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1597FreeholderRichard MichelbornePotmanfordBuckhurst Terrier
Richard Michelborne, in the right of Anne his wife, holds by deed land called Potmanford, 8 acres, and other lands called Potmanford, 22 acres
Rent 5s. 4d., 1 hen, 5 eggs, and one day’s work in Harvest

6th Jun 1841CensusJames Browning, M, Head, age 40 to 44, occupation: farmerJames Browning, farmerPortmansford1841 Census
Fletching, Sussex
6th Jun 1841CensusAnne Browning, F, [Wife], age 41, born SussexAnn Browning [Briggs]
6th Jun 1841CensusHannah Browning, F, [Daughter], age 16, born SussexHannah Chatfield [Browning]
6th Jun 1841CensusAnthony Browning, M, [Son], age 14, born SussexAnthony Browning
6th Jun 1841CensusEdwin Browning, M, [Son], age 11, born SussexEdwin P. Browning

6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Brooker, M, Head, age 60 to 64, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourerWilliam Brooker, farm labourerLittle Portmansford1841 Census
Fletching, Sussex
6th Jun 1841CensusAnne Brooker, F, [Wife], age 60 to 64, born SussexAnn Brooker [Hills]
6th Jun 1841CensusMartin Brooker, M, [Son], age 19, born SussexMartin Brooker, farm labourer
6th Jun 1841CensusThomas Brooker, M, [Son], age 15 to 19, born SussexThomas Brooker
6th Jun 1841CensusCharles Brooker, M, [Son], age 13, born SussexCharles Brooker, farm labourer
6th Jun 1841CensusMary Hills, F, widowed, age 82, born SussexMary Hills
6th Jun 1841CensusLouisa Wim, F, age 14, born SussexLouisa Wim
6th Jun 1841CensusJames Fry, M, age 1, born SussexJames Fry

6th Jun 1841CensusSamuel Slarks, M, Head, age 45 to 49, born Sussex; occupation Farm labourerSamuel SlarksLittle Portmansford1841 Census
Fletching, Sussex
6th Jun 1841CensusAnne Slarks, F, [Wife], age 45 to 49, born SussexAnne Slarks
6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Slarks, M, [Son], age 15, born SussexWilliam Slarks
6th Jun 1841CensusAlfred Slarks, M, [Son], age 12, born SussexAlfred Slarks
6th Jun 1841CensusEllen Slarks, F, [Daughter], age 12, born SussexEllen Slarks
6th Jun 1841CensusChristopher Slarks, M, [Son], age 9, born SussexChristopher Slarks

6th Jun 1841CensusJohn Kenward, M, Head, age 65 to 69, born SussexJohn KenwardPotmans Ford1841 Census
Fletching, Sussex
6th Jun 1841CensusJohn Turner, M, age 13, born Sussex; occupation ServantJohn Turner

6th Jun 1841CensusJames Kenward, M, Head, age 85 to 89, born Sussex; occupation: farmerJames Kenward, farmerPotmans Ford1841 Census
Fletching, Sussex
6th Jun 1841CensusEdward Kenward, M, [Son], age 55 to 59, born SussexEdward Kenward
6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Kenward, M, [Grand-son], age 12, born SussexWilliam Kenward
6th Jun 1841CensusHarriott May, F, age 35 to 39, born Sussex; occupation ServantHarriott May

6th Jun 1841CensusRichard Cheeseman, M, Head, age 65 to 69, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourerRichard Cheeseman, farm labourerPotmans Ford1841 Census
Fletching, Sussex
6th Jun 1841CensusElizabeth Cheeseman, F, [Wife], age 35 to 39, born SussexElizabeth Cheeseman [Langridge]
6th Jun 1841CensusJoseph Cheeseman, M, [Son], age 13, born SussexJoseph Cheeseman
6th Jun 1841CensusMary Cheeseman, F, [Daughter], age 11, born SussexMary Ann Cheeseman
6th Jun 1841CensusSophia Cheeseman, F, [Daughter], age 9, born SussexSophia Grimming [Cheesman]
6th Jun 1841CensusHenry Cheeseman, M, [Son], age 6, born SussexHenry Cheeseman
6th Jun 1841CensusCharlotte Cheeseman, F, [Daughter], age 3, born SussexCharlotte Cheeseman
6th Jun 1841CensusLigia Cheeseman, F, [Daughter], age 1, born SussexEliza Cheeseman
6th Jun 1841CensusRobert Smith, M, age 15 to 19, born Sussex; occupation Farm labourerRobert Smith

