The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex

The Ashdown Forest Dispute 1876-1882
by Professor Brian Short
published by Sussex Record Society in 1997
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Martin, George. 27. Down Street Farm, Fletching. Farmer. My Father John Martin (dead) used Down Street Farm, 98 acres (Lord Sheffield), also Fairhasell Farm, 62 acres, in Fletching and Maresfield (Sir S. M. Wilson) and I was born there and have lived there all my life. As soon as I was able to get about I used to help my Father on all the farms. He had litter off the Forest for both farms down to the time of his death, which happened about 5 years ago. Shortly before his death I took Fairhasell off him and also hired Youngs Farm adjoining (Sir S. M. Wilson's), 22 acres, and when he died I also took Down Street Farm and I still use them all. I have had litter off the Forest for Down Street 3 or 4 times and I have also had some off Piltdown which it adjoins. At Fairhaisell I have had no litter off the Forest because I have had it off Piltdown, which is in Sir S. M. Wilson's manor of Barkham.

My Father told me he had taken Down Street Farm 2 years before I was born and that he always had litter off the Forest.

He used to turn out stock from Down Street. I used to drive the[m] up and fetch them back.

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