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1931Wealden Iron by Ernest Straker ⇒ p. 262

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c 1825Eridge, Sussex - c 1825Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1825 by Christopher and John GreenwoodHamsall

6th Jun 1841CensusJohn Stapley, M, Head, age 50 to 54, born Sussex; occupation YeomanJohn Baker StapleyHamsell1841 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
6th Jun 1841CensusAnn Stapley, F, [Daughter], age 25 to 29, born SussexAnn Stapley
6th Jun 1841CensusJohn Stapley, M, [Son], age 25 to 29, born SussexJohn Baker Stapley
6th Jun 1841CensusMary Stapley, F, [Daughter], age 25 to 29, born SussexMary Stapley
6th Jun 1841CensusJemima Jinks, F, age 15 to 19, born Sussex; occupation: servantJemima Jinks
6th Jun 1841CensusFrederick Muddle, M, age 20 to 24, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourerFrederick Muddle
6th Jun 1841CensusJames Martin, M, age 60 to 64, born Sussex; occupation Farm labourerJames Martin
6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Martin, M, age 35 to 39, born Sussex; occupation Farm labourerWilliam Martin

6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Overy, M, Head, age 35 to 39, born Sussex; occupation FarmerWilliam OveryHamsell1841 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
6th Jun 1841CensusAnn Overy, F, [Wife], age 30 to 34, born SussexSally Ann Overy
6th Jun 1841CensusThomas Overy, M, [Son], age 10, born SussexThomas Overy
6th Jun 1841CensusEmily Overy, F, [Daughter], age 4, born SussexEmily Kemp [Overy]
6th Jun 1841CensusRobert Overy, M, [Son], age 1, born SussexRobert Overy
6th Jun 1841CensusGeorge Avis, M, age 15 to 19, born SussexGeorge Avis
6th Jun 1841CensusEliza N/K, F, age 15 to 19, born Sussex; occupation ServantEliza N/K

30th Mar 1851CensusHead, widowed, employs 9+ people; occupation FarmerJohn Baker StapleyHamsell Farm1851 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughter; occupation HousekeeperMary Stapley
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation: general servantMary Kidd
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; widowed; occupation Farm LabourerJames Martin
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation Farm LabourerWilliam Martin
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation: farm labourerFrederick Muddle

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation FarmerWilliam OveryHamsell Farm1851 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusWifeSally Ann Overy
30th Mar 1851CensusSonThomas Overy
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughter; occupation ScholarEmily Kemp [Overy]
30th Mar 1851CensusSon; occupation ScholarRobert Overy
30th Mar 1851CensusNephew; occupation ScholarCharles Overy
30th Mar 1851CensusVisitorEmma Overy
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation: farm labourerTimothy Farmer, farm labourer
30th Mar 1851CensusNephew; occupation: scholarJohn Thomas Killick, saddler
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation General ServantJulia Osborn

7th Apr 1861CensusHorace Betts, M, Head, married, age 29, born Langley, Kent; occupation: farmer of 226 acres employing 7 men and 2 boysHorace Betts, farmerHamsell1861 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
7th Apr 1861CensusSarah Betts, F, Wife, married, age 25, born Langley, Kent; occupation: farmer's wifeSarah Betts
7th Apr 1861CensusHorace Betts, M, Son, age 1, born Langley, KentHorace Betts
7th Apr 1861CensusJames Betts, M, Brother, single, age 34, born Langley, KentJames Betts
7th Apr 1861CensusAlfred Betts, M, Brother, single, age 25, born Langley, KentAlfred Betts
7th Apr 1861CensusJane Coomber, F, Servant, single, age 30, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: house servantJane Coomber
7th Apr 1861CensusHarriett Killick, F, Servant, single, age 13, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: nurse maidHarriett Killick
7th Apr 1861CensusWilliam Martin, M, Servant, single, age 47, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: carterWilliam Martin
7th Apr 1861CensusSamuel Streeter, M, Servant, single, age 24, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: carter's mateSamuel Streeter, farm labourer

2nd Apr 1871CensusMoses Richardson, M, Head, married, age 50, born Thakeham, Sussex; occupation: farm bailiffMoses Richardson, farm bailiffHamsel House1871 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
2nd Apr 1871CensusEleanor Richardson, F, Wife, married, age 48, born Bury, SussexEleanor Richardson
2nd Apr 1871CensusJulian E Watts, M, Nephew, single, age 12, born Godalming, Surrey; occupation: general servantJulian E. Watts
2nd Apr 1871CensusJohn Glen, M, Servant, married, age 25, born Compton, Sussex; occupation: farm servantJohn Glen
2nd Apr 1871CensusElizabeth Glen, F, Servant, married, age 25, born Keymer, Sussex; occupation: general servantElizabeth Glen

c 1875Hamsell, Hamsellwood, Bullfinches & Eridge Station, South West of Eridge Park - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyHamsell Farm