6th Jun 1841CensusEdward Hobbs, M, Head, age 45 to 49, born Sussex; occupation: farmerEdward Hobbs, farmerPotmans Ford1841 Census
Fletching, Sussex
6th Jun 1841CensusHannah Hobbs, F, [Wife], age 50 to 54, born SussexHannah Hobbs [Wood]
6th Jun 1841CensusHarriet Hobbs, F, [Daughter], age 18, born SussexHarriet Page [Hobbs]
6th Jun 1841CensusJohn Hobbs, M, [Son], age 15, born SussexJohn Hobbs, farm labourer
6th Jun 1841CensusJames Hobbs, M, [Son], age 10, born SussexJames Hobbs
6th Jun 1841CensusElen Hobbs, F, [Daughter], age 8, born SussexEllen Hobbs
6th Jun 1841CensusThomas Gur, M, age 35 to 39, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourerThomas Gur

1851Browning, JamesJames Browning, farmerPortmansford FarmPost Office Directory

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farm labourerJames Grover, farm labourerPortmansfoord1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusWifeSarah Ann Grover [Marchant]

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farmerBenjamin Henry Newman Weston, farmerPortmansfoord1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusWifeSarah Jane Weston [Picknell]
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughterSarah Jane Weston
30th Mar 1851CensusServant, occupation: general servantEllen Butchers

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation Farm labourerJohn MarchantPortmansfoord1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusWifeSarah Marchant [Cheeseman]
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughterSusan Marchant
30th Mar 1851CensusSon; occupation Farm labourerWilliam Marchant
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughterDiana Marchant
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughter; occupation SCHOLARMary Jane Marchant
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughter; occupation SCHOLARHarriett Marchant

30th Mar 1851CensusHead, occupation: farmerJames Browning, farmerPortmansfoord1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusWifeAnn Browning [Briggs]
30th Mar 1851CensusSonAnthony Browning
30th Mar 1851CensusSonEdwin P. Browning
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation general servantAnn Awcock

1867Directory entryBrowning Mrs. Ann, farmer, Portmansford farmPortmansford farmPost Office Directory

1874Directory entryChatfield Thos., farmer, Portmansford farmPortmansford farmPost Office Directory

c 1875Sheffield Forest, Sussex - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyPortmansford

1879RecollectionsThomas ChatfieldPortmansford FarmAshdown 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:

Chatfield, Thomas. 55. At Portmansford Farm (Lord Sheffield), Fletching. Born in Chailey 33 years ago I came to Furriers Green as a wheelwright under Langridge for several years. Langley (dead) used Sliders Farm then and had litter and turf from the Forest. I used to see his teams carrying them. About 23 years ago I came to Sliders Farm (Lord Sheffield's), Fletching, and farmed it 2 years and had litter, turf and gravel from Ashdown Forest and turned out. I know the field on Sliders Farm about 9 acres called the Marriels and adjoining the Grouts. I remember our field was thrown into it. Then I moved to Chelwood Common Farm 5 acres (Turner of Tablehurst) for 6 years. During that time 3 acres were added when Chelwood Common was enclosed, part allotted and part bought. 162 I had litter and turf and gravel off the Forest and turned out. I then moved to Portmansford Farm where I have lived for the last 13 years

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3rd Apr 1881CensusSaml. Fredk. Baker, M, Head, married, age 39, born Fletching; occupation: pork butcher and farmerSamuel Frederick Baker, pork butcher and farmerLittle Portsmanford Farm1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusSusannah Baker, F, Wife, married, age 26, born FletchingSusannah Baker
3rd Apr 1881CensusFrederick Baker, M, Son, age 5, born Fletching; occupation: scholarFrederick Baker
3rd Apr 1881CensusRueben Baker, M, Son, age 4, born FletchingRueben Baker
3rd Apr 1881CensusSusannah Browning, F, Servant, single, age 14, born Fletching, occupation: general servantSusannah Browning

3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas Chatfield, M, Head, married, age 56, born Chailey, employs 1 labourer and 1 boy, occupation: farmerThomas ChatfieldPortsmanford Farm1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusHannah Chatfield, F, Wife, married, age 56, born FletchingHannah Chatfield [Browning]
3rd Apr 1881CensusHorace Chatfield, M, Son, single, age 21, born FletchingHorace Chatfield
3rd Apr 1881CensusHarriett Chatfield, F, Daughter, age 15, born FletchingHarriett Chatfield
3rd Apr 1881CensusAnnie L. Chatfield, F, Daughter, age 12, born Fletching, occupation: scholarAnnie Louisa Chatfield

1882Directory entryBaker Sml., butcher, Little PortmansfordLittle PortmansfordKelly's Directory

1882Directory entryChatfield Thos., farmer, Portmansford farmPortmansford farmKelly's Directory

1888Directory entryBaker, Samuel, farmer, Little PortmansfordLittle PortmansfordBrooker's Guide
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