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Rotherfield
The View from the hill above Rectory House in 1785
The View from the hill above Rectory House in 1785
Our ancestors must have been an agricultural people living at peace in the midst of the clearing in the dense forest that surrounded it. There is evedence to be found in our lanes and hedgerows. The cow-wheat grew in all. It abounded throughout Hornhurst Wood, in the lane from Highgate to the Warren Farm, at Cottage Hill, Gravel Hill, Sheriffs Lane, Boarshead, Hamsell, Crowborough and it is said, cow-wheat grows only on the site of ancient forests. Wherever, therefore, its pale yellow, snap-dragon-like sprays were seen, they told of the isolation of the first inhabitants here amidst the forest …
extract from Rotherfield: The Story of some Wealden Manors by Catherine Pullein
Rotherfield is a village and large parish in the East Grinstead division of Sussex, in the hundred of Rotherfield, rape of Pevensey, rural deanery of East Grinstead, archdeaconry of Lewes and diocese of Chichester. Rotherfield is 7 miles from Tunbridge Wells and 47 miles south of London. The parish of Rotherfield included Crowborough and Jarvis Brook up until Crowborough was formed into an ecclesiatical parish on 19th September 1880 and into a civil parish on 1st April 1905
The population of Rotherfield in 1811 was 2,122; in 1841 was 3,054; in 1861 was 3,413; in 1871 was 4,149; in 1881 was 4,344 (of whom 1,700 were in Crowborough); in 1891 was 5,099 (of whom 2,068 were in Crowborough); in 1901 was 2,322 (ex Crowborough); in 1911 was 2,870 (ex Crowborough); in 1921 was 2,821 (ex Crowborough); and in 1931 was 2,821 (ex Crowborough).
Rotherfield historical notes has been derived from the same sources to highlight Rotherfield's key events in chronological order

Parish & other records Before
1500
1500
to
1550
1550
to
1600
1600
to
1650
1650
to
1700
1700
to
1725
1725
to
1750
1750
to
1775
1775
to
1800
1800
to
1825
1825
to
1850
1850
to
1875
1875
to
1900
1900
to
1925
1925
to
1950
1950
to
1975
1975
to
2000
After
2000

18370Births111042677581944245459311812603406446672139612393
9955Christenings93404743816437451551813143518881712595161
3970Marriages30218312226741062604104507248642026218122
1386Deaths1735825637405975123244306194622618111
1253Burials11428524834385874122238288190471542
 
Books and other documents
Published Title, author and references
1444 to 1458Court Rolls of the Manor of Rotherfield - 1444 to 1458 ⇒ p. i
1557 to 1560Court Rolls of the Manor of Rotherfield - 1557 to 1560 ⇒ p. 1
1766The History of Tunbridge Wells by Thomas Benge Burr ⇒ p. 258
1830Guide of Tunbridge Wells ⇒ p. 90
1835The History, Antiquities and Topography of the County of Sussex by Thomas Walker Horsfield, F.S.A.p. 397
1840New Guide for Tunbridge Wells by John Colbran and edited by James Phippen ⇒ p. 167
1849Historical and Architectural Notices of the Iron Works of the County of Sussex by Mark Antony Lowerp. 215
1851The Post Office Directory of Sussex by E. R. Kelly, M.A., F.S.S. ⇒ entry
1867The Post Office Directory of Sussex by E. R. Kelly, M.A., F.S.S. ⇒ entry
1870A Compendious History of Sussex - Volume II. by Mark Antony Lower, M.A.p. 125
1874The Post Office Directory of Sussex by E. R. Kelly, M.A., F.S.S. ⇒ entry
1882Kelly's Directory of Sussex by E. R. Kelly, M.A., F.S.S. ⇒ entry
1883Pelton's Illustrated Guide to Tunbridge Wells by J. Radford Thomson, M.A. ⇒ p. 182
1886Local Blue Book and Directory of East Sussex ⇒ p. 248
1904Highways and Byways in Sussex by E.V. Lucas ⇒ p. 302
1927The Sussex Highlands ⇒ p. 41
1928Rotherfield - The Story of some Wealden Manors by Catharine PulleinBook p. i

People of note
Hallett, William
(1793 - 1862)
Mayor of Brighton and J.P. for Sussex
Harman, Ellen Mary
(1893-1994)
Teacher, post mistress and author
Livesey, Sir Harry, K.B.E., G.B.E.
(1860 - 1932)
Civil engineer
Pullein, Catharine
(1854 - )
Historian
    

Picturesmore pictures 

From the hill above the Rectory House - 1785

The Manor of Hall - 1785

Rotherfield Church from the Turnpike Gate at Mark Cross - 1785

Rotherfield Church - 1809

View of St Denys Church - 1850

Tudor House - c 1850

The Manor House - 1882
 

St Denys Church - 1890

Rotherfield Hall - c 1900

The Rother - 1904

The Rectory - 1904

The Village - 1905

Rotherfield Village - 1905

Rotherfield from Cottage Hill - 1905
 

Rotherfield Maps

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c 1724

c 1795

c 1825

c 1875

c 1899
 

Sussex Maps

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1st Sept 1787
 

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Places and properties in Rotherfield - a directory of homes, farms, churches, schools, inns, and other places of interest that existed prior to 1900 has been compiled from Post Office directories, Kelly's directories, Trade directories, Census data, Ordnance survey maps and books of the period
Churches, Inns,
Schools, Shops
and other places of interest
Argos Hill Windmill, Argos Hill
Bricklayers Arms, Cottage Hill
Bull Inn
Court House, Mark Cross
Frankham School, Mark Cross Road
George Inn, Church Road
Kings Arms, High Street
Lower Chapel, Rotherfield Village
Mark Cross Inn, Mark Cross
Mark Cross National School, Mark Cross
National School
New Road, Rotherfield Village
Police Station, South Street
Railway Inn [als Belle Meads], Catts Corner
Railway Station, Town Row
Roman Catholic Chapel, Mark Cross
Salters Green, Argos Hill
South Street Post Office, South Street
St. Denys Church, Rotherfield Village
St. Denys Church Rectory, Church Road
St. Mark's Church, Mark Cross
The Catts Inn, High Street
The Chequers [als Bricklayers Arms], Argos Hill
The Rectory [als Dowland Manor], Mayfield Road
The Three Guns Public House
The Vicarage, Mark Cross
The Workhouse
Upper Chapel, Rotherfield Village
Wesleyan Chapel, Town Row
Wesleyan Meeting House, Mark Cross
 
