The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
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30th Mar 1851CensusHead; widowed; occupation Farm labourerJames VarnhamLittle Taylors Farm1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Daughter; occupation HOUSEKEEPERElizabeth Varnham
Grand-daughterHarriet Martin Varnham

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; employs 1 person; occupation: farmerHenry Smith, farmerLittle Taylors Farm1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
WifeLydia Smith
Servant; occupation: farm labourerHenry Evans
Servant; occupation: farm labourerEdmund Turner

c 1875Sharpsbridge & Shortbridge, West of Uckfield - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyLittle Taylors Farm

21st Nov 1879RecollectionsJames Meopham, farm labourerTaylor's 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:

Mepham, James. 59. Taylor's Farm, Fletching. Have occupied this farm of 15 acres for 27 years last past and succeeded Henry Smith who occupied for 30 years. I lived in the neighbourhood all my time and was on intimate terms with Smith (dead) and used frequently to come to see him for many years before he died here. I know Smith turned sheep out on Ashdown Forest at times and he used to have litter and turf for fuel off it. He was a great man for turf fires and he had stone for making a bank and repairs. Since I have used the farm I have had litter regularly every year including last year and this. I used to have turf for fuel but we do not use it now. I have never turned out on the Forest.

The owner of the farm is Mrs Lusted, South Park, Reigate.


3rd Apr 1881CensusGeo. Lusted, M, Head, married, age 36, born Glynde; occupation: farmerGeorge Lusted, farmerTaylors Farm1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Jane Lusted, F, Wife, married, age 38, born FletchingJane Lusted
Geo. Lusted, M, Son, age 6, born Fletching; occupation: scholarGeorge Lusted
Mary J. Lusted, F, Daughter, age 2, born FletchingMary J. Lusted

3rd Apr 1881CensusFrank Staplehurst, M, Head, married, age 28, born Fletching; occupation Farm labourerFrank StaplehurstTaylors Farm1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Catherine Staplehurst, F, Wife, married, age 29, born RotherfieldKatherine Staplehurst [Dadswell]
Wm.R. Staplehurst, M, Son, age 6, born Fletching; occupation ScholarWilliam R. Staplehurst
Chas. Staplehurst, M, Son, age 4, born FletchingCharles Staplehurst
Fredk. Staplehurst, M, Son, age 1, born FletchingFredk. Staplehurst

1882Directory entryLusted George, farmer, Taylor's farmTaylor's farmKelly's Directory

c 1899Sharpsbridge and Shortbridge, West of Uckfield - c 1899Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1899 by Ordnance SurveyTaylors Faem

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