3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas Pratt, M, Head, married, age 57, born Rotherfield, employs 5 men and 2 boys; occupation FarmerThomas PrattHamsell Farm1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary Pratt, F, Wife, married, age 57, born RotherfieldMary Ann Pratt [Latter]
3rd Apr 1881CensusJane Pratt, F, Daughter, single, age 23, born RotherfieldJane Pratt
3rd Apr 1881CensusJoseph Pratt, M, Son, single, age 21, born RotherfieldJoseph Pratt
3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas Pratt, M, Son, age 13, born RotherfieldThomas Pratt

1890HistoryHamsellFirmin's Guide

Hamsell Lake is well worth a visit. It is about two miles and a half only from the Cross, and so within an easy walk. Surrounded by dense foliage, the forms and shades of which are clearly reflected in it, it presents a view in striking contrast to the general scenery of Crowborough. The bright light of the sky shines all along its centre, while the deep grey-green of the shadows encircling the light as a girdle emphasises the contrast. The shades from the leafy groves which cover the hills on both sides to the very brink of the water, are a most refreshing retreat on a bright warm day, and we can linger on the banks of the lake for many hours, dreaming sweet day-dreams, if so inclined.

There are two roads or paths to this lake, both of which the pedestrian will find attractive.

The one by Pilmer Lane leads through the lower part of the Beechen and Bream Woods, and every break in the leafy canopy opens up charming glimpses of the opposite hill, while the blue-grey distance occasionally adds its beauty to the scene. The other road is through the gate at Cooke's Corner under the ancient oak tree. It skirts the upper part of the Beechen Wood, passes Gildridge Farm and along the border of Bream Wood to Orznash Farm; then entering the wood it descends into the valley to the lake. Here we may stay to while away many a pleasant hour in peaceful solitude, or we may continue on into the Groombridge Road, and keeping to the right arrive at Eridge Station.

From there we may get back to Crowborough by Boar's Head and Steel Cross. This route, however, will be perhaps a longer journey than many would care to take. The greater number will no doubt prefer retracing their steps through the wood to the Cross.

There is another ramble which will certainly please every lover of wild nature. Take the road as far as Steel Cross, and on arriving at the sign-post go down the path on the right and take the first turning on the left, which is known as Pell's Gate Road. On reaching a group of cottages a road on the left will be seen; this leads over a piece of wild common by the Lime Kiln Wood to Redgate Mill. The road past this mill goes on to Rotherfield. If instead of going over the Common the pedestrian continues on the Pell's Gate Road it will lead him to Maynard's Gate, a little way beyond the Crowborough Railway Station.


5th Apr 1891CensusThomas Pratt, M, Head, married, age 69, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation FarmerThomas PrattHamsell Farm1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
5th Apr 1891CensusMary Ann Pratt, F, Wife, married, age 69, born Rotherfield, SussexMary Ann Pratt [Latter]
5th Apr 1891CensusWilliam Pratt, M, Son, married, age 41, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation Farm LabourerWilliam Pratt
5th Apr 1891CensusJoseph Pratt, M, Son, single, age 30, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation Farm LabourerJoseph Pratt
5th Apr 1891CensusGeorge Renolds, M, Servant, single, age 26, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation Farm LabourerGeorge Renolds
5th Apr 1891CensusCharles Martin, M, Servant, single, age 14, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation Farm LabourerCharles Martin
5th Apr 1891CensusEliza Braiden, F, Servant, single, age 17, born Brighton, Sussex, occupation: general domestic servantEliza Braiden
5th Apr 1891CensusHenry Rogers, M, Visitor, single, age 49, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation Farm LabourerHenry Rogers

5th Apr 1891CensusAlfred Thomas Pratt, M, Head, age 23, born Rotherfield, SussexAlfred Thomas PrattHamsell Farm1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
5th Apr 1891CensusRose Thomas Pratt, F, Wife, age 23, born Kingsomborne, HampshireRose Thomas Pratt
5th Apr 1891CensusJames Beith, M, Father-in-law, married, age 64, born Kingsomborne, Hampshire; occupation Farm LabourerJames Beith
5th Apr 1891CensusEliza Beith, F, Mother-in-law, married, age 63, born Romsey, HampshireEliza Beith

c 1899Hamsell Farm & Copyhold Farm, Sussex - c 1899Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1899 by Ordnance SurveyHamsell Farm
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