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St Mary the Virgin Parish Church, Hartfield, East Sussex. Parts of the building date frolm the 1250's. A most unusual black and white timbered house lies at the entrance to the churchyard which incorporates a lych-gate.
Hartfield lies on the northern edge of the Ashdown Forest , and is probably named due to the number of deer (hart) that abounded in the area, when the Ashdown Forest was a royal deer hunting park.
The old Wesleyan Chapel is now a residence.
A chapel of ease was built at Holtye Common in the north of the parish, dedicated to St Peter, and is now in the parish of Hammerwood & Holtye.
The village grew from its agricultural roots until it became a centre for iron and timber. The village had a furnace and forge in the valley to the north.
In 1905 the village saw the arrival of the Milne family who bought Cotchford Farm. A small bridge was built over the stream at the end of their land in 1907. A young Christopher Robin Milne visited the shops in the village with his nanny in the 1920's, his father A. A. Milne wrote the Winnie-the-Pooh stories which incorporated the young Christopher with the bridge on the farm being the place where the game Poohsticks was invented.
Church details, together with baptism, marriage, monumental inscription & burial records can be accessed by clicking on the church name.
The OPC Database has no census returns for people residing in this parish yet.
5 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1851 census.
16 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.
1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1871 census.
5 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1881 census.
1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.
The Weald site has transcriptions of the 1841, 1851 and 1881 census returns
The OPC database contains 150 poll register entries for people entitled to vote in this parish.
There are no protestation returns for this parish in the OPC database.
The OPC database contains 28 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.
Newspaper Article regarding an accident in 1930 in the church tower
There are 48 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.
The OPC database contains no postal directory entries for this parish.
1867 Kelly's Directory for Hartfield is available on the GENUKI site
1851 Post Office Directory for Hartfield
There are 4 books about this parish in the Sussex OPC Bibliography.
There are 29 articles about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.
There are 2 people from this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Society Members Index.
The OPC database contains 2 wills of people who lived in this parish.
The OPC database contains no wills that mention this parish.
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