Roads and Streets
Bletchinglye Lane
Castle Hill
Catts Corner
Church Road
Cottage Hill
East Street
High Cross
High Street
Mark Cross
Mayfield Road
North Street
Northburgh
Peckham (als Packham) Hill
Rotherfield Village
Rotherhurst Lane
Saxonbury Hill
Sheriffs Lane
South Street
Station Road, Station Road
Suthburgh
Town Row
Town Row Green
 
Homes and Farms
A-L
Argos Prospect, Mayfield Road
Argoshill Lodge, Argos Hill
Ashleigh, Mark Cross
Baldocks Cottages, Town Row
Beulah, Town Row
Biddenden Farm, Peckham (als Packham) Hill
Blatchinglye Orphanage, Mark Cross
Bletchinglye
Bloomfield Villa, Town Row
Briccon Villa [als Brecon Terrace], Church Road
Brick & Tile Works, Mark Cross
Brick Kiln Farm, Bletchinglye Lane
Brickyard Cottages, Mark Cross
Bridgers Farm, Town Row Green
Browngate Farm, Jarvis Brook
Builth House, Church Road
Burwood [als Dail House], Argos Hill
Castle Hill Farm, Castle Hill
Castle Hill House, Castle Hill
Castle Wood, Castle Hill
Cats Grove Cottage
Chapel Cottages, Church Road
Church Cottages, Church Road
Clonskea, Mayfield Road
Coes [als Great Ease] Farm
Cottage Bank, Cottage Hill
Cottage Farm, Cottage Hill
Court Farm [als Mead], South Street
Dadswell [als Catts] Farm, Catts Corner
Dampers Cottages, Town Row
Dapp Farm, Mark Cross
Dewhurst Cottages, High Street
Draper and Grocer, Town Row
Forest Farm, Rotherfield Village
Forest Farm, Mark Cross
Frenches Farm, Mark Cross
Garden House, Church Road
Gate House, Church Road
Gate House, Mark Cross
Gravel Hill, Rotherhurst Lane
Great Dewlands [als Tourtland, Torteland] Farm
Green Hill, Argos Hill
Greenhedges, Mark Cross
Grub Reed [als Drapers Land], High Cross
Heart House, Town Row
Heathfield Hall, Town Row Green
High Gate Farm
Hoadleigh Cottage, High Cross
Hollygrove
Holme Park [als Rugham] Farm, High Cross
Hope Villa, Church Road
Horse Grove [als Townend Farm], Mayfield Road
Johnstons Cottage, Church Road
Kingsclere, High Street
Lews Farm, Sheriffs Lane
Limley [als Limla]
Little Dewlands [als Harris] Farm
Little Ease Farm
Lodge Farm, Mark Cross
Loose, High Cross
 
Homes and Farms
M-Z
Malthouse [als Chant Lane] Farm, Town Row
Mark Cross Post Office, Mark Cross
Mark Cross Windmill, Mark Cross
Marlborough Head [als Wren] Farm, Mark Cross
Middle House, Mark Cross
Milk Lodge
Mount Pleasant, Town Row
Myrtle Cottages, South Street
Nap Cottage, Saxonbury Hill
Neves, Town Row
Newhouse [als Salters Green] Farm, Argos Hill
Oak Cottage, Mark Cross
Peeps, Mayfield Road
Police Station, Mark Cross
Poplar Cottage
Primrose Villa, South Street
Providence Villa, South Street
Railway Cottages
Reculvers Cottage, South Street
Rehoboth Villa,
Rose Cottage, Mark Cross
Rother House [als Rotherhurst] Farm, Mayfield Road
Rotherfield Hall [als The Hall], Treblers Road
Salters [als Fauklies], Peckham (als Packham) Hill
Saxonbury Hill Cottages, Saxonbury Hill
Seymour Cottage, Mark Cross
Sheriffs Farm, Sheriffs Lane
South Villa, South Street
Spout [als The Spout] Farm, Town Row
Spout Cottage, Mark Cross
Spratts Brook, Town Row Green
Spring Cottage, High Cross
St. Denys Lodge
Stile House, Mark Cross
Stockwell, Town Row Green
Stone Farm
Stone Mill
Stonehouse, Town Row Green
Sussex Lodge, Mark Cross
Tanyard [als Mark House] Farm, Mark Cross
The Hole [als Greenhouse Farm, Green House Farm], Town Row Green
The Hollies, South Street
The Manor House, High Street
The Tenter [als Tainter] Meads, South Street
Tousers [als Towers] Lodge, Mark Cross
Town Row Post Office, Town Row
Tudor House, Church Road
Unity Cottages, Mayfield Road
Vine Cottages, South Street
Warren House, Church Road
Weleirs Farm, Town Row Green
Woodleigh [als Argos Hill Farm], Argos Hill
Woodside Cottages, Town Row Green
Yew Tree [als Homestall] Farm
Yew Tree Cottage, Mark Cross
Yew Tree Cottages, Church Road
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