The Farnes family
The first members of the Farnes family to move to Blackham were William, a
railway worker who was born in Buxted, and Elizabeth, born in Rochdale,
who arrived in the village sometime between the 1891 and 1899 when their
eldest son William George was born
By the time of the 1911 census they had added Elizabeth (Cissie), Ian’s dad
Percy and Charles (‘Tine’) to the family and a few years later came Iris, who
was to marry a Blackham lad, Frank Kemp.
Percy went on to be the wheelwright at the Forge. One day he met Helen
Scott waiting at the bus stop. She had come down from Scotland to work for
Nightingale family at Beech Green. Percy and Helen married, producing four
more Blackhamites, Alastair (Mac), Ian, Moira and Christine.
It is believed that Percy was involved in the building of the lych-gate at
Blackham Church commemorating the fallen in two world wars and it was
his grandson, Christine’s son Matt Goad, who restored it as part of the events
to mark the centenary of World War I.
The links below will take you to more about the family
Percy Farnes outside the family home
Iris Farnes marries Frank Kemp
Two more generations make
their mark on Blackham