The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Mead [a.k.a. Mill] House  Beacon Road    Crowborough  
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26th Feb 1839Crowborough Beacon Road, Sussex - 1839Reuben Ashby (occupier) and Sarah Ashby (owner)Reuben Ashby, miller and farmerHouse and Garden (0 acres 1 roods 5 perches) plot 2675Rotherfield Tithe Map

6th Jun 1841CensusReuben Ashby, M, Head, age 25 to 29, born Sussex; occupation: millerReuben Ashby, miller and farmerWindmill House1841 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Elizabeth Ashby, F, [Wife], age 25 to 29, born SussexElizabeth Ashby [Blackstone]
Martha Ashby, F, [Daughter], age 5, born SussexMartha Ashby
John Ashby, M, [Son], age 3, born SussexJohn Ashby
Mary Ann Ashby, F, [Daughter], age 1, born SussexMary Ann Ashby
Sarah Ashby, F, [Mother], age 70 to 74, born Sussex; occupation: independentSarah Ashby [Avery]
John Izzard, M, age 15 to 19, born Sussex; occupation: servantJohn Izzard, farm labourer

1874Directory entryLonghurst John, Mill houseMill housePost Office Directory

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

3rd Apr 1881CensusEdward Sims, M, Head, married, age 42, born Wales; occupation Photographic ArtistEdward SimsMill House, Crowborough Cross1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Eliza Ann Sims, F, Wife, married, age 33, born TonbridgeEliza Ann Sims
Constance M. Sims, F, Daughter, age 3, born RotherfieldConstance M. Sims
Eliza Gertrude Sims, F, Daughter, age 1, born RotherfieldEliza Gertrude Sims

3rd Apr 1881CensusElizabeth Kingsbury, F, Head, widowed, age 73; occupation: annuitantElizabeth KingsburyMill Cottage, Crowborough Cross1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Martha Kingsbury, F, Daughter, single, age 36Martha Kingsbury
Elizabeth Kingsbury, F, Daughter, single, age 32Elizabeth Kingsbury

1890HistoryMill 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 1891CensusHenery S Eyre, M, Head, widowed, age 47, born Buckland, Surrey; occupation: living on own meansHenery S Eyre, living on own meansMill Mead1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Henery S W Eyre, M, Son, single, age 17, born N.W., LondonHenery S W Eyre
Robert S K Eyre, M, Son, single, age 46, born Westport, Mayo, IrelandRobert S K Eyre
E Tadsell, F, Servant, single, age 35, born Malling Green, Essex; occupation MaidE Tadsell
M M Cucol, F, Servant, single, age 33, born London; occupation: housekeeperM M Cucol
E Maheak, F, Servant, single, age 30, born London; occupation: maidE Maheak

5th Apr 1891CensusJohn Paris, M, Head, married, age 38, born Framfield, Sussex; occupation: coachman and domestic servantJohn Parris, coachmanHill Side1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Eliza Emma Paris, F, Wife, married, age 41, born Clerkenwell, LondonEliza Emma Parris [Wallis]
Louisa Ada Paris, F, Daughter, single, age 12, born Framfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarLouisa Ada Parris
Ernest John Paris, M, Son, age 10, born Framfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarEarnest John Parris
Arthur H Paris, M, Son, age 7, born Framfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarArthur Harry Paris
Harry Paris, M, Son, age 5, born Framfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarHarry Paris
Ethel Paris, F, Daughter, age 2, born Framfield, SussexEthel Paris

5th Apr 1891CensusMark Wicks, M, Head, married, age 40, born Epsom, Surrey; occupation GardenerMark WicksMill Cottage1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Elizabeth A Wicks, F, Wife, married, age 48, born Chew Magna, Somerset; occupation LaundressElizabeth A Wicks
Charles H Wicks, M, Son, single, age 17, born Sydenham, London; occupation Gardener's BoyCharles H Wicks
Annie M Wicks, F, Daughter, single, age 15, born Sidcome, KentAnnie M Wicks

c 1899Crowborough Beacon Road, Sussex - c 1899Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1899 by Ordnance SurveyMead House

2nd Apr 1911CensusHenry John Marshall, M, Head, married, age 51, born Bloomsbury, London; occupation: solicitor non practisingHenry John Marshall, solicitor non practisingThe Mead House, Beacon Road1911 Census
Crowborough, Sussex
Pauline Marshall, F, Daughter, married 4 years, age 33, born Manchester, LancashirePauline Marshall
Kate Margaret Marshall, F, Daughter, age 4, born Kensington, LondonKate Margaret Marshall
Arthur Marshall, M, Son, age under 1 month, born Crowborough, SussexArthur Marshall
Rosa Amy Pratt, F, Servant, single, age 44, born Exeter, Devon; occupation: hospital nurseRosa Amy Pratt
Teresa Leech, F, Servant, single, age 33, born Spelsbury, Oxfordshire; occupation: parlourmaidTeresa Leech
Alice Sturdy, F, Servant, single, age 30, born Spelsbury, Oxfordshire; occupation: housemaidAlice Sturdy
Alice Barbara Breakspear, F, Servant, single, age 38, born Westminster, London; occupation: nurseAlice Barbara Breakspear
Elizabeth Adcock, F, Servant, single, age 29, born Worksop, Nottinghamshire; occupation: cookElizabeth Adcock
Alice Emily Stock, F, Servant, single, age 19, born Cosham, Hampshire; occupation: housemaidAlice Emily Stock
Elsie Ella Pointing, F, Servant, single, age 17, born Bracewell, Yorkshire; occupation: under nurseElsie Ella Pointing

2nd Apr 1911CensusAlbert Stock, M, Head, married, age 45, born Westerham, Kent; occupation: gardenerAlbert Stock, gardenerMead House Cottage, Beacon Road1911 Census
Crowborough, Sussex
Mary Stock, F, Wife, married 21 years, age 46, born Old Kent Road, LondonMary Stock
Winifred Rose Stock, F, Daughter, single, age 16, born Gosport, HampshireWinifred Rose Stock
William Henry Stock, M, Son, age 13, born Gosport, HampshireWilliam Henry Stock
Ernest Charles Stock, M, Son, age 11, born Gosport, HampshireErnest Charles Stock

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