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PublishedTitle, author and references
1902Historical Notes of Withyham, Hartfield and Ashdown Forest by C. N. Suttonp. 110

Historical records

4th Dec 1595Leaseholder (21 yrs)Edward BurrishSommersBuckhurst Terrier
Edward Burrish, yeoman, holds by indenture the messuage called Sommers, with the orchards and gardens, Batchelers Mead, The Grovett, and Batchelers field. Also parcel of Bullfinches Farm, Rough Cockshutts, Cockshutt Iland, Aldrey Croft, Hukins Croft and Longe Croft, in all 59 acres: viz., meadow 17 acres, pasture 20 acres, arable 20 acres and wood less than 1 acre.
Rent £19 10s and 2 fat capons alive 1st November

c 1597Hartfeild, Withyham, and Buckhurst Parck, The Manor of Buckhurst - c 1597Part of the maps produced in 1597 in the Buckhurst TerrierSommers

1636Occupation TenantWilliam PiggottSomers Farm HouseSutton's Historical Notes

1735Occupation TenantRichard SpencerThe Ale HouseSutton's Historical Notes

1741Occupation TenantJoseph junior SpencerThe Ale HouseSutton's Historical Notes

1741Occupation TenantRobert CrowhurstThe Ale HouseSutton's Historical Notes

1793Occupation TenantJohn SpencerThe Ale HouseSutton's Historical Notes

1793Occupation TenantAbraham SpencerThe Ale HouseSutton's Historical Notes

c 1820Occupation TenantJames FarrendenThe Dorset ArmsSutton's Historical Notes

1838CensusHead; occupation: innkeeperJames Farrenden, innkeeperInn, Withyham Village1838 Census
Withyham, Sussex

6th Jun 1841CensusJames Farrenden, M, Head, age 65 to 69, born Sussex; occupation: innkeeperJames Farrenden, innkeeperDorset Arms Inn1841 Census
Withyham, Sussex
Sarah Farrenden, F, [Wife], age 65 to 69, born SussexSarah Farrenden
Harriet Hider, F, age 15 to 19, born Sussex; occupation: servantHarriet Hider
Gertrude Pledge, F, age 15 to 19, born Sussex; occupation ServantGertrude Pledge
Emily Spencer, F, age 15 to 19, born Sussex; occupation: servantEmily Spencer
George Fry, M, age 15 to 19, born Sussex; occupation: servantGeorge Fry

1851Norman, William; occupation InnkeeperWilliam NormanDorset ArmsPost Office Directory

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation Innkeeper and brewerWilliam NormanDorset Arms Inn1851 Census
Withyham, Sussex
WifeLucy Norman
Son; occupation OstlerNorman Norman
Son; occupation BrewerGeorge Norman
Servant; occupation: farm labourerJohn Longley
Servant; occupation: farm labourerJames Dadswell, farm labourer
Niece; occupation: scholarFanny Loads
Servant; occupation: farm labourerWilliam Budgen
Servant; occupation Farm LabourerWilliam Waller
Mary Heasman, F, Servant, single, age 15, born Withyham, occupation: house servantMary Ann Heasman

c 1860Occupation TenantSmith DevallThe Dorset ArmsSutton's Historical Notes

1861CensusJames Harris, Head, married, 39, Innkeeper, Born EssexJames HarrisDorset Arms Inn1861 Census

1861CensusElizabeth Harris, Wife, married, 44, Born ScotlandElizabeth HarrisDorset Arms Inn1861 Census

1861CensusMartha Harris, Daughter, 16, Born Middlesex, WhitechapelMartha Hall [Harris]Dorset Arms Inn1861 Census

1867Directory entryHarris James, Dorset Arms innDorset Arms innPost Office Directory

c 1870Occupation TenantJames HarrisThe Dorset ArmsSutton's Historical Notes

1871CensusJames Harris, Head, married, 49, Innkeeper, Born EssexJames HarrisDorset Arms Inn1871 Census

1871CensusElizabeth Harris, Wife, married, 56, Born ScotlandElizabeth HarrisDorset Arms Inn1871 Census

