The 1901 census of
reveals a three year old Richard Wood at North Common. He and his nine year old brother Frank, are
noted as the grandsons of 77 year old Joseph Hatfield. The household comprised Joseph (noted as an
agricultural labourer, despite his age), his 66 year old wife Susannah; a son,
James Hatfield (aged 31 and working as a market gardener), a daughter, Lily M
Hatfield (aged 18) and the two grandsons.
Whether this Richard Wood is the same man mentioned in Chailey’s Parish
Magazine 13 years later is unclear. Wales