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The Downs [als Down Cottage]  London Road    Crowborough  

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PublishedTitle, author and references
1890An Illustrated Guide to Crowborough by Boys Firmin ⇒ Book extract p. 49
1933The Story of Crowbrough ⇒ p. 68

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30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farm labourerJohn Izzard, farm labourerDown Cottage1851 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusWifeAnne Izzard [Pilbeam]
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughterAnn Izzard
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughterElizabeth Izzard
30th Mar 1851CensusSonAlfred Albert Izzard, farm labourer

3rd Apr 1881CensusAlfred Teague, M, Head, married, age 25, born Rotherfield; occupation Farm labourerAlfred TeagueThe Down1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary A. Teague, F, Wife, married, age 26Mary A. Teague
3rd Apr 1881CensusSamuel H. Teague, M, Son, age 4, born RotherfieldSamuel H. Teague
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary E.J. Teague, F, Daughter, age 10 m, born RotherfieldMary E.J. Teague

1886ReflectionsThe DownsField and Hedgerow
"It is sweet on awakening in the early morn to listen to the small bird singing on the tree. No sound of voice or flute is like the bird's song; there is something in it distinct and separate from all other notes. The throat of a woman gives forth a more perfect music, and the organ is the glory of man's soul. The bird upon the tree utters the meaning of the wind - a voice of the grass and wild flower, words of the green leaf; they speak through that slender tone. Sweetness of dew and rifts of sunshine, the dark hawthorn touched with breadths of open bud, the odour of the air, the colour of the daffodil - all that is delicious and beloved of spring-time are expressed in his song."

1886ReflectionsThe DownsField and Hedgerow
"I listened to the sweet-briar wind this morning; but for weeks and weeks the stark black oaks stood straight out of the snow as masts of ships with furled sails frozen and ice-bound in the haven of the deep valley. Each was visible to the foot set in the white slope, made individual in the wood by the brilliance of the background. Never was such a long winter. For fully two months they stood in the snow in black armour of iron bark unshaken, the front rank of the forest army that would not yield to the northern invader. Snow in broad flakes, snow in semi-flakes, snow raining down in frozen specs, whirling and twisting in fury, ice raining in small shot of frost, howling, sleeting, groaning; the ground like iron, the sky black and faintly yellow-brutal colours of despotism-heaven striking with clenched fist."

1886PublishedBuckhurst ParkJohn Richard Jefferies, journalist and writerThe DownsField and Hedgerow

1886PublishedThe Country-side: SussexJohn Richard Jefferies, journalist and writerThe DownsField and Hedgerow

May 1886PublishedHours of SpringJohn Richard Jefferies, journalist and writerThe DownsField and Hedgerow

Aug 1886PublishedWinds of HeavenJohn Richard Jefferies, journalist and writerThe DownsField and Hedgerow

1886 to 1887AddressJohn Richard Jefferies, journalist and writerThe Downs

Jun 1887PublishedThe Country SundayJohn Richard Jefferies, journalist and writerThe DownsField and Hedgerow

1890HistoryThe DownsFirmin's Guide

A little way down the ascent is a small house on the left, called The Downs. Here for some time, in 1885-6, dwelt Richard Jefferies. Sometimes, on a bright day in the winter or spring, he might be seen taking exercise under the lee of the hedge which bordered the road just outside of the gate of his cottage; but in the warm summer days I have met him in the fields and lanes, enjoying the rich mental feast which the book of Nature had opened out to him. He could see what was hid from the perception of many. The gulf between the spirit in man and that in Nature seemed to some extent bridged over to him. Some of his fascinating essays were written, I believe, in the Downs cottage. Look at it. It was the abode of a mind which loved the contemplation of Nature under every aspect, could see its hidden combinations, the links of its relationships, and could penetrate to the springs and fountains of its action. He was then sick unto death, for an insidious disease was hurrying him to the grave. He was not understood at Crowborough. He did not come with a full purse, but with a rich mind only. He has gone; his poor emaciated body rests in the little churchyard at Broadwater, near Worthing. He lives, however, in the memories of those who knew him, as well as of those who admire his writings.

Proceeding, we come to a farmhouse at Cooke's Corner, where on the right a very old oak tree, whose age is beyond local history, rears its shattered limbs above the barn roof.

We hurry on past another farm on the left, and then a chapel on the right, called Forest Fold, but also graphically designated by the villagers as the "Two Chimneys." Passing some cottages and a hop garden we come to a rather steep ascent, at the top of which we may rest to glance back over the way we have traversed.

5th Apr 1891CensusWilliam T Field Buss, M, Head, married, age 51, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: living on own meansWilliam Thomas Field Buss, farmerThe Downs1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
5th Apr 1891CensusFloria Field Buss, F, Wife, married, age 33, born Rotherfield, SussexFloria Field Buss
5th Apr 1891CensusJane Field Buss, F, Daughter, single, age 9, born Lewes, Sussex; occupation: scholarJane Field Buss
5th Apr 1891CensusFanny Field Buss, F, Daughter, age 5, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarFanny Field Buss
5th Apr 1891CensusAvice F Field Buss, F, Daughter, age 2 months, born Rotherfield, SussexAvica Field Buss

c 1899Crowborough Cross, Sussex - c 1899Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1899 by Ordnance SurveyDown Cottage

1937Down CottageDown Cottage, CrowboroughRichard Jefferies and Sussex
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