The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Ashdown Forest in 1692
Ashdown Forest in 1875

The Weald is "the place where London ends and England can begin"

Thirty miles south of London and half way to the South coast of England lies an area of outstanding natural beauty combined with a fascinating history called the Weald.  This was, to the Saxons of 900AD, part of Andredesweald (the forest of Andred the Roman fort at Pevensey), that stretched from the marshes of Kent to the New Forest in Hampshire - 120 miles long and 30 miles wide. The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex encompasses the Lancaster Great Park formed in 1372 and renamed as the Ashdown Forest in 1672.

This site catalogues the people, places, maps, drawings, engravings, books, writings and numerous lists and directories that are over 70 years old into an integrated database of information about one of the most attractive parts of England - The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex. In addition, the site and its many contributors have derived extensive familial relationships and pedigrees which can be of great use for genealogical study and research. Where appropriate, the viewer should verify the information presented by consulting the original sources that are noted at every point on this site.

The navigation bar at the top of this page (and every page on this site) give access to all of this information. Records can also be searched for from this page or from the dedicated search page.

Latest additions to the web site:

Tasker parish records
Relf/Ralph parish records
Groombridge parish records
Miles/Mills/Millis/Myles/Mighells parish records
Skinner family records by Chris South
Willie/Willard family records by Byron Tory
Mancer/Manser/Bellingham family records by Alison Gilewski
Muggeridge family records by Pam Muggeridge
Crowhust and Matthews family records by Colin Luxford

Genealogical Pedigrees

The surname also includes alternative spelling and the count is the number of people

