The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Ruttingham Farm  Down Street    Fletching  
Historical records

6th Jun 1841CensusThomas Constable, M, Head, age 52, born Sussex, occupation: farmerThomas Constable, farmerRuttingham1841 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Jane Constable, F, [Wife], age 51, born SussexJane Constable [Edwards]
Mark Constable, M, [Son], age 27, born Sussex, occupation: hucksterMark Constable
Luke Constable, M, [Son], age 21, born Sussex, occupation: farm labourerLuke Constable
Caroline Constable, F, [Daughter], age 18, born Sussex, occupation: servantCaroline Constable
Martha Constable, F, [Daughter], age 17, born Sussex, occupation: servantMartha Constable
Sophia Constable, F, [Daughter], age 15 to 19, born Sussex, occupation: servantSophia Constable
Mary Constable, F, [Daughter], age 12, born SussexMary Constable
Charles Constable, M, [Son], age 8, born SussexCharles Constable

30th Mar 1851CensusHead, employs 3 people, occupation: farmerThomas Constable, farmerRuttenham1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
WifeJane Constable [Edwards]
Son, occupation: farm labourerJames Constable
Son, occupation: farm labourerLuke Constable
DaughterSophia Constable
DaughterMary Constable
Son, occupation: farm labourerCharles Constable
GrandsonBenjamin Constable
Grand-daughterEmily Jillet
Son-in-law; widowed; occupation: farm labourerJohn Jillet, farm labourer

c 1875Splaynes Green & Down Street, West of Maresfield - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyRuttingham

1879RecollectionsSophia ConstableRuttingham 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:

Constable, Sophia. 50. (Has had a paralytic stroke but has got over it. Has a little difficulty in pronunciation. She says she could travel very well.) Living at Ruttingham Farm, Fletching. Spinster. I was born at Ruttingham in 1828 and baptised at Fletching and have lived here all my life. Howards Down and Hurstland have always gone with it. My Father Thomas Constable (dead) used the whole from my earliest recollection till his death about 16 years ago and my Mother continued to use it afterwards till about 4 years ago. Sir Spencer Wilson has since then used Ruttingham and Mr. John Fleet now uses Howards Down and Hurstland with Malling Down Farm. One field on Howards Down is called Frankwell. From my earliest childhood, say when I was 6 or 7, my Father told me he came to the farm in 1817 and he used to say that he had had litter and turf from the Forest all the time he was here.


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