The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Postern Cottage  Croft Road    Crowborough  

Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1933The Story of Crowbrough ⇒ p. 58
1985Crowborough - The Growth of a Wealden Town by Malcolm Payne ⇒ p. 71

Historical records

c 1875Crowborough Chapel Green, Sussex - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyPostern Cottage

3rd Apr 1881CensusJames Sands, M, Head, married, age 72, born Tonbridge; occupation: farmerJames Sands, farmerPostern Cottage1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusEliza Sands, F, Wife, married, age 67, born HertfordshireEliza Sands

1890HistoryPostern CottageFirmin'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 1891CensusJames Sands, M, Head, married, age 83, born Tonbridge, Kent; occupation: living on own meansJames Sands, farmerPostern Cottage, Roundabouts1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
5th Apr 1891CensusEliza Sands, F, Wife, married, age 76, born Hertford, HertfordshireEliza Sands

2nd Apr 1911CensusEliza Sands, F, Head, widow, age 97, born Weston, Herefordshire; occupation: private meansEliza Sands, private meansPostern Cottage, Croft Road1911 Census
Crowborough, Sussex
2nd Apr 1911CensusMargaret Hingston, F, Niece, single, age 34, born Stepney, London; occupation: private meansMargaret Hingston

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