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The Beacon House  Beacon Road    Crowborough  

Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1933The Story of Crowbrough ⇒ p. 28

Historical records
Joseph Bassett, farmer and beer seller

6th Jun 1841CensusJob Bassett, M, Head, age 25 to 29, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourerJob Bassett, farm labourer[The Beacon House] Beacon Hill1841 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Hannah Bassett, F, [Wife], age 30 to 34, born SussexHannah Bassett [Bailey]
Mary Ann Bassett, F, [Daughter], age 1, born SussexMary Ann Kimmer [Bassett]

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farm labourerJob Bassett, farm labourerCrowborough Town [The Beacon House]1851 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
WifeHannah Bassett [Bailey]
DaughterMary Ann Kimmer [Bassett]
DaughterFrances Homewood [Bassett]

7th Apr 1861CensusJob Bassett, M, Head, married, age 46, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerJob Bassett, farm labourerBeacon, Crowboro [The Beacon House]1861 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
Hannah Bassett, F, Wife, married, age 50, born Mayfield, SussexHannah Bassett [Bailey]
Mary Ann Bassett, F, Daughter, single, age 21, born Rotherfield, SussexMary Ann Kimmer [Bassett]
Frances Bassett, F, Daughter, single, age 17, born Rotherfield, SussexFrances Homewood [Bassett]

2nd Apr 1871CensusJob Bassett, M, Head, married, age 56, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerJob Bassett, farm labourerCrowborough1871 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
Hannah Bassett, F, Wife, married, age 60, born Mayfield, SussexHannah Bassett [Bailey]

2nd Apr 1871CensusCharles Kimmer, M, Head, married, age 34, born Pusey, Wiltshire; occupation: farm labourerCharles Kimmer, sawyerCrowborough1871 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
Mary Ann Kimmer, F, Wife, married, age 31, born Rotherfield, SussexMary Ann Kimmer [Bassett]
France Emma Kimmer, F, Daughter, age 3, born Rotherfield, SussexFrances Emma Miller [Kimmer]
Unnamed Kimmer, M, Son, age 1w, born Rotherfield, SussexGeorge James Kimmer

c 1875Crowborough Beacon Road, Sussex - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyThe Beacon

3rd Apr 1881CensusCharles Kimmer, M, Head, married, age 45, born Wiltshire; occupation: sawyerCharles Kimmer, sawyerBeacon Cottage1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Mary Ann Kimmer, F, Wife, married, age 41, born RotherfieldMary Ann Kimmer [Bassett]
Frances E. Kimmer, F, Daughter, age 13, born RotherfieldFrances Emma Miller [Kimmer]
George J. Kimmer, M, Son, age 10, born Rotherfield; occupation: scholarGeorge James Kimmer
Charles A. Kimmer, M, Son, age 6, born Rotherfield; occupation: scholarCharles Arthur Kimmer

1890HistoryBeacon HouseFirmin's Guide

On the Beacon Road, near what is now the entrance to the Warren, stood a small house called Beacon House, containing about six rooms. It belonged to Sir J. Shelley, Bart., and was occupied by a small farmer. There was also the old Mill House, near the mill, on the road to the Cross; and where Prospect House now stands formerly stood a farmhouse. Between this and the Cross was a small wood and a cottage. On the other side, standing back from the road, was a small inn, which has now developed into the larger building of the Red Cross Inn. There were two small shops at the Cross, the larger of the two occupying the site of the present Post Office; the other, on the opposite side, where now the London House stands, was a very small shop, at which were sold herrings, snuff, candles, tobacco, bread, and sweets. Upon these sweets the good dame who kept the shop invariably impressed her snuffy thumb, thus imparting to them a flavour alien to that with which those sugary temptations usually delight the palate. But this, though not thoroughly relished, was not sufficient to restrain the longing child from investing its mite in the purchase of the luscious confection.

A blacksmith's forge existed near the site of the present one, but without a cottage or house attached to it.

Between the present Post Office and Pilmer Lane was a small plantation of trees called a "shaw."

There were no buildings or cottages in this lane, but at the further end of it stood a cottage called Pilmer House, and here the Pilmer Wood commenced.

Going back to the Cross, on the spot where the villa called Fern Bank has been erected stood a small house or cottage, and from this up to the mill on the Beacon Road the ground was covered by a wood called Mill Wood.

The road leading from the Cross towards White Hill was and is still known as the Roundabout Road. The only building by the side of this road was a cottage, which stood on the site of the one now occupied by Mr. Sands, and called Postern Cottage.


5th Apr 1891CensusDavid Peerless, M, Head, married, age 65, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: pork butcherDavid Peerless, pork butcherThe Beacon1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Caroline Peerless, F, Wife, married, age 61, born Keymer, SussexCaroline Peerless [Harland]
Emma Peerless, F, Daughter, single, age 31, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: assists at homeEmma Peerless
Daisey Peerless, F, Daughter, single, age 23, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: assists at homeDaisey Peerless

5th Apr 1891CensusWilliam Boulter, M, Head, married, age 49, born Litchfield, Hampshire, occupation: general labourerWilliam Boulter, general labourerThe Beacon1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Martha F Boulter, F, Wife, married, age 51, born Maresfield, Sussex, occupation: dressmakerMartha F Boulter
George John Boulter, M, Son, single, age 21, born Brighton, SussexGeorge John Boulter

5th Apr 1891CensusJoseph Sales, M, Head, married, age 41, born Frant, Sussex; occupation: gardenerJoseph Sales, groom and gardenerThe Beacon House1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Jane Sales, F, Wife, married, age 42, born Rotherfield, SussexMary Jane Sales [Izzard] [Wickenden]
Laura Sales, F, Daughter, single, age 14, born Etchingham, SussexLaura Sales

5th Apr 1891CensusGeorge Beard, M, Head, married, age 44, born Rotherfield, Sussex, occupation: carpenterGeorge Beard, carpenterThe Beacon1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Eliza Beard, F, Wife, married, age 46, born Rotherfield, SussexEliza Beard
Thomas Beard, M, Son, single, age 23, born Rotherfield, Sussex, occupation: carpenterThomas Beard
Mary Ann Beard, F, Daughter, single, age 20, born Portsmouth, HampshireMary Ann Beard
Jone Beard, F, Daughter, single, age 15, born Rotherfield, SussexJone Beard
Eliza Beard, F, Daughter, single, age 13, born Rotherfield, SussexEliza Beard

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