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Battle fruit farm, Marleys Lane

2nd August 2020

Linda Hayler:

Hi all,

I am interested in the history of the fruit farm and the house on the land. When was its name changed to Lockinge? What were its origins as it has three distinct sections to it. Asking for a friend.

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Find a Friend

19th March 2020

Jens Mohr:

Where is my friend Gordon Bailey? Who knows anything about him?

Jens

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Veness Family History

13th December 2019

Alisan Greeff:

How fascinating! Thanks for sharing this with us ;-) I am in Australia now, but my maternal great-grandmother was a Veness.

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Family History of Sargent

21st November 2019

Todd Sargent:

Again, thank you very much for the assistance. What I know, is my ancestor John Sargent was born in Hastings/Battle abt 1782. John Sargent was married to Susannah Luff on 6 Jul 1805 at the parish of Beckly. His father and his grandfather name was also John Sargent, both farmers from the surrounding area. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Sincerely,
Todd

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Family History of Sargent

21st November 2019

Kevin Regan:

Happy to help Todd. As you mentioned the "Battle" area, do you know where specifically you are researching? Battle and District History Society also have extensive records, as do many of the surrounding villages. What do you have in the 1780's for the Sargent family in Sussex? That may help set in motion places to visit, things to do etc.. Regards, Kevin

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Family History of Sargent

21st November 2019

Todd Sargent:

Sir, many thanks. I plan to visit soon, but have never been to your area. Thank you for replying.
Sincerely,
Todd

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Cattle Trough in Battle

20th November 2019

Kevin Regan:

Ages old, so you may have the answer, but there is a drinking trough halfway up Caldbec Hill which fits with your description. I should think it was moved when the Market closed, rather than lose it completely.

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Battle Black Horse Inn Bourner

20th November 2019

Kevin Regan:

Can't help directly, but contact Battle and District History Society who may have records to assist. Don't know where you are located by you might try accessing the 1841/51/61 Census records to see if any Bourner shows. FWIW, there is a Bourner family in Hooe, near Ninfield - try their History Society. The Black Horse may be the one on the outskirts of Battle at Telham

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Family History of Sargent

20th November 2019

Kevin Regan:

Are you one who visited Ninfield a few years ago also researching the family? Our history society (Ninfield Local History Group) organised a meeting. You should contact them on facebook or their website to see what they may have.

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Veness Family History

20th November 2019

Kevin Regan:

Hello - now here's what may be a weird coincidence. I volunteer at Battle Museum of Local History and we were discussing the ancient Roman ironworkings at Beauport Park, on the outskirts of Battle. Someone mentioned that nearby is an iron working company. The director turns out to be a Robert William Venness, so reading through all your posts, it could well be that he goes back to the Huguenots who fled from France in the mid 1500's. The Huguenots were often skilled workers, often in the iron industry and may well have contributed to the building of blast furnaces which kick started the Weald cannon foundry businesses (and gun powder) in the area. Very interesting!

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