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1933The Story of Crowbrough ⇒ p. 60

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11th Aug 1790InheritanceRedbridgePullein's Rotherfield
Extract from John Burges Will:
"My messuage farms lands tenements hereditaments and real estate I give and devise to my niece Jane Paige (late Bridger but now the wife of Edward Paige of Penshurst, Kent, butcher) for her natural life. My messuage barn and buildings in Rotherfield called Redbridge now in tenure of William Brown (save a certain parcel of wood land called Salterís Wood hereafter given to my nephew Robert Fry of Mayfield, gentleman) after the decease of my said niece Jane Paige I give to my nephew Robert Fry for ever in Trust as soon as conveniently may be after her decease to sell it by public or private sale and with the money arising therefrom pay over and divide among the children now begotten of said Jane and Edward Paige [Provision made for the death of any of such children] Also I give to the said Jane Paige one other messuage barn buildings etc called Highbroom in tenure of William Brown. And also that field of Plainland containing by estimation two and a half acres now laid to and used with Highbroom and heretofore bought by me, with a parcel of wood called Highbeech Wood alias Greenswood and after her decease to nephew Robert Fry in Trust for the said children ..."
Proved 1790.

6th Jun 1841CensusJoseph Field, M, Head, age 45 to 49, born Sussex; occupation: farmerJoseph Field, farmerRed Bridge1841 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
6th Jun 1841CensusCharlotte Field, F, [Wife], age 22, born SussexCharlotte Field [Field] [Dadswell]
6th Jun 1841CensusMeriah Field, F, [Daughter], age 4, born SussexMaria Field
6th Jun 1841CensusJoseph Field, M, [Son], age 1, born SussexJoseph Field, farm labourer
6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Field, M, [Son], age 3 weeks, born SussexWilliam Field
6th Jun 1841CensusJames Field, M, age 22, born Sussex; occupation: servantJames Field
6th Jun 1841CensusAnn Maynard, F, age 14, born Sussex; occupation ServantAnn Maynard

30th Mar 1851CensusHead, occupation: farmerRobert Cane, farmerRedbridge Farm1851 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusWifeElizabeth Cane
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation: farm labourerJohnathan Guy
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation: farm labourerJesse Hoath, farm labourer

7th Apr 1861CensusElizabeth Cane, F, Head, widowed, age 52, born Heathfield, Sussex; occupation: farmer of 46 acres employing 1 manElizabeth Cane, farmerRed Bridge1861 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
7th Apr 1861CensusThomas Norman, M, Servant, single, age 45, born Framfield, Sussex; occupation: carterThomas Norman
7th Apr 1861CensusThomas Cole, M, Servant, single, age 14, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: carter's mateThomas Cole
7th Apr 1861CensusJames Gilbert, M, Servant, single, age 19, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm servantJames Gilbert
7th Apr 1861CensusGeorge Dadswell, M, Servant, single, age 14, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm servantGeorge Dadswell, hay trusser and thatcher

2nd Apr 1871CensusStephen Wickens, M, Head, married, age 46, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farmer of 44 acres employing 1 manStephen Wickens, farmerRedbridge1871 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
2nd Apr 1871CensusMary Ann Wickens, F, Wife, married, age 42, born Brighton, SussexMary Ann Wickens
2nd Apr 1871CensusGeorge Wickens, M, Son, single, age 14, born Rotherfield, SussexGeorge Wickens
2nd Apr 1871CensusEmmely E Wickens, F, Daughter, age 12, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarEmily Elizabeth Wickens
2nd Apr 1871CensusRhoda F Wickens, F, Daughter, age 8, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarRhoda Frances Wickens
2nd Apr 1871CensusFanny D Wickens, F, Daughter, age 2, born Rotherfield, SussexFanny Delpha Wickens
2nd Apr 1871CensusMary A E Wickens, F, Daughter, age 6m, born Rotherfield, SussexMary Anne Alice Wickens

c 1875Sweethaws, Adams, Redbridge & Perrymans, South of Crowborough - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyRedbridge

3rd Apr 1881CensusPeter Brown, M, Head, married, age 42, born Buxted; occupation: cowkeeperPeter BrownRedbridge1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusCaroline Brown, F, Wife, married, age 46, born HeathfieldCaroline Brown
3rd Apr 1881CensusAlice Brown, F, Daughter, age 9, born Buxted; occupation: scholarAlice Rebecca Brown
3rd Apr 1881CensusCharles Lade, M, Lodger, single, age 20, born Frant; occupation: carterCharles Lade

1890HistoryRedbridgeFirmin's Guide

There were farm-houses at High Broom and at Redbridge, both claiming to be of very old date, but the present buildings have been either extensively repaired, so as to leave little of the old building remaining, or have been altogether rebuilt.

For many years the only place of worship at Crowborough was the chapel built by Sir H. Fermor, Bart. The Nonconformist chapels were built long after, the oldest being the one on the Lye Green Road, close to, but not in Crowborough parish, known as Forest Fold, which has been in existence between sixty and seventy years. Before the present building was erected, Worship was performed in a barn.

The shop first established in the parish was on Chapel Green, in the building opposite to Mr. Turk's present grocery store. Here might be had a little drapery and grocery, but the stock and variety were very limited.

The shops at the Cross were established long after, within the memory of persons now living.

Carriers brought from Lewes and London the little that was required for the small community.

A coach passed over the Beacon Hill in its journey from Brighton to London, via Tunbridge Wells. Another coach ran over the Duddleswell Road and Church Hill, past the Five Hundred Acres, from Brighton through Uckfield, Maresfield, and Tunbridge Wells to London.

The postal arrangements of the period would be intolerable to us now. The nearest post office was at Rotherfield, and letters were not delivered, but were retained at the office till applied for.

The postage, which was paid by the claimant, was never under 1s. 2d. Mr. Howis, who lived at the Warren, always sent for his letters to Forest Row, a distance of seven miles or more. Probably the postal service to that place was more frequent and regular than at Rotherfield.

There was but one turnpike at Crowborough, and that was placed a little beyond the Crow and Gate Inn. It was done away with about sixteen or seventeen years ago.

Few, if any, of the people of the place had learned to read or write, there being no opportunity of getting instruction until after the Fermor School was established in 1734, and then only a limited number of children could be received into the school. Neither were there any churches or chapels nearer than Rotherfield. A few of the farmers attended at Rotherfield Church, but none of the labouring population ever thought of entering a place of worship. Even after the Fermor Chapel was built very few persons attended it.


5th Apr 1891CensusCaroline Booker, F, Head, single, age 47, born Buxted, Sussex, occupation: farmerCaroline Booker, farmerRed Bridge1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
5th Apr 1891CensusEphriam Booker, M, Son, single, age 21, born Buxted, Sussex, occupation: farm labourerEphriam Booker
5th Apr 1891CensusCharles Booker, M, Uncle, widowed, age 57, born Buxted, Sussex, occupation: farm labourerCharles Booker

1928Borowe or Manor of Alchorne in 1560Borowe or Manor of Alchorne in 1560 by Mr Chapman and Catherine PulleinRedbridge FarmPullein's Rotherfield
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