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1997The Ashdown Forest Dispute 1876-1882 by Professor Brian Short ⇒ Notebook extract

Places in Highgate
Ashdown Cottage
Ballards Farm
Greenhall
Ivy Cottage
Parkside Cottage
Poplar Cottage
Royal Oak Public House
Shalesbrook [Shelves Brook]
The Priory [a.k.a. Clay Pits]
Tompset's [a.k.a. Thommas's] Bank
Turnpike Gate
Warren Side
Historical records

c 1795Forest Row, Sussex - c 1795Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1795 by William Gardner and Thomas GreamHighgate

6th Jun 1841CensusEdward Inkpin, M, Head, age 67, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourerEdward Inkpin, farm labourerHeigate1841 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Elizabeth Inkpin, F, [Wife], age 60 to 64, born SussexElizabeth Inkpin

6th Jun 1841CensusJohn Comber, M, Head, age 50 to 54, born Sussex, occupation: farm labourerJohn Comber, farm labourerHeigate1841 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Ruth Comber, F, [Wife], age 40 to 44, born Sussex, occupation: servantRuth Comber [Inkpin]
Edward Pellett, M, age 65 to 69, born Sussex; occupation Farm labourerEdward Pellett

6th Jun 1841CensusJohn Blackstone, M, Head, age 40 to 44, born Sussex; occupation MasonJohn BlackstoneHeigate1841 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Martha Blackstone, F, [Wife], age 30 to 34, born SussexMartha Blackstone [Mills]
Martha Blackstone, F, [Daughter], age 3, born SussexMartha Blackstone

6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Morris, M, Head, age 70 to 74, born Sussex; occupation: stone masonWilliam Morris, stone masonHeigate1841 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex

6th Jun 1841CensusJohn Welfare, M, Head, age 50 to 54, born Sussex; occupation BricklayerJohn WelfareHeigate1841 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Mary Welfare, F, [Wife], age 45 to 49, born SussexMary Welfare [Moris]
Hannah Welfare, F, [Daughter], age 10, born SussexHannah Welfare
John Welfare, M, [Son], age 6, born SussexJohn Welfare

6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Wren, M, Head, age 30 to 34, born Sussex; occupation Farm labourerWilliam WrenHeigate1841 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex

6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Waite, M, Head, age 25 to 29, born Sussex; occupation: shoe maker journeymanWilliam Godfrey WaiteHeigate1841 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Kezia Waite, F, [Wife], age 25 to 29, born SussexKeziah Waite [Tester]
Mary Waite, F, [Daughter], age 1, born SussexMary Waite

6th Jun 1841CensusJohn Morris, M, Head, age 35 to 39, born Sussex; occupation: shoemakerJohn Morris, shoemakerHeigate1841 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Hannah Morris, F, [Wife], age 40 to 44, born SussexHannah Morris [Mantelo]
Henry Morris, M, [Son], age 12, born SussexHenry Morris
Mary Morris, F, [Daughter], age 11, born SussexMary Morris
Ebenezer Morris, M, [Son], age 9, born SussexEbenezer Morris, grocer and draper and subpostmaster
William Morris, M, [Son], age 7, born SussexWilliam Morris
John Morris, M, [Son], age 5, born SussexJohn Morris, builder
James Morris, M, [Son], age 3, born SussexJames Morris, grocer and draper
Charles Morris, M, [Son], age 4 months, born SussexCharles Morris, journeyman grocer
John Streeter, M, age 15 to 19, born Sussex; occupation: shoe maker's apprenticeJohn Streater

6th Jun 1841CensusMatthias Wren, M, Head, age 40 to 44, born Sussex; occupation HigglerMatthias WrenHeigate1841 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Mary Wren, F, [Wife], age 30 to 34, born SussexMary Wren [Mitchell]
William Wren, M, [Son], age 12, born SussexThomas Wren
Henry Wren, M, [Son], age 10, born SussexWilliam Wren
Frederick Wren, M, [Son], age 8, born SussexHenry Wren
Esther Wren, F, [Daughter], age 4, born SussexEsther Wren
Mary Wren, F, [Daughter], age 1, born SussexMary Anne Wren

