The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex

The Ashdown Forest Dispute 1876-1882
by Professor Brian Short
published by Sussex Record Society in 1997
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Edward Newnham

Newnham, Edward. 40. Stevens Farm, Fletching. Farmer. Born at Mark Street close by. When I was about 14, I went to work as carter boy for 16 years with Mr. Edward Crowhurst (dead) who had Light Rowe Farm (Professor Mivart's) and Stevens Farm for 16 years (except 3 months [?j mentioned). During the whole of that time we had litter and turf off the Forest for both farms but did not turn out because it was too far off for Mr. Crowhurst's purpose and he had no more stock than he could winter at home. He gave up business and I then went to work for Mr. William Martin who had Colin Godmans Farm (Lord Sheffield) and took Stevens Farm (Lord Sheffield) and Bareland (Lord Sheffield) formerly Mr. Fuller's property for about 7 years. He had litter of the Forest nearly every winter at Colin Godmans and Stevens Farms.

We carried none to Bearland because there is no building or homestead on it. Mr. William Martin then gave up the farms and I took Stevens Farm myself 8 years ago last Michaelmas and have farmed it ever since. I have had litter every year except the last 2 years. I did not have it then because I could not get anyone to cut it for me. I have had a little turf from the Forest at times for fuel. I have not turned out. I have known Annwood Farm all my life and after I had worked for Mr. Edward Crowhurst about 2 years, I went to work for 3 months for Mr. John Hoather who owned and used Annwood Farm. I know that they have always had litter off the Forest ever since I can remember. There is a part of the Forest which runs down between Beacon Farm and Chelwood Farm where the occupiers of Annwood Farm have always been in the habit of cutting every second [year] and the last time they cut it was this winter. My uncle Henry Newnham cut it this year. (This about Annwood is hearsay.)

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