The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Pilmer House [a.k.a. Pilmer Cotttage & Common Wood Cottage] Cottage  Pilmer Road    Crowborough  
Historical records

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: stone masonRichard Crittal, stone masonPilmer Cottage1851 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusWifeSally Crittle [Saunders]
30th Mar 1851CensusSonRichard Crittle
30th Mar 1851CensusSonGeorge Crittle, bricklayer
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughterElizabeth Crittle
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughterEllen Mepham [Crittle]

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farm labourerJesse Izzard, farm labourerPilmer Cottage1851 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusWifeMaria Izzard [Parker]
30th Mar 1851CensusSon; occupation: farm labourerJesse Izzard
30th Mar 1851CensusSon; occupation: farm labourerJames Izzard, stone drawer
30th Mar 1851CensusSon; occupation: farm labourerJasper Izzard, farm labourer
30th Mar 1851CensusDaughterHelen Tompsett [Izzard]
30th Mar 1851CensusSon; occupation: farm labourerJohn Izzard
30th Mar 1851CensusSon; occupation: farm labourerJoel Izzard, farm labourer

7th Apr 1861CensusRichd Crittle, M, Head, married, age 38, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: stone masonRichard Crittal, stone masonPilmer Field1861 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
7th Apr 1861CensusSally Crittle, F, Wife, married, age 36, born Rotherfield, SussexSally Crittle [Saunders]
7th Apr 1861CensusRichd Crittle, M, Son, single, age 16, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: mason's labourerRichard Crittle
7th Apr 1861CensusGeorge Crittle, M, Son, single, age 14, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: mason's labourerGeorge Crittle, bricklayer
7th Apr 1861CensusElizabeth Crittle, F, Daughter, age 12, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarElizabeth Crittle
7th Apr 1861CensusEllen Crittle, F, Daughter, age 10, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarEllen Mepham [Crittle]
7th Apr 1861CensusSally Crittle, F, Daughter, age 8, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarSally Crittle
7th Apr 1861CensusDaniel Jacob Crittle, M, Son, age 3, born Rotherfield, SussexDaniel Jacob Crittle
7th Apr 1861CensusMinna Leah Crittle, F, Daughter, age 8m, born Rotherfield, SussexMinnie Lea Crittal

2nd Apr 1871CensusRichard Crittell, M, Head, married, age 45, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: master builder employing 2 menRichard Crittal, stone masonCrowborough1871 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
2nd Apr 1871CensusSally Crittell, F, Wife, married, age 44, born Rotherfield, SussexSally Crittle [Saunders]
2nd Apr 1871CensusGeorge Crittell, M, Son, single, age 24, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: builder journeymanGeorge Crittle, bricklayer
2nd Apr 1871CensusDaniel Jacob Crittell, M, Son, age 13, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarDaniel Jacob Crittle
2nd Apr 1871CensusMinni Leah Crittell, F, Daughter, age 10, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarMinnie Lea Crittal
2nd Apr 1871CensusLucy Crittell, F, Daughter, age 6, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarLucy Crittal
2nd Apr 1871CensusAlice Ann Crittell, F, Daughter, age 5, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarAlice Ann Crittell
2nd Apr 1871CensusKate Crittell, F, Daughter, age 3, born Rotherfield, SussexKate Crittal
2nd Apr 1871CensusDavid John Crittell, M, Son, age 1, born Rotherfield, SussexDavid John Crittal

c 1875Crowborough Cross, Sussex - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyCommon Wood

3rd Apr 1881CensusRichard Crittle, M, Head, married, age 55, born Rotherfield; occupation Brick maker's labourerRichard Crittal, stone masonCommon Wood1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusSally Crittle, F, Wife, married, age 54, born HeathfieldSally Crittle [Saunders]
3rd Apr 1881CensusDavid J. Crittle, M, Son, age 12, born Rotherfield; occupation ScholarDavid John Crittal
3rd Apr 1881CensusPhillis L. Crittle, F, Daughter, age 8, born Rotherfield; occupation ScholarPhiles Lois Crittal

1890HistoryPilmer 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 1891CensusRichard Crittell, M, Head, married, age 65, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation BuilderRichard Crittal, stone masonPilmer Road1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
5th Apr 1891CensusSally Crittell, F, Wife, married, age 64, born Rotherfield, SussexSally Crittle [Saunders]
5th Apr 1891CensusJohn Crittell, M, Son, single, age 21, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation BricklayerDavid John Crittal
5th Apr 1891CensusJohney Brooman, M, Grandson, age 14, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation General LabourerJohney Brooman

2nd Apr 1911CensusLuther Maynard, M, Head, married, age 42, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: general labourerLuther Maynard, general labourerPilmer Wood Cottage, Crowborough1911 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
2nd Apr 1911CensusRhoda Maynard, F, Wife, married 14 years, age 40, born Rotherfield, SussexRhoda Maynard
2nd Apr 1911CensusArthur Maynard, M, Son, age 15, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: schoolArthur Maynard
2nd Apr 1911CensusGladys Maynard, F, Daughter, age 7, born Rotherfield, SussexGladys Maynard
2nd Apr 1911CensusLuther Maynard, M, Son, age 12, born Rotherfield, SussexLuther Maynard
2nd Apr 1911CensusSarah Goldsmith, F, Mother-in-law, widowed, age 80, born Crowborough, SussexSarah Goldsmith

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