6th Jun 1841CensusJohn Woolgar, M, Head, age 60 to 64, born Sussex; occupation Farm labourerJohn WoolgarHeigate1841 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Jane Parker, F, [Lodger], age 30 to 34, born Sussex; occupation: servantJane Parker
Margarett Parker, F, [Lodger's daughter], age 7, born SussexMargarett Parker

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farm labourerWilliam Jenner, farm labourerHigh Gate1851 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
WifeAnn Jenner
Niece; occupation: house servantEliza Taylor [Jenner]

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farm labourerJohn Edwards, farm labourerHigh Gate1851 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
WifeElizabeth Edwards
Lodger; occupation Bricklayer's labourerGeorge Noyes

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farm labourerEdward Inkpin, farm labourerHigh Gate1851 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
WifeElizabeth Inkpin
Son-in-law, occupation: farm labourerJohn Comber, farm labourer
DaughterRuth Comber [Inkpin]
Lodger; occupation CHELSEA PENSIONEREdward Pallett

30th Mar 1851CensusHead, occupation: stone masonJohn BlackstoneHigh Gate1851 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
WifeMartha Blackstone [Mills]
DaughterMartha Blackstone
Daughter, occupation: scholarCaroline Blackstone
Daughter, occupation: scholarAnn Blackstone
Daughter, occupation: scholarAnn Blackstone

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farm labourerJohn HeaverHigh Gate1851 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
WifeMary Heaver [Langridge]
Daughter; occupation: house servantAnn Heaver
Daughter; occupation: scholarLydia Heaver
SonBenjamin Heaver
SonJames Heaver
Grand-daughterMary Ann Heaver

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; widowed; employs 2 people; occupation: hoop benderRichard Budgen, hoop benderHigh Gate1851 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Lodger; occupation: hoop benderJames Henley, farmer
Lodger; occupation: house servantElluice Henley

1874Directory entryBlackstone John, carpenter, HighgateHighgatePost Office Directory

1874Directory entryCard Abraham, beer retailer, HighgateHighgatePost Office Directory

1878RecollectionsJohn BlackstoneHigh GateAshdown 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:

Blackstone, John. Living at High Gate near Kidbrook. Has lived there all his life. Aged 79. Has worked Honeywell and Greenhall quarries near Wych Cross on the Forest, and his Father before him.

......


1878RecollectionsSusanna Riste [Nicholas]High GateAshdown 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:

Rice, Susannah. Infirm. Living with John Blackstone at High Gate. Widow. Age 78 next birthday. Husband John is dead.

We went about 43 years ago [and] took a house and 4 acres on the Forest (no name) belonging to Plaw Hatch, Mr. Blunt's property, opposite Leggs Heath. Lived there 10 years. Turned out our cows and sheep and cut brakes and litter and `scrub' (underwood) for the fuel all the time and paid nothing. Also turf for fuel. Used to buy straw for thatching or take rushes from the gills on the Forest.

Then we moved to a house and 6 acres called the `Goat', formerly a beer house. This was on the Twyford estate. Lived there 27 years.

.......


3rd Apr 1881CensusCharles Clement Philpotts, M, Head, married, age 37, born Bolney; occupation Journeyman MillerCharles Clement PhilpottsHighgate1881 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Fanny Philpotts, F, Wife, married, age 39, born MaresfieldFanny Philpotts
Annie Philpotts, F, Daughter, age 12, born Forest Row; occupation ScholarAnnie Philpotts
Alice M. Philpotts, F, Daughter, age 10, born Forest Row; occupation ScholarAlice M. Philpotts
Charles Philpotts, M, Son, age 8, born Forest Row; occupation ScholarCharles Philpotts
Alfred E. Philpotts, M, Son, age 5, born Forest Row; occupation ScholarAlfred E. Philpotts
Fanny E. Philpotts, F, Daughter, age 3, born Forest RowFanny E. Philpotts

