If you’re wandering which part of the Burdfield family we are, and whether or not we’re related to you, then go to www.ancestry.co.uk, click on Search, and look at the Public Family Trees.  Type in the surname and find the tree with my name on it.  What I thought was a small family from Itchingfield in West Sussex, has turned out to be a huge world wide family.

We are from the line with John Burdfield, who married Mary Scutt (eventually, having had two children out of wedlock). Their son Charles Burdfield married Elizabeth Dendy and their son Walter married Harriet Voice.  Their son Henry married Kitty Rendall and their son Charles married Betty Parker (from Blackheath).  Their son Peter married me.

According to the SusseWalter Burdfield 1923x Archaeological Records, the name originates from Bordeville which was an ancient town in Normandy France.  It is quite possible that Robert de Bordeville came over as one of William the Conqueror’s Knights in 1066 and was given land at Lancing and Hoo (Ashurst/Henfield)  by William de Braose.   However the family tree is difficult to put together prior to the 1600s when William Burdfield arrived in Itchingfield, nr Horsham, where the family settled and we’re still here !

The black and white photograph above was taken in July 1923 outside The Queen’s Head Pub in Barns Green (where Walter’s father had been the Landlord)  and shows Walter Burdfield, in his smock, along with (believe it or not) his nephew Charles Burdfield.  Behind Walter is his son Henry.   The smock Walter is wearing can be seen in the Shepherds’ Hut at The Weald & Downland Museum in Singleton, West Sussex and we still have the stick he is holding.  In fact you can see Peter Burdfield holding the stick in the colour photograph at the top.  That photograph was taken in July 2012, by Nathan Lediard, with Peter (the then Landlord of the Queen’s Head) and his three sons, together with Phil Honeybone taking the place of Charles and Jon Ingles sitting on the fence at the back.  The car is Peter’s 1926 Model T Ford.




Turkeys 2016

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Sussex Free Range Turkeys will have 100 Turkeys in December 2016, they sold out early in December last year, so please go to the www.sussexfreerangeturkeys.co.uk site and order yours now.

We have sent our order for bronze hens to the Hatcherie and they will be delivered to us at the end of June as day old chicks.