1874Directory entryHarris James, Dorset Arms innDorset Arms innPost Office Directory

c 1875Buckhurst, Balls Green, St Mary's & St Michael's, Hartfield & Withyham - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyDorset Arms Inn

c 1875Occupation TenantThomas GoodwinThe Dorset ArmsSutton's Historical Notes

1881Occupation TenantWilliam TempleThe Dorset ArmsSutton's Historical Notes

3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas Goodwin, M, Head, married, age 49, born Penshurst; occupation: innkeeperThomas Goodwin, innkeeperDorset Arms Inn1881 Census
Withyham, Sussex
Emily Goodwin, F, Wife, married, age 44, born BuxtedEmily Goodwin [Diplock]
Sally Duplock, F, Neice, age 12, born BuxtedSally Diplock
William Parker, M, Servant Dom, age 17, born Hartfield; occupation: domestic servantWilliam Parker, farm labourer

1882Directory entryTemple William, Dorset Arms inn, Fisher's gateDorset Arms inn, Fisher's gateKelly's Directory

5th Apr 1891CensusWilliam Temple, M, Head, married, age 66, born Cornwall; occupation: Innkeeper and farmerWilliam TempleDorset Arms1891 Census
Withyham, Sussex
Annie Temple, F, Wife, married, age 56, born Edenbridge, KentAnnie Temple
Annie L Temple, F, Daughter, single, age 23, born Dormansland, SurreyAnnie L Temple

1896Occupation TenantJoseph SnazellThe Dorset ArmsSutton's Historical Notes

1902HistoryDorset Arms InnSutton's Historical Notes
The Dorset Arms was (300 years ago) [now 400 years ago] Somers Farm House, and the land adjoining (Batchelor's Mead, or the Fair Field, Bachelor's Field, beyond the Park Fence, also the Round Knole, the Middle Knole, and the Knole) went with it. In one of the maps of Withyham, probably 100 [now 200] old, it was called the "Ale House". Within the memory of many parishioners a large barn stood where the present stable is, and was used for some years by the Reverend Sackville Stephens Bale, who farmed the land near the rectory. There was formerly a building where the dairy now stands, which was used as a slaughter-house by the Hartfield butcher.
The chestnut tree on the village green was planted in 1849 to commemorate the return of Charles Richard, the sixth Earl De La Warr, from the Sikh War. It was conveyed to the green on a timber waggon, drawn by yoked oxen, and was planted with great ceremony.
Many years ago the village stocks were on the mound where there is now the splendid ash tree.

1904WithyhamWithyhamPrivate collection

1906Dorset ArmsDorset Arms, WithyhamPrivate collection

2nd Apr 1911CensusJoseph Snazell, M, Head, married, age 60, born Woodditton, Cambridgeshire; occupation: licensed victuallerJoseph Snazell, licensed victuallerDorset Arms Inn, Withyham1911 Census
Withyham and Groombridge, Sussex
Clara Elizabeth Snazell, F, Wife, married 19 years, age 40, born Middleton Cheney, Northamptonshire; occupation: assists in the businessClara Elizabeth Snazell
Violet Sales, F, Servant, single, age 19, born Withyham, Sussex; occupation: general servantViolet Sales

2nd Apr 1911CensusGeorge Hewitt, M, Head, married, age 37, born Withyham, Sussex; occupation: head gardenerGeorge Hewitt, head gardenerDorset Cottages, Withyham1911 Census
Withyham and Groombridge, Sussex
Emily Geraldine Hewitt, F, Wife, married 3 years, age 32, born Withyham, SussexEmily Geraldine Hewitt
Bessie Doris Hewitt, F, Daughter, age 2, born Withyham, SussexBessie Doris Hewitt
Mary Ann Hewitt, F, Mother, widow, age 74, born Withyham, SussexMary Ann Hewitt

2nd Apr 1911CensusRossignol Eade, M, Head, married, age 39, born Framfield, Sussex; occupation: carter on farmRossignol Eade, carter on farmDorset Cottages, Withyham1911 Census
Withyham and Groombridge, Sussex
Lydia Eade, F, Wife, married 15 years, age 38, born Framfield, SussexLydia Eade
Olive Eade, F, Daughter, age 13, born Framfield, Sussex; occupation: schoolOlive Eade
Reginald Eade, M, Son, age 12, born Waldron, Sussex; occupation: schoolReginald Eade
Rosaline Eade, F, Daughter, age 9, born Waldron, SussexRosaline Eade
Rhoda Eade, F, Daughter, age 5, born Dallington, SussexRhoda Eade
Eva Eade, F, Daughter, age 3, born Barcombe, SussexEva Eade
Thomas Eade, M, Son, age 2, born Barcombe, SussexThomas Eade

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