Preserved within the Bray Manuscript collection are numerous accounts for turf digging and cutting. This activity was undertaken by turf cutters on behalf of local people, for which the cutter paid 6d a load. A load was generally a cart. Each turf cutter apparently had his own patch within the respective manor and it was often a family affair. For example, William Bray’s agent lists the turf cutters in the respective manors Thomas Chennell and two sons, Thomas Farley and two sons, William Baker of Peatland Street etc. His agent evidently had difficulty extracting money from them for the right to cut, for he states that the cutters never pay for what they have themselves, and many of the poor never or seldom pay. Turf was cut for the lime burners, for the workhouse, for the bakehouse and for widows, as well as for many local people, varying from anything from one to six loads each. This suggests huge quantities of turf, which is not present today in the vegetation.
In addition, large quantities of faggots and furze were also cut, an example being in The Hurtwood in the Manor of Shere Vachery, where in 1825 William Baker was paid over £15 for cutting 10,426 faggots of wood and 2,150 faggots of furze. They were to be delivered to the manor as soon as teams could be found to cart them (SHC G85/30/1 (6)).