The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Historical notes about Blackham
22nd Nov 1595Leaseholder (21 yrs)Raufe MedhurstAldree CroftParish of Withyham, SussexBuckhurst Terrier
Raufe Medhurst, yeoman, holds by deed lands called Badensfeild, Hasellmeade, & Aldree Croft, in all 30 acres, viz, meadow 3 acres, arable 19 acres, wood 7acres
Rent £7
31st May 1596Leaseholder (21 yrs)John TurnorLodge fieldsParish of Withyham, SussexBuckhurst Terrier
John Turnor, yeoman, holds by deed meadow and lands called Blackham meadow, Robin's Lands, the Pannes, the Lodge feilds, the Little Aldrett, Beane Croft, the Great Aldrett, the hempyard with the lodge barn, 45 fields in all 178 acres, viz, meadow 14 acres, pasture 98 acres, arable 44 acres, wood 20 acres
Rent £36 15s. 0d., and 1 fat capon alive 1st November.
1st Jun 1596Leaseholder (21 yrs)Richard SaxbiesBlackham CourtParish of Withyham, SussexBuckhurst Terrier
Richard Saxbies, yeoman holds by deed messuage and lands called Blackham Court, with the Forestall, The Hoapes, Blackham mead, the Claies, Long Croft, parcel of Couchmans Roomes, Little Meadow, Roomes als Middle Roomes, Great Cowleaze, Ferrie Crofts, Cowleaze Croft, Little Cowleaze, Long Feild, The Cockaddams, The Parcks, Haselwood and the ponds with the orchard, in all 235 acres, viz, meadow 38 acres, pasture 142 acres, arable 35 acres, wood 19 acres
Rent £69, and two fat capons alive on 1st November.
1597FreeholderJohn BulmanTugnorParish of Hartfield, SussexBuckhurst Terrier
John Bulman, gentleman, holds by deed lands called Tugnor, 12 acres, bounds:
  • Queens highway from Hartfield to East Grinsted to the North
  • Honie Lane to the East
  • his freehold land to the South and West
Rent 12d.
1597FreeholderJohn BulmanCrippen croftParish of Hartfield, SussexBuckhurst Terrier
John Bulman holds a croft called Crippen Croft, 2 acres, bounds: his own land
Rent 4d.
1597FreeholderJohn BulmanCroftParish of Hartfield, SussexBuckhurst Terrier
John Bulman holds a croft near Hartfield, 24 acres
Rent 4d.
1597FreeholderJohn BulmanBeachesParish of Hartfield, SussexBuckhurst Terrier
John Bulman holds by deed a tenement and land called Beaches, 26 acres
Rent 5s
1597FreeholderSimon BowyerChucklandsParish of Hartfield, SussexBuckhurst Terrier
Simon Bowyer, als Wright holds by deed land called Chucklands near Colman's Hatch (no acreage).
Rent 6d.
1597FreeholderThomas SwaislandLandParish of Hartfield, SussexBuckhurst Terrier
Thomas Swaisland holds by deed 20 acres of land (no description)
Rent 2s. 8d.
1597FreeholderWilliam NormanLower MeadeParish of Hartfield, SussexBuckhurst Terrier
William Norman holds by deed a meadow called Lower Meade, 3 acres, bounds:
  • John Bulman's Broxills Feild to the South
  • the lane from Holtie Common to Broxhills, now Richard Colman's, to the West
  • William Norman's own land to the North
  • William Wicken's Boardright to the East
Rent 16 3/4d.
1597FreeholderJohn CourthoppBodlingherst and Bower landsParish of Withyham, SussexBuckhurst Terrier
John Courtopp, gentleman, holds by deed lands called Bodlingherst and Bower lands, 6 acres, bounds:
  • Queens highway, Beach Green to Grimsbridge to the South
  • Blackham Common to the East
  • John Sherwood's The Marle to the North
  • Robert Dartnoll's heirs' Homefield to the West
Rent 3s.
1597FreeholderThomas WebbWintersParish of Withyham, SussexBuckhurst Terrier
Thomas Webb holds by deed land called Winters, 4 acres, bounds:
  • Blackham Common to the North and South
  • Lord Buckhurst's Porter's Croft to the West
  • John Ewridge's Frides to the East
Rent 15d.
1597FreeholderRobert CouchmanHoldensParish of Withyham, SussexBuckhurst Terrier
Robert Couchman holds by deed land called Holdens als Cockshutte, 4 acres, bounds:
  • Queens highway Stoneland cross to Hambridge to the North
  • lane from Tumor's went to Hambridge to the East
  • Couchmans own freehold to the South and West
Rent 11d.
1597FreeholderThomas SherwoodPetfeild and PerriefeildParish of Withyham, SussexBuckhurst Terrier
Thomas Sherwood holds by deed a tenement & parcels of land called Petfeild and Perriefeild, 8 acres, bounds:
  • Blackham Common to the East, West and North
  • Sherwood's own land called Winters to the South
Rent 18d.
1597FreeholderRobert DurtnollBuckhornesParish of Withyham, SussexBuckhurst Terrier
The heirs of Robert Durtnoll hold by deed tenement & land called Buckhornes, 36 acres, bounds:
  • Blackham Common to the South
  • John Courthopp & John Sherwood to the East
  • John Sherwood to the West
  • Lord Buckhurst's Priors Farm to the North
Rent 8s. 4d.
1597FreeholderJohn SherwoodThe MarleParish of Withyham, SussexBuckhurst Terrier
John Sherewood holds by deed land called The Marle, 5 acres, bounds:
  • Robert Durtnoll's heires' Homefeild to the West
  • John Sherwood's Gilherst to the East
  • John Courthopps Bowrelands & R. Durtnoll's heirs to the North
  • John Courthopp's Bodlingherst to the South
Rent 10d.
1597FreeholderJohn SherwoodHamesgate and InhamsParish of Withyham, SussexBuckhurst Terrier
John Sherewood holds by deed lands called Hamesgate and Inhams, 16 acres, bounds:
  • Queens highway Blackham Common to Scalestock to the South
  • Lord Buckhurst's Priors farme to the North and West
  • Robert Durnoll's heirs to the East
Rent 6s. 8d.
1597FreeholderRobert Sackville, 2nd Earl of DorsetMares CroftParish of Withyham, SussexBuckhurst Terrier
Robert Sackville Esquire holds by deed land called Mares Croft, late Walter Sherwood's, 10 acres, bounds:
  • Blackham Common to the North, South and West
  • Lord Buckhurst's Porter Croft to the East
Rent 3s.
1597FreeholderRobert Sackville, 2nd Earl of DorsetCouchmansParish of Withyham, SussexBuckhurst Terrier
Robert Sackville Esquire holds by deed land called Couchmans land, 7 acres, bounds:
  • John Ewridge's Highfield to the West
  • Blackham Common to the East, North and South
Rent 2s.
30th Nov 1598Leaseholder (21 yrs)Robert SaxbiesThornie croftParish of Withyham, SussexBuckhurst Terrier
Robert Saxbies, yeoman, holds by deed a newly erected messuage and lands called Thornie croft, the Roomes, rough pasture west of Thornie croft, the Roomes, rough pasture west of Thornie Croft, Blackham Meadow, Rough Croft, meadow called Pannymead, two parcels of Ladyfield Wood, Lodgefield Croft, two meadows called Wier Meads and arable adjoining (totals not given).
Rent £37 and 2 fat capons alive 20th November

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