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We are receiving an increasing number of requests from people who are researching their relatives and their birthplaces in this area. Unfortunately many of these requests are so complicated or just plain demanding that we are unable to carry out the necessary research ourselves. Therefore we will publish here without charge, any genealogy or local history requests for the Horsted Keynes area. If you can help the enquirer please reply directly to them.

If you would like us to publicise your request for information please send us an email - state first the surname of the family in which you are interested, then summarise what you want to know, finishing with a contact email address. We are asking for requests in this style and order so that the Internet search engines can easily identify your request and thereby make a helpful reply more likely.

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Has anyone  seen the grave or heard of the burial site of Jane Sherlock, wife of Lashmer Sherlock, who died about 1810 - 1815 in Horsted Keynes? She was baptised in Horsted Keynes in 1765, the daughter of Thomas and Anne Best.  Lashmer Sherlock died in 1869.
I cannot find any record of her death, so If you come across her date of death, please could you kindly contact me at: email:


John Martin

I am a descendant of John Martin, born in Horsted Keynes before 26 May 1795. He was the fifth son of Thomas MARTIN died 15 Dec 1829 Horsted Keynes and Sarah CONSTABLE, who also died in Horsted Keynes. 14 Jun 1826.John was convicted of stealing a sheep in 1818 in the Sussex assize and was sentenced to death, but the sentence was commuted to transportation for life to New South Wales, Australia. 

Martin siblings to John include: Thomas MARTIN (1786); Richard MARTIN (1790), Edward MARTIN, (1791) Mary MARTIN, (1797) Martha MARTIN  (1799) Henry MARTIN (1801), Maria MARTIN (1802) all christened in Horsted Keynes, so it seems that the family lived in this community for some time.

John went on to become a respectable and successful farmer in the Paterson area of Australia.

As there were many brothers and sisters of John, I am seeking information as to whether any Martin descendants still living in or around Horsted Keynes today. I am willing to share information about Johnís many descendants in Australia should anyone wish for more information.

Amanda Mac


HiI'm researching the SHERLOCK family from Horsted Keynes. I've traced the family back to Stephen Sherlock, born about 1817, married to Charlotte from Fletching. Their children were Harriett, Abraham, Eliza, Mary Ann and William. Please contact me at


Thomas Colven


Looking for connections with COLVEN family of Horsted Keynes.

Thomas baptised 1768 in Lindfield. Was a bricklayer. Married Hannah (buried 1 June 1812) then Eleanor Haigh widow, (buried 7 Jan 1836).

Thomas buried 21 Jan 1836 - all in St Giles churchyard. Brother Richard was a glazier, died 1808 with a large tomb in churchyard.

Thomas's son was Charles Crewdson Colven, baptised 9 Feb 1817 in Horsted Keynes, who married Elizabeth Britcher in Dec 1840 in Bromley.

(Where did Crewdson come from??). Family moved to South London.

Thomas's father possibly George and grandfather Richard (buried may 1744 in churchyard) also a bricklayer.

Would be pleased to have any further information on this family. Contact me


I'm looking for any information about the BATES family who lived in Horsted Keynes from about the early 1800's to the late 1830's. John Bates was born there about 1805, married Hope Holford and had three known children - Hubert, Horace and Herbert. John was a tailor as was his two eldest sons. Any information on births, baptisms, marriages etc needed.




         I am looking for any information on the  Scott  families that  come from this area  can any one help please



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I am looking for any type of record of people by the last name of HOADLEY, particularly these people:
Harry Hoadley b. 8 Apr 1878
Edward Hoadley b. Nov 1845 d.1889
John Hoadley d. 1881
John Hoadley b.1776, Chiltington, sussex

(all these events supposedly happened in horsted keynes, unless stated otherwise.)
any help would be much appriciated. just email me at

I am researching the surname PRING(E) my -

7G Grandfather Isaac Pring  born Lindfield 1697 married Mary MILLS from Cuckfield (Marriage states him being from Wych Cross?)

8G Grandfather John PRING a Cordwainer by trade born Horsted Keynes 1675 married Elizabeth COX

9G Grandfather John PRINGE born 1655 Horsted Keynes married Elizabeth ?

10G Grandfather Thomas PRINGE born East Grinstead 1622 married Jane RIVERS

11G Grandfather Edward PRINGE born East Grinstead app 1588 married Agnis (Agnes) LATTER

Can anyone tie any of the above with their own family tree? Or have knowledge of any of these from property deeds or other documents?

Many thanks


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I`m trying to trace relatives of the Armstrong family lived at Elm cottage Horsted Keynes in the 1960 please contact me at



The brother of one of my direct ancestors attended Horsted Keynes (or as he spells it Kaynes) school in 1841.  Through research I believe that he was nine in 1841 and have come across a letter home just before Christmas
  "We shall break up on the 24 and the duties of the School will be resumed on the 3 of January 42"
 He also confirms that the Ellis's were there at the time as he finishes:
 "Mr and Mrs Ellis present their respectful Compliments"
 The writer of the letter was a William Gibson and his parents were James and Hannah Gibson.  He had one brother James and five sisters Ann, Harriet, Alice, Hannah and Susan.
My direct ancestor is Alice and I would love to know if she attended this school.  Also I know very little about Williams parents so would love to know if the school has any information on them.
 Di Oxford




G'day from OZ,
I am seeking information on a family called WELFARE who lived in this area from since about 1683.
Ancestral line in order.
1. Thomas and Elizabeth born about 1660.
2. Walter married Mary Newport 1722.
3. William married Jane about 1754.
4. William married Susannah about 1782.
Jane a daughter of No.4 married Richard SMITH @ Ringmer and they went on to live at Frant and a son (Thomas) came to Australia with his wife in 1838.
Would love to correspond with anyone who may be able to assist me.
Many thanks
Wal Towells  Newcastle Australia




Hello, I am interested in contacting any one who knows of or has links with members of the Bonsey Family. I have been told of Charlie Bonsey and Alice who were connected with a Bakers and Coal merchants at Horsted Keynes in the 1920's and 1930's. Please contact me on Thank you.

September 2004
I am trying to find out about the BELLCHAMBERS family from Horsted Keynes. My research has taken me back to a James Bellchambers born around 1716 in Horstead Keynes. I believe his parents were named John Bellchambers and Mary Longley but I have no further details regarding these two. Although I do not know the name(s) of any spouses I do have information regarding 7 children (Ann b.1737, George b.1738, William b.1738, Mary b.1747, Elizabeth b.1748, Francis b.c1761 and James b.c1764) some of which I know were born in Horsted Keynes and others I know were christened in Hartfield. His youngest son James I have as marrying a Mary Hubbard in 1778. I also have possible information regarding a marriage to a Mary Voice. My family descends from this James Bellchambers and eventually moved to Kent but I am looking for any information regarding all branches of the family


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Hello, I am looking for information on George Holford born in Horsted Keynes abt.1720, I would like to know where he died.

Contact, Margaret.

I'm looking for information on the family or persons with the surname HAZELGROVE in the Horsted Keynes/Ardingly area that may have been closely connected with or employed by the local railway - either Bluebell or previously Ouse Valley/Southern Railway.

I would like to find out about the LUCKHURST Family in Horsted Keynes
Kim Luckhurst
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Hello, I'd like to learn whether anyone of my FORD family, or related ones like CORKE, still live in the area. Many were born in HK until the end of the 19th C and one lived at Birchgrove until at least the 1st World War. Most of them had the middle name of WELFARE. I didn't know about my family until recently. Any help welcome to



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