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

1597FreeholderHenry HawkinsDownstreateBuckhurst Terrier
Henrie Hawkins holds by deed tenement and land called Downstreate, 30 acres, bounds:
  • Queens highway Lewes to East Grinsted to the East
  • Wm. Sidley to the South
  • Thomas Stidoll to the North
  • Charles Howard, Esq. To the West
Rent 10s. 8d.

c 1795Fletching and Marefield, Sussex - c 1795Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1795 by William Gardner and Thomas GreamDownsped Farm

c 1825Fletching and Marefield, Sussex - c 1825Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1825 by Christopher and John GreenwoodDown Street

6th Jun 1841CensusJohn Martin, M, Head, age 35 to 39, born Sussex; occupation: farmerJohn Martin, farmerDown Street1841 Census
Maresfield, Sussex
Mary Martin, F, [Wife], age 30 to 34, born SussexMary Martin [Helmsley]
William Martin, M, [Son], age 10, born SussexWilliam Martin, farmer
Emely Martin, F, [Daughter], age 5, born SussexEmily Martin
Mary Martin, F, [Daughter], age 1, born SussexMaryann Martin
Margaret Weller, F, age 18, born Sussex; occupation: servantMargaret Weller

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; employs 2 people; occupation: farmerJohn Martin, farmerDownstreet1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
WifeMary Martin [Helmsley]
Son; occupation: employed on farmWilliam Martin, farmer
Daughter; occupation: domestic servantEmily Martin
Daughter; occupation: scholarMaryann Martin
SonGeorge Martin
Servant; occupation: farm labourerWilliam Howell
Servant; occupation: farm labourerJohn Stevenson

1867Directory entryMartin John, farmer, Down Street farmDown Street farmPost Office Directory

1874Directory entryMartin John, farmer, Down Street farmDown Street farmPost Office Directory

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 SurveyDown Street Farm

1879RecollectionsGeorge MartinDown Street 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:

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.


1882Directory entryMepham Jas., farmer, Down Street farmDown Street farmKelly's Directory

1888Directory entryLangridge, Edmund, farmer, Down street farmDown street farmBrooker's Guide

1888Directory entryMepham, James, senr., farmer, Down streetDown streetBrooker's Guide

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