Adams - 1515
Akehurst - 1223
Alcorn & Alchorne - 1453
Allan - 837
Arnold - 530
Ashby - 2184
Ashdown - 1127
Atheral - 169
Attree - 111
Austin - 2138
Averey - 444
Avis - 850
Bailey - 768
Baker - 4320
Baldwin - 1043
Barber - 393
Barfoot & Burfoot - 429
Barham - 422
Barnes - 482
Barrow - 612
Bassett - 753
Bedwell - 130
Beeching - 181
Bellingham - 835
Berry - 362
Berwick - 248
Best - 416
Bish & Bysshe - 476
Bishop - 669
Boarer & Bowrah - 595
Bones - 294
Bowles - 265
Box - 400
Bridger - 866
Bristow - 264
Bromley - 313
Brook & Brooks - 1054
Brooker - 2401
Brooman - 273
Brown - 2495
Bryant - 369
Budgen - 1048
Burges - 1467
Burr - 334
Callow - 270
Cambridge & Combridge - 220
Card - 1558
Catt - 913
Cheasman & Cheesemer - 433
Chesson - 106
Chewtor & Chuter - 231
Chillman - 105
Clapson - 480
Clout - 306
Cole - 1271
Coleman - 726
Cork - 1093
Cornwell - 735
Couchman - 521
Coulstock - 202
Cox - 645
Crittall - 285
Crouch - 498
Croucher - 100
Crowhurst - 863
Curd - 504
Dadswell - 1159
Dann - 1004
Daw - 568
Delves - 549
Denman - 229
Devall, Divall & Duvall - 986
Dibley - 189
Diplock & Duplock - 826
Doust - 192
Dumsday & Doomsday - 64
Eade - 401
Eagle - 124
Eastwood - 581
Edwards - 1792
Eldridge - 1026
Ellis - 1517
Everest - 1223
Fairway - 63
Farmer & Fermor - 1338
Farrant - 385
Fenner - 678
Fever - 142
Field & Field-Buss - 1208
Fowle - 223
Fowler - 203
Frost - 540
Fry - 1611
Funnel - 1142
Gabriel - 174
Gallard - 124
Gilbert - 793
Godley - 389
Golden & Golding - 318
Goldsmith - 1404
Gorham - 113
Gravat - 105
Gray & Grey - 240
Groombridge - 1011
Grove & Groves - 566
Grover - 378
Gurr - 546
Guy - 559
Haffenden - 645
Hailer & Haylor - 352
Haiselden, Hasleden & Hazledon - 698
Hall - 1734
Hallet - 271
Harden & Harding - 639
Hardwick - 71
Harman - 1277
Harmer - 1423
Hartfield - 493
Hawkins & Hoggins - 482
Heasman - 1666
Heath - 704
Heathfield - 261
Hebden & Hobden - 627
Helmesley - 673
Hider & Hyder - 656
Hilder - 301
Hill - 1310
Histed - 276
Hoadley - 842
Hoath - 579
Hobbs - 1044
Hollamby - 858
Holland - 836
Holmewood - 1199
Hook - 809
Hooker - 456
Hudson & Hutson - 598
Humphrey & Umphrey - 1565
Izzard - 567
Jarratt - 625
Jarvis - 824
Jeffrey - 2215
Jenner - 3435
Jenner-Akehurst - 54
Kidd - 210
Kidder - 231
Killick - 1080
Langridge - 2361
Latter - 1091
Lavender - 532
Le May - 140
Leaves - 336
Leonard & Lennard - 264
Letchford & Lutchford - 101
Leveson & Leveson-Gower - 95
Luck - 1121
Lulham - 203
Mackellow, Mancktelow, Mantelow & McKellow - 920
Mancer - 565
Markwick - 637
Marten & Martin - 3587
Mascall - 283
Meopham - 1195
Mercer - 1339
Michelborne - 100
Miles, Mills, Millis, Myles & Mighells - 2211
Molineux - 113
Moon - 1749
Morphew - 271
Morris - 881
Muddle - 536
Napp & Knapp - 156
Nash - 309
Neville - 255
Newington - 418
Noakes - 802
Novis & Novice - 526
Obbard - 110
Packham & Peckham - 1497
Page, Page Mitchell & Paige - 1800
Pariss & Parrish - 785
Parker - 1444
Patenden - 593
Peacock - 311
Pearless - 469
Penfold & Pennifold - 614
Pett - 131
Piddlesden - 230
Pilbeam - 818
Piper - 2325
Plain - 68
Pocknell & Pucknell - 298
Pollington - 288
Pratt - 612
Price - 439
Puxty - 333
Quickenden & Quittenden - 297
Ralf, Realf, Relph & Rolfe - 2374
Ranger - 219
Rebbeck - 72
Ridley - 375
Rivers - 140
Rogers & Rodger - 1311
Rummens & Rumings - 344
Sackville & Sackville-West - 213
Sales - 956
Sandal - 152
Sands - 832
Sawyer - 614
Sellens - 212
Shaw - 369
Shelley - 122
Sherley, Shirley & Shurley - 94
Shoebridge - 586
Spence & Spencer - 326
Spice - 353
Spittal - 193
Stapley - 1072
Stephens & Stevens - 1797
Stephenson & Stevenson - 815
Streater - 779
Streatfeild, Streatfield & Stratfield - 846
Tanner - 224
Tasker - 294
Taylor - 3081
Tribe - 58
Turk - 486
Turner - 3103
Twiner - 109
Underwood - 197
Vidler & Vitler - 534
Vigor - 214
Vinall - 394
Vine & Vyne - 401
Waite - 176
Walfare - 400
Walter - 1170
Watson - 697
Weeks & Weakes - 702
Weeding & Weeden - 145
Weller - 1768
Wenham & Whenham - 346
Weston - 1771
Whapham - 69
Wheatley - 1140
Wickenden - 1335
Wickens - 1845
Wicker - 248
Wickerson - 50
Wigmore - 88
Wilmshurst - 641
Woodham - 981
Wren - 626

Submissions by contributors, records from the 1841 through 1911 census and Parish records from 1550 for the selected surnames listed above have been cross referred to establish their genealogical pedigrees.
These are being continually enhanced and expanded as new information and research becomes available.

