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:

1911 census for Crowborough, Groombridge, Rotherfield and Withyham
Fenner family records by Paul Clarke
Bashford family records by Michael Bashford
Lovell family records from Pam Mercier
Verrall family records
Dadswell family records
Martin family records
Dival/Duval family records
Wallis family records

Genealogical Pedigrees

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

Adams - 1530
Akehurst - 1240
Alcorn & Alchorne - 1482
Allan - 857
Arnold - 583
Ashby - 2213
Ashdown - 1143
Atheral - 179
Attree - 117
Austin - 2153
Averey - 451
Avis - 892
Bailey - 818
Baker - 4371
Baldwin - 1064
Barber - 398
Barfoot & Burfoot - 440
Barham - 432
Barnes - 495
Barrow - 615
Bassett - 782
Bedwell - 137
Beeching - 181
Bellingham - 841
Berry - 382
Berwick - 259
Best - 426
Bish & Bysshe - 488
Bishop - 717
Boarer & Bowrah - 617
Bones - 295
Boorman - 524
Bowles - 265
Box - 399
Bridgeland - 403
Bridger - 891
Bristow - 268
Bromley - 318
Brook & Brooks - 1081
Brooker - 2419
Brooman - 286
Brown - 2560
Bryant - 373
Budgen - 1049
Burges - 1472
Burr - 334
Callow - 280
Cambridge & Combridge - 223
Card - 1561
Catt - 919
Cheasman & Cheesemer - 440
Chesson - 106
Chewtor & Chuter - 270
Chillman - 105
Clapson - 482
Clout - 306
Cole - 1302
Coleman - 736
Cork - 1101
Cornwell - 740
Couchman - 529
Coulstock - 206
Cox - 652
Crittall - 325
Crouch - 503
Croucher - 101
Crowhurst - 889
Curd - 505
Dadswell - 1186
Dann - 1006
Daw - 578
Delves - 549
Denman - 230
Devall, Divall & Duvall - 1018
Dibley - 190
Diplock & Duplock - 851
Doust - 192
Dumsday & Doomsday - 64
Eade - 424
Eagle - 124
Eastwood - 583
Edwards - 1865
Eldridge - 1030
Ellis - 1536
Everest - 1224
Fairway - 63
Farmer & Fermor - 1409
Farrant - 393
Fenner - 720
Fever - 142
Field & Field-Buss - 1230
Forward - 326
Fowle - 224
Fowler - 207
Frost - 550
Fry - 1625
Funnel - 1145
Gabriel - 174
Gallard - 124
Gilbert - 840
Godley - 414
Golden & Golding - 322
Goldsmith - 1466
Gorham - 113
Gravat - 105
Gray & Grey - 245
Groombridge - 1060
Grove & Groves - 568
Grover - 378
Gurr - 546
Guy - 562
Haffenden - 658
Hailer & Haylor - 356
Haiselden, Hasleden & Hazledon - 705
Hall - 1798
Hallet - 277
Harden & Harding - 656
Hardwick - 75
Harman - 1367
Harmer - 1429
Hartfield - 500
Hawkins & Hoggins - 482
Heasman - 1725
Heath - 706
Heathfield - 261
Hebden & Hobden - 638
Helmesley - 734
Hider & Hyder - 690
Hilder - 307
Hill - 1357
Histed - 303
Hoadley - 863
Hoath - 645
Hobbs - 1076
Hollamby - 864
Holland - 844
Holmewood - 1300
Hook - 824
Hooker - 460
Hudson & Hutson - 611
Humphrey & Umphrey - 1586
Izzard - 608
Jarratt - 642
Jarvis - 846
Jeffrey - 2241
Jenner - 3450
Jenner-Akehurst - 54
Kidd - 212
Kidder - 231
Killick - 1113
Langridge - 2371
Latter - 1116
Lavender - 536
Le May - 140
Leaves - 342
Leonard & Lennard - 266
Letchford & Lutchford - 101
Leveson & Leveson-Gower - 95
Luck - 1137
Lulham - 210
Mackellow, Mancktelow, Mantelow & McKellow - 993
Mancer - 574
Markwick - 654
Marten & Martin - 3663
Mascall - 296
Meopham - 1239
Mercer - 1356
Michelborne - 100
Miles, Mills, Millis, Myles & Mighells - 2254
Molineux - 114
Moon - 1773
Morphew - 271
Morris - 888
Muddle - 545
Napp & Knapp - 166
Nash - 319
Neville - 260
Newington - 417
Noakes - 815
Novis & Novice - 526
Obbard - 122
Packham & Peckham - 1699
Page, Page Mitchell & Paige - 1866
Paine & Payne - 1781
Pariss & Parrish - 794
Parker - 1479
Patenden - 600
Peacock - 311
Pearless - 504
Penfold & Pennifold - 618
Pett - 137
Piddlesden - 246
Pilbeam - 853
Piper - 2345
Plain - 68
Pocknell & Pucknell - 298
Pollington - 314
Pratt - 650
Price - 486
Puxty - 335
Quickenden & Quittenden - 298
Ralf, Realf, Relph & Rolfe - 2413
Ranger - 223
Rebbeck - 72
Ridley - 387
Rivers - 141
Rogers & Rodger - 1364
Rummens & Rumings - 344
Sackville & Sackville-West - 213
Sales - 986
Sandal - 153
Sands - 856
Saunder - 1426
Sawyer - 616
Sellens - 220
Shaw - 375
Shelley - 122
Sherley, Shirley & Shurley - 96
Shoebridge - 587
Spence & Spencer - 327
Spice - 354
Spittal - 193
Stapley - 1089
Stephens & Stevens - 1863
Stephenson & Stevenson - 840
Streater - 796
Streatfeild, Streatfield & Stratfield - 846
Tanner - 231
Tasker - 330
Taylor - 3175
Tribe - 58
Turk - 530
Turner - 3181
Twiner - 123
Underwood - 197
Verall - 428
Vidler & Vitler - 542
Vigor - 223
Vinall - 408
Vine & Vyne - 402
Waite - 177
Walfare - 450
Wallis - 1019
Walter - 1236
Watson - 708
Weeks & Weakes - 714
Weeding & Weeden - 151
Weller - 1784
Wenham & Whenham - 372
Weston - 1823
Whapham - 69
Wheatley - 1148
Wickenden - 1336
Wickens - 1987
Wicker - 256
Wickerson - 50
Wigmore - 57
Wilmshurst - 669
Woodham - 981
Wren - 607

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: 2153629

The Weald is at  Database version 12.4 which has ongoing updates to the 379,932 people; 9,000 places; 613 maps; 3,308 pictures, engravings and photographs; and 244 books loaded in the previous version

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