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
WifeSally Crittle [Saunders]
SonRichard Crittle
SonGeorge Crittle, bricklayer
DaughterElizabeth Crittle
DaughterEllen Mepham [Crittle]

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farm labourerJesse Izzard, farm labourerPilmer Cottage1851 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
WifeMaria Izzard [Parker]
Son; occupation: farm labourerJesse Izzard
Son; occupation: farm labourerJames Izzard, stone drawer
Son; occupation: farm labourerJasper Izzard, farm labourer
DaughterHelen Tompsett [Izzard]
Son; occupation: farm labourerJohn Izzard
Son; 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
Sally Crittle, F, Wife, married, age 36, born Rotherfield, SussexSally Crittle [Saunders]
Richd Crittle, M, Son, single, age 16, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: mason's labourerRichard Crittle
George Crittle, M, Son, single, age 14, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: mason's labourerGeorge Crittle, bricklayer
Elizabeth Crittle, F, Daughter, age 12, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarElizabeth Crittle
Ellen Crittle, F, Daughter, age 10, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarEllen Mepham [Crittle]
Sally Crittle, F, Daughter, age 8, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarSally Crittle
Daniel Jacob Crittle, M, Son, age 3, born Rotherfield, SussexDaniel Jacob Crittle
Minna 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
Sally Crittell, F, Wife, married, age 44, born Rotherfield, SussexSally Crittle [Saunders]
George Crittell, M, Son, single, age 24, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: builder journeymanGeorge Crittle, bricklayer
Daniel Jacob Crittell, M, Son, age 13, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarDaniel Jacob Crittle
Minni Leah Crittell, F, Daughter, age 10, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarMinnie Lea Crittal
Lucy Crittell, F, Daughter, age 6, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarLucy Crittal
Alice Ann Crittell, F, Daughter, age 5, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarAlice Ann Crittell
Kate Crittell, F, Daughter, age 3, born Rotherfield, SussexKate Crittal
David 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
Sally Crittle, F, Wife, married, age 54, born HeathfieldSally Crittle [Saunders]
David J. Crittle, M, Son, age 12, born Rotherfield; occupation ScholarDavid John Crittal
Phillis 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
Sally Crittell, F, Wife, married, age 64, born Rotherfield, SussexSally Crittle [Saunders]
John Crittell, M, Son, single, age 21, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation BricklayerDavid John Crittal
Johney 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
Rhoda Maynard, F, Wife, married 14 years, age 40, born Rotherfield, SussexRhoda Maynard
Arthur Maynard, M, Son, age 15, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: schoolArthur Maynard
Gladys Maynard, F, Daughter, age 7, born Rotherfield, SussexGladys Maynard
Luther Maynard, M, Son, age 12, born Rotherfield, SussexLuther Maynard
Sarah Goldsmith, F, Mother-in-law, widowed, age 80, born Crowborough, SussexSarah Goldsmith

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