The records of a further 7,500 surnames are also made available for reference purposes.

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Boyd Alexander
1873-1910
Explorer and ornithologist

Boyd Alexander
Field Marshall Jeffrey Amherst
1716/7-1797
North America Commander

Jeffrey Amherst
Jane Austen
1775-1817
Author

Jane Austen
Sir John Baker
c1488-1558
Bloody Baker

Sir John Baker
Wilfrid Ball
1853-1917
Painter

Wilfrid Ball

Sir William Burrell
1732-1796
Antiquarian

Sir William Burrell
Anne Boleyn
1501-1536
Queen of England

Anne Boleyn
Decimus Burton
1800-1881
Architect

Decimus Burton
Lt-Col. John By
1779-1836
Military engineer

Lt-Col. John By
Florence Emily Carlyle
1864-1923
Painter

Florence Emily Carlyle

Thomas Downes Wilmot Dearn
1777 - 1853
Author, Artist and Architect

Thomas Downes Wilmot Dearn
Conan Doyle
1859-1930
Author

Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle
Charles Burgess Fry
1872-1956
Cricketer and journalist

Charles Burgess Fry
John 'Mad Jack' Fuller
1757-1834
Parliamentarian and patron of the arts

Mad Jack Fuller
S.H. Grimm
1733-1794
Topographical artist

S.H. Grimm

Charles Hardinge
1858-1944
Diplomast and Viceroy of India

Charles Hardinge
Frederick Daniel Hardy
1827-1911
Cranbrook Colony Painter

Frederick Daniel Hardy
Minnie Louise Haskins
1875-1957
Poet and welfare worker

Minnie Louise Haskins
Edward Hasted
1732-1812
Historian

Edward Hasted
Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I
1609-1669
Royal patronage of the 'Wells'

Henrietta Maria

John Baker Holroyd
1st Earl of Sheffield
1735-1821
Politician, writer and owner of Sheffield Park

John Baker Holroyd
John Callcott Horsley
1817-1903
Cranbrook Colony Painter

John Callcott Horsley
Richard Jefferies
1848-1887
Naturallist and author

Richard Jefferies
Sir Andrew Judde
c1492-1558
Founder of Tonbridge School

Sir Andrew Judde
Richard Kidder
1633/4-1703
Bishop of Bath and Wells

Richard Kidder

Rudyard Kipling
1865-1936
Author

Rudyard Kipling
Vicesimus Knox, D.D.
1752-1821
Headmaster of Tonbridge School and writer

Vicesimus Knox
William Lambarde
1536-1601
Antiquarian and lawyer

William Lambarde
Mark Antony Lower
1813-1876
Antiquarian and author

Mark Antony Lower
Ebenezer Littleton
1831-1920
Pastor

Ebenezer Littleton

Louisa Martindale
1839-1914
Liberal and Nonconformist

Louisa Martindale
A.A.Milne
1882-1956
Author

A.A. Milne
Richard "Beau" Nash
1674-1761
Dandy of the Georgian era

Beau Nash
Coventry Patmore
1823-1896
Poet

Coventry Patmore
Charles Leeson Prince
1821-1899
Surgeon and antiquarian

Charles Leeson Prince

Richard Realf
1832-1878
Abolitionist and poet

Richard Realf
Sir Thomas Sackville
1536-1608
Statesman and poet

Sir Thomas Sackville
Vita Sackville-West
1892-1962
Poet, author and gardener

Vita Sackville-West
Dorothy Sidney, Countess of Sunderland
1617-1684
'Sacharissa'

Sacharissa
Siegfried Sassoon
1886-1967
Novelist and poet

Siegfried Sassoon

William Tarbutt
1810-1893
Basket maker and historian

William Tarbutt
William Makepeace Thackeray
1811-1863
Author

William Makepeace Thackeray
Rev Edward Turner
1794-1872
Antiquarian

Reverend Edward Turner
Thomas Webster
1800-1886
Cranbrook Colony Painter

Thomas Webster
Lt.-Gen. James Wolfe
1727-1759
"Liberator of Quebec"

