Hop-picking in Sedlescombe about 1900
Hops in the 19th century
  
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The following should be read in conjunction with Alan Henderson's booklet (available from Sedlescombe Stores) "Hop Token Issuers and Their Tokens Volume Two. The information has been taken from a variety of sources which are detailed.

AUSTFORD FARM, SEDLESCOMBE

James Colman VIDLER described as yeoman of Mountfield

09/12/1847

Sedlescombe marr register - married Hesther CRISFORD (Sedlescombe bap register  05/12/1825, shown as Esther).  Her family farmed Castlemans Farm, Church Hill, Sedlescombe.

Marianne Vidler

14/11/1848

Sedlescombe bap register, dau of James Colman VIDLER (yeoman) and Hesther VIDLER

Marianne Vidler

08/12/1848

Sedlescombe bur register, age 3 weeks

Charles Vidler

02/05/1850

Sedlescombe bap register, son of James Colman VIDLER and Hesther VIDLER

James Colman VIDLER & family

1851 Sed census

At Hailsford aged 25, farmer with 386 acres employing 13 men and 6 boys, born in Rye

Spencer FREELAND

30/04/1806

Sedlescombe bap register, son of Henry & Elizabeth FREELAND ie Spencer FREELAND was the younger brother of Henry FREELAND  - see Homestall

Spencer FREELAND & family

1851 Sed census

At Hailsford (separate property from above) aged 45, farm bailiff

Spencer FREELAND & family

1861 Sed census

At Austford Farm – farmer, probably same property as James VIDLER occupied in 1841 but with 200 acres of land employing 3 men and 2 boys

Spencer FREELAND & family

1871 Sed census

At Church House – farm bailiff

Spencer FREELAND

03/07/1876

Sedlescombe bur register, aged 70

Sarah FREELAND

1881 Sed census

Widow, lodging near the Church

?FOOTLANDS, SEDLESCOMBE – AT GREAT SANDERS

Richard SMITH & family & servants

1841 Sed census

At Great Sanders, farmer

Clarence SMITH

24/11/1840

Sedlescombe bap register, father yeoman

Eliza SMITH

16/02/1841

Sedlescombe bap register, father gentleman

Clara Maria SMITH

27/04/1843

Sedlescombe bap register, father gentleman

Edwin Alfred SMITH

30/11/1845

Sedlescombe bap register, father Esq.

Bertram SMITH

13/07/1847

Sedlescombe bap register, father Esq.

Catharine SMITH

18/03/1849

Sedlescombe bap register, father Esq.

No children appear to have been baptised after 1849

   

Eliza SMITH & 4 children

1841 Sed census

At Great Sanders, farmer’s wife

HOMESTALL

Henry FREELAND

25/07/1815

Sedlescombe bur register, aged 40

Dates would therefore be 1775 to 1815.  No other records in the records of the Parish Church as the FREELANDS were Wesleyan Methodists

The following WESTONS probably should be under Homestall, Sedlescombe instead of Buckhurst Farm

Robert WESTON – Robert WESSON

12/02/1782

Sedlescombe bap register, son of John & Hannah WESSON

Robert WESTON

11/01/1803

Sedlescombe marr register, to Sarah

Robert WESTON

06/02/1866

Sedlescombe bur register

Dates would therefore be 1782-1866

Robert WESTON & family

1851 & 1861 Sed census

Property believed to be Homestall or late Freelands as it was called

WESTON children

1803-1825

Sedlescombe bap register, children on Robert & Sarah WESTON.  In 1813 Robert WESTON, father, was described as “trader”, 1815 as “merchant”, 1817 as “trader”, 1821 as trader

Robert Edwin WESTON

02/05/1821

02/05/1821

Sedlescombe bap register

Sed bur register, aged 4

Robert WESTON & family

1871 Sed census

Living in what was probably Homestall or late Freelands – aged 33, this Robert WESTON was born in Penhurst and was probably not the son of Robert WESTON 1782-1866 whose children were baptised in Sedlescombe Church between 1803 and 1821 – may have been a nephew or other relative.

Robert WESTON – probably only lived at Homestall between 1866 and 1872

28/03/1872

Sedlescombe bur register, aged 38 (no bap in Sedlescombe records as born in Penhurst) – probably not the son of Robert WESTON 1782-1866.  Could it have been this Robert WESTON who was at Buckhurst Farm, Westfield in 1862 before he moved to Homestall, Sedlescombe

SWALES GREEN FARM

John Eldridge

12/05/1776

Sedlescombe bap register, son of Thomas & Elizabeth ELDRIDGE

Nortons Farm should come under Westfield parish

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