The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
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c 1875South View, Coldharbour & Blacknest, South of Crowborough - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveySouth View

c 1875South View & Lords Well, South of Crowborough - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveySouth View

3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam Bingham, M, Head, married, age 38, born East Grinstead, occupation: corn dealerWilliam BinghamSouth View1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusSophia A. Bingham, F, Wife, married, age 38, born HampshireSophia A. Bingham
3rd Apr 1881CensusSussanna Bingham, F, Daughter, age 8, born Rotherfield, occupation: scholarSusanna Matilda Bingham
3rd Apr 1881CensusMarria E. Bingham, F, Daughter, age 6, born Rotherfield, occupation: scholarMarcia Ellis Bingham
3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Bingham, M, Uncle, single, age 56, born West Hoathly, occupation: retired millerGeorge Bingham
3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas Bingham, F, Father, married, age 68, born West Hoathly; occupation Retired MillerThomas Bingham
3rd Apr 1881CensusMatilda Bingham, F, Mother, married, age 65, born ArdinglyMatilda (Amelia) Bingham [Backshall]
3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam Care, M, Serv, single, age 23, born Rotherfield, occupation: carmanWilliam Care
3rd Apr 1881CensusEmily Saunders, F, Serv, single, age 25, born Tonbridge; occupation Domestic servantEmily Saunders
3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas Sherbon, M, Serv, single, age 16, born Uckfield; occupation Domestic servantThomas Sherbon

1890HistorySouth ViewFirmin's Guide

There were no buildings on White Hill, which was then called Coldharbour, and the lower part of it was known by the name of the Bowling Alley. Along High Street, past South View to the Common on the left, stood only one building, Haircombe Farm House, belonging to Sir J. Shelley, Bart. On the opposite side was a long narrow thatched building, divided into compartments. This belonged to the parish, and was connected with the Poor House then existing at Rotherfield. It was used as a dwelling for the aged poor, and being built of slabs of wood, went by the name of Slab Castle. The ground around this building, consisting of several acres, also belonged to the parish.

The next building on this side of the way was placed where there are several fine yew trees. These trees still thrive, and are magnificent specimens of their species.

A very old thatched building yet remains near these trees. It marks the spot where the ancestor of one of the Crowborough families, between 200 and 300 years ago, first pitched his tent. He came from the North, and selecting this spot for his encampment, proceeded to cut down trees to build a wooden hut, which, on completing, he called Collier's Lodge. All around this spot was a thick wood, which, as he was a charcoal burner, supplied him with material for his work. The charcoal he sold to the ironmasters in the neighbourhood for their furnaces, and sometimes carried it to the London market.

There seems to have been no objection made by the Lord of the Manor at this period to anyone using the wood or settling upon the Forest, but at certain times the bailiff came round and demanded a small quit-rent as an acknowledgement of the Lord's manorial rights from those who had established themselves on the forest land. Subsequently, however, settlers, whenever they attempted to locate themselves on this waste ground, were summarily dislodged.

There appears to be little doubt that Crowborough Hill was well wooded at one period, and that the trees were all felled to make charcoal for the numerous furnaces in the vicinity. An old inhabitant recollects her father stating that he had seen seven furnaces at work at the same time around Crowborough, and that he remembered an oak tree being dug out of the Broom Bog, near Broom Farm, which was as black as the bog in which it was found. Her father was born in 1780, but there are also traditions from the grandfather and others going far back in time, and some of my statements are made from these traditions.


5th Apr 1891CensusWilliam Bingham, M, Head, married, age 49, born Southampton, Hampshire, occupation: miller and corn dealerWilliam Bingham, miller and corn dealerOriental Place1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
5th Apr 1891CensusSophia Ann Bingham, F, Wife, married, age 49, born Southampton, HampshireSophia Ann Bingham
5th Apr 1891CensusSusanna M Bingham, F, Daughter, single, age 17, born Rotherfield, Sussex, occupation: organistSusanna M Bingham
5th Apr 1891CensusMarcia Ellice Bingham, F, Daughter, age 15, born Rotherfield, Sussex, occupation: scholarMarcia Ellice Bingham
5th Apr 1891CensusFlorence Miles, F, Niece, single, age 20, born Blackham, Withyham, Sussex, occupation: assistant in generalFlorence Miles
5th Apr 1891CensusJames Hoath, M, Servant, single, age 21, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: assistant millerJames Hoath

c 1899South View & Lords Well, South of Crowborough - c 1899Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1899 by Ordnance SurveySouth View

1908SouthviewSouthview, CrowboroughPrivate collection

c 1915South ViewSouth View, Crowborough photographed by Webb and Longstaffe, CrowboroughPrivate collection

1960Nursing Home, South ViewNursing Home, South View, Crowborough photographed by A.H. Homewood, Burgess HillPrivate collection

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