Lt.-Gen. James Wolfe

People of note documents the lives of over ninety individuals who have made significant contributions to the Weald and includes:

Maps of the Weald commence in the 16th century courtesy of the Buckhurst Terrier and other historical sources. The 18th century sees the beginning of detailed 1 inch to 1 mile maps and this site records the Richard Budgen maps of 1724, the William Gardner and Thomas Gream maps of 1795, the Christopher and John Greenwood maps of 1825 and cross refers these to the  6 inch to 1 mile Ordnance Survey maps produced in the 1870s and 1890s.  Over 300 maps are available on this site.

1724

Crowborough - c 1724
1795

Crowborough - c 1795
1825

Crowborough - c 1825
1875

Crowborough - c 1875
1899

Crowborough - c 1899
Over 2,500 Pictures, engravings and photographs of the Weald have been encoded into the database and identifiable locations have been cross-referred with the Weald database.

Rotherfield - 1785

Withyham - 1783

Eridge Castle - 1830

Mayfield - 1892

Wadhurst - 1906


Tonbridge - 1900

Tunbridge Wells - 1718

Speldhurst - 1900

Westerham - 1905

Sevenoaks - 1905

Over 210 Books and documents about the Weald have been encoded into the database and identifiable locations and people have been cross-referred with the Weald database.

The History of Kent - Vol III

The History of Kent - Vol V

Edenbridge

Tunbridge Wells

Cobbett's Rural Rides


Tunbridge Wells and its Neighbourhood

The Ashdown Forest Dispute

Country Houses of Kent

English Homes and Villages (Kent & Sussex)

The Story of Wadhurst


The History of Sussex

The Worthies of Sussex

Highways & Byways in Sussex

Rotherfield

Buxted the Beautiful


The Story of Crowborough

The Buckhurst Terrier

Frant - A Parish history

The History of East Grinstead

Kelly's Directory

To quote Richard Jefferies from his essay on Buckhurst Park -

"This wild tract of Ashdown Forest bears much resemblance to Exmoor; you may walk, or you may ride, for hours and meet no one; and if black game were to start up it would not surprise you in the least. There seems room enough to chase the red stag from Buckhurst Park with horn and hound till, mayhap, he ended in the sea at Pevensey. Buckhurst Park is the centre of this immense manor. ........... Here and there a house stands, as it seems, alone in the world on the Forest ridge, thousands of acres of heather around, the deep weald underneath - as at Duddleswell, a look-out, as it were, over the earth. Forest Row, where they say the courtiers had their booths in ancient hunting days; Forest-Fold, Boar's-head Street, Greenwood Gate - all have a forest sound; and what prettier name could there be than Sweet-Haws? Greybirchet Wood, again; Mossbarn, Highbroom, and so on. Out­lying woods in every direction are fragments of the forest, you cannot get away from it; and look over whatever gate you will, there is always a view. ........ Clouds drift over; it is a wonderful observatory for cloud studies; they seem so close, the light is so strong, and there is nothing to check the sight as far as its powers will reach. Clouds come up no wider than a pasture-field, but in length stretching out to the very horizon, dividing the blue sky into two halves; but then every day has its different clouds - the fleets of heaven that are always sailing on and know no haven"

This site is dedicated to presenting the records of the Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex that are more than 70 years old and in the public domain. It was launched in May 2003 and is continually being updated with more information about the Weald as it becomes available from transcriptions of Census data, Parish records, Pictures, Photographs, Maps, Books and many other documents.

Thanks also to over four hundred and seventy people who have kindly contributed much additional information to the site.

Such contributions are welcome from all by E-mail Visitor number since 30th May 2003: 1946539

The Weald is at  Database version 12.2 which has ongoing updates to the 378,316 people; 9,000 places; 613 maps; 3,308 pictures, engravings and photographs; and 242 books loaded in the previous version

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