fletching; occupation: housekeeperMary Mitchell
Ann Thorpe, F, Sister, single, age 60, born Fletching, invalidAnn Thorp

3rd Apr 1881CensusMary A. Welsh, F, Head, widowed, age 66, born Hastings; occupation HousekeeperMary A. WelshGrislings Common1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Wm. Welsh, M, Son, single, age 31, born Fletching; occupation Farm labourerWilliam Welsh
Clara Welsh, F, Daughter, single, age 23, born Fletching, handicap: imbecileClara Welsh
Mark Welsh, M, Son, single, age 20, born Fletching; occupation Farm labourerMark Welsh
Hy. Welsh, M, Grandson, age 7, born Fletching; occupation ScholarHenry Welsh

3rd Apr 1881CensusWm. Stevens, M, Head, married, age 29, born Buxted; occupation: carterWilliam Stevens, carterGrislings Common1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Emily Stevens, F, Wife, married, age 26, born FletchingEmily Stevens
Ellen Stevens, F, Daughter, age 1, born KentEllen Stevens

3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas Grover, M, Head, married, age 57, born Fletching; occupation: farm labourerThomas Grover, farm labourerGrislings Common1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Elizth.Ann Grover, F, Wife, married, age 53, born Horsted KeynesElizabeth Ann Grover [Langridge]
John F. Grover, M, Son, single, age 24, born Fletching; occupation: grocer's assistantJohn Frederic Grover, labourer

3rd Apr 1881CensusAnn Humphrey, F, Head, single, age 57, born West Chiltington; occupation HousekeeperAnn HumphreyGrislings Common1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
John Stapeley, M, Boarder, single, age 30, born Fletching; occupation: farm labourerJohn Stapeley

3rd Apr 1881CensusAnne Buckman, F, Lodger (Head), married, age 48, born Fletching, occupation: seamstressAnne BuckmanGrislings Common1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex

3rd Apr 1881CensusRichd. Martin, M, Head, married, age 55, born Newick; occupation: roadman and labourerRichard Martin, roadman and labourerGrislings Common1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Ellen Martin, F, Wife, married, age 51, born LindfieldEllen Martin
Emma E. Martin, F, Daughter, age 8, born Fletching; occupation: scholarEmma E. Martin
Sidney G. Brown, M, Grandson, age 6, born Piltdown; occupation: scholarSidney G. Brown
Peter Woodhall, M, Lodger, married, age 37, born Staffordshire; occupation Farm labourerPeter Woodhall

3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Curd, M, Head, widowed, age 56, born Maresfield; occupation: farm labourerGeorge Curd, farm labourerGrislings Common1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Alfred O. Curd, M, Son, single, age 16, born Fletching; occupation: farm labourerAlfred Owen Curd
Jane Jones, F, Housekeeper, widowed, age 60, born Rotherfield; occupation: housekeeperJane Jones

3rd Apr 1881CensusCharles Hobbs, M, Head, married, age 34, born Maresfield; occupation: farm labourerCharles Hobbs, farm labourerGrislings Common1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Emma Hobbs, F, Wife, married, age 25, born NewickEmily Hobbs [Hodges]
Emma Hobbs, F, Daughter, age 5, born MaresfieldEmma Hobbs
Edwd. Hobbs, M, Son, age 3, born MaresfieldArthur Edward Hobbs
Wm. Hobbs, M, Son, age 4 m, born FletchingWilliam Hobbs
Geo. Hoges, M, Son, age 9, born East GrinsteadGeorge Hoges

3rd Apr 1881CensusEdwd. Comber, M, Head, married, age 60, born Fletching, occupation: farm labourerEdward Comber, farm labourerGrislings Common1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Charlotte Comber, F, Wife, married, age 57, born Tunbridge WellsCharlotte Comber

1888Directory entryCooper, George, junr., Grislings CommonGrislings CommonBrooker's Guide

1888Directory entryCooper, George, senr., Grislings CommonGrislings CommonBrooker's Guide

1888Directory entryHomewood, Thomas, farmer and higgler, Grislings CommonGrislings CommonBrooker's Guide

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