We are a group of enthusiastic volunteers who research the historical geography of Ashdown Forest, focusing particularly on the people who have lived and worked there, and their impact on it, and the impact the forest has, in turn, had on them. Articles by members of the group have appeared in Ashdown Forest News and other publications. We also hold periodic exhibitions of our work: the first took place in 2015, and the next is being held at the Ashdown Forest Centre from 5 July to 31 August 2017. It is entitled “Ashdown Forest in a Time of Change: 1850-1914” – click here for more info.
The following articles are available for downloading:
- Ashdown Forest in a Time of Change
- Occupations in a 19th Century Forest-edge Rural Community
- Who were the Census Enumerators?
- Family Names on the Forest
- Forest Row Men who Died in the Great War
- New Insight into the Origins of the Forest Centre Barns
- Fire on the Forest - A Commoner’s Response
- The Development of Railways around Ashdown Forest before the First World War
- The Turnpike Roads of Ashdown Forest - A Forgotten History?
A number of illustrated booklets are also available for download:
World War One – Case Studies
The group is currently engaged on a major project to write case studies on all those men who fell in the First World War that are commemorated on the war memorials at Forest Row, Hartfield and Coleman's Hatch – 116 in total. Work on those who died from 1914 to 1916 has now been completed, while work on men who died in 1917 and later is ongoing. These studies have been compiled into two documents which are available for download:
A dedicated website has been created for this project, and you may find this the easiest way of viewing the case studies.
We would welcome any corrections or additional information or images relating to any of these studies. Please contact us at the group’s email address below.
All the above publications are copyright © Ashdown Forest Research Group.
Interested in joining the group?
The research group meets eight times a year, usually on Tuesday mornings, at the Ashdown Forest Centre. We welcome enthusiastic new researchers who may be interested in contributing to our projects as well as carrying out their own research. If you are interested please contact us at the email address below.
Contacting the group
The group may be contacted by email at [email protected]