1880 Map of East Dean (from old-maps.co.uk)
"This corner of West Sussex has been inhabited for centuries. A walk across
any ploughed field will yeild a flint scraper or two, or a flint knife. Court
Hill above the village is honeycombed with Celtic fields, the wooded hill across
the valley is terraced with lynchets; ten Bronze Age round barrows have been
recorded in the Parish. Quite lately a find of some coins and pottery in the
village suggests there was an inhabitation here in Roman times. But when the
Saxons came they probably found only deep forest here. From their settlement
at Singleton they sought out clearings in the forest in which to keep their
pigs; and from the huts of the swineherds grew up the villages of East and west
East Dean does not appear in the Domesday Book but ws probably included in the very large assessment of Singleton.
The appearance of the village cannot have altered greatly in the last century or two. Most of the older houses in the village date from the early years of the 17th century, one or two perhaps from the late 16th century. The old houses we see now are survivors of a disasterous fire in 1852 which swept away 8 houses and several barns and damaged others - rather unsightly slate roofs here and there show where the thatched roofs were destroyed."
(Source: exerpts from 'Guide to Churches - Blessed Virgin Mary Singleton; St Andrew West Dean; All Saints East Dean. Purchased from the Church)
Cottages on Butchers Lane. I have a census entry of 1891 showing many family members on Butchers Lane.
Ref: RG12/846 - all entries relate to Butchers Lane (no house numbers)
|Name||Relation to Head||Marital Condition||Age||Occupation||Birthplace|
|Jane NORRELL||head||widow||66||Pin Maker||Sussex, Charlton|
|William KENNETT||head||married||38||Wood cutter||East Dean|
|Ellen KENNETT||wife||married||32||Sussex, Coates|
|Fanny KENNETT||lodger||widow||81||Sussex, Pulborough|
|John NORRELL||head||married||41||Wood cutter||East Dean|
|Ann NORRELL||wife||married||43||Sussex, Singleton|
|Elsie NORRELL||dau.||single||4||Scholar||East Dean|
|Henry WILD||head||married||48||Hurdle Maker||East Dean|
|Jane WILD||wife||married||50||East Dean|
|Ada WILD||dau.||single||23||Dress Maker||East Dean|
|William WILD||son||single||14||Hurdle Maker (assistant)||East Dean|
|Lucy WILD||dau.||single||11||Scholar||East Dean|
"The Hurdlemakers" Public house. My WILD ancestors were Hurdlemakers in the village.
"Pond Cottage" you can clearly see the timber frame of this building
A view across the village pond, the pond is visible on the 1880 map
A different view across the pond
This row of cottages is just over the pond, the road leads of Charlton and Singleton
Cows in their field next to Manor Farm, in the village
Cottages just down from Manor Farm, Pond Cottage is at the bottom of this road facing onto the pond. In the census of 1891 I have an entry for my WILD family, enumerated only one family away from Manor Farm which is the next abode to the left of these cottages. Could my family have lived here? The census just tells me "village" which would indicate a central part of the village. At the leat I imagine these are the type of homes my family lived in.