3rd Apr 1881CensusMary Welfare, F, Head, widowed, age 57, born Wales; occupation No OccupationMary Welfare [Williams]Highgate1881 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Spencer Welfare, M, Son, single, age 26, born Forest Row; occupation Bricklayer's labourerSpencer Welfare
George Welfare, M, Son, single, age 19, born Forest Row; occupation LabourerGeorge Welfare
Harry Welfare, M, Son, single, age 15, born Forest Row; occupation LabourerHarry M. Welfare
Olive Welfare, F, Daughter, age 12, born Forest Row; occupation ScholarOlive Welfare
Selina Welfare, F, Granddaughter, age 10, born Forest Row; occupation ScholarSelina Hanlon Welfare
John Edwards, M, Boarder, single, age 29, born Forest Row; occupation: labourerJohn Edwards

3rd Apr 1881CensusEliha Card, M, Head, married, age 32, born Forest Row; occupation: labourerElisha (Cushman) Card, labourerHighgate1881 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Jane Card, F, Wife, married, age 39, born Penshurst, KentJane Card
Charles Card, M, Nephew, age 9, born Forest Row; occupation: scholarCharles Reginald Card
Benjamin Streeter, M, Lodger, single, age 44, born Fletching; occupation: labourerBenjamin Streeter, labourer

3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Francis, M, Head, married, age 56, born Fletching; occupation: stone cutterJohn FrancisHighgate1881 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Rebecca Francis, F, Wife, married, age 53, born FletchingRebecca Francis
Annie Francis, F, Daughter, single, age 15, born West Hoathly; occupation: no occupationAnnie Francis
William Francis, M, Son, single, age 13, born West Hoathly; occupation: no occupationWilliam Francis

3rd Apr 1881CensusBenjamin Huggett, M, Head, widowed, age 76, born East Grinstead; occupation: grocer and farmerBenjamin Huggett, draperHighgate1881 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Isaac Waters, M, Son In Law, married, age 37, born Forest Row; occupation CarpenterIsaac Waters
Elizabeth Waters, F, Daughter, married, age 39, born East GrinsteadElizabeth Waters [Huggett]
Henry J. Waters, M, Grandson, age 9, born Forest Row; occupation ScholarHenry J. Waters
Arthur Waters, M, Grandson, age 7, born Forest Row; occupation ScholarArthur Waters

3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Blackstone, M, Head, married, age 80, born Forest Row, occupation: farmerJohn BlackstoneHighgate1881 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Martha Blackstone, F, Wife, married, age 71, born WithyhamMartha Blackstone [Mills]
Ellen Blackstone, F, Granddaughter, single, age 13, born Forest Row, occupation: no occupationEllen Blackstone
Susan Rice, F, Lodger, widowed, age 78, born Worth; occupation No OccupationSusanna Riste [Nicholas]
Arthur Upton, M, Lodger, single, age 21, born Forest Row; occupation LabourerArthur Upton

3rd Apr 1881CensusJames Budgen, M, Head, married, age 58, born Buxted; occupation: hoopmakerJames Budgen, hoopmakerHighgate1881 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Sarah Budgen, F, Wife, married, age 58, born NuthurstSarah Budgen [Foster]
Sarah Budgen, F, Daughter, single, age 24, born Forest Row; occupation: domestic servantSarah Budgen
Mary Friend, F, Reputed Daughter, single, age 38, born West Hoathly; occupation: domestic servantMary Friend

1882Directory entryBlackstone John, carpenter, HighgateHighgateKelly's Directory

1882Directory entryCard Abraham, broom maker, HighgateHighgateKelly's Directory

1882Directory entryLuxford Job, bricklayer, HighgateHighgateKelly's Directory

1882Directory entryTaylor Geo. & Chas., builders, HighgateHighgateKelly's Directory

c 1899Highgate and Kidbrooke, Sussex - c 1899Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1899 by Ordnance SurveyHighgate

1907Thomsetts BankThomsetts Bank, Ashdown ForestHighgatePrivate collection

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