The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Redbridge Farm  Redbridge Lane    Crowborough  

Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1933The Story of Crowbrough ⇒ p. 60

Historical records

11th Aug 1790InheritanceRedbridgePullein's Rotherfield
Extract from John Burges Will:
"My messuage farms lands tenements hereditaments and real estate I give and devise to my niece Jane Paige (late Bridger but now the wife of Edward Paige of Penshurst, Kent, butcher) for her natural life. My messuage barn and buildings in Rotherfield called Redbridge now in tenure of William Brown (save a certain parcel of wood land called Salter's Wood hereafter given to my nephew Robert Fry of Mayfield, gentleman) after the decease of my said niece Jane Paige I give to my nephew Robert Fry for ever in Trust as soon as conveniently may be after her decease to sell it by public or private sale and with the money arising therefrom pay over and divide among the children now begotten of said Jane and Edward Paige [Provision made for the death of any of such children] Also I give to the said Jane Paige one other messuage barn buildings etc called Highbroom in tenure of William Brown. And also that field of Plainland containing by estimation two and a half acres now laid to and used with Highbroom and heretofore bought by me, with a parcel of wood called Highbeech Wood alias Greenswood and after her decease to nephew Robert Fry in Trust for the said children ..."
Proved 1790.

26th Feb 1839Sweethaws, Adams, Redbridge & Perrymans, South of Crowborough - 1839Joseph Field (occupier) and Robert Burgess Fry (owner)Joseph Field, farmerGarden and Homestead, Buildings (0 acres 0 roods 34 perches) plot 4021Rotherfield Tithe Map

6th Jun 1841CensusJoseph Field, M, Head, age 45 to 49, born Sussex; occupation: farmerJoseph Field, farmerRed Bridge1841 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Charlotte Field, F, [Wife], age 22, born SussexCharlotte Field [Field] [Dadswell]
Meriah Field, F, [Daughter], age 4, born SussexMaria Field
Joseph Field, M, [Son], age 1, born SussexJoseph Field, farm labourer
William Field, M, [Son], age 3 weeks, born SussexWilliam Field
James Field, M, age 22, born Sussex; occupation: servantJames Field
Ann Maynard, F, age 14, born Sussex; occupation: servantAnn Maynard

30th Mar 1851CensusHead, occupation: farmerRobert Cane, farmerRedbridge Farm1851 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
WifeElizabeth Cane
Servant; occupation: farm labourerJohnathan Guy
Servant; occupation: farm labourerJesse Hoath, farm labourer

7th Apr 1861CensusElizabeth Cane, F, Head, widowed, age 52, born Heathfield, Sussex; occupation: farmer of 46 acres employing 1 manElizabeth Cane, farmerRed Bridge1861 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
Thomas Norman, M, Servant, single, age 45, born Framfield, Sussex; occupation: carterThomas Norman
Thomas Cole, M, Servant, single, age 14, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: carter's mateThomas Cole
James Gilbert, M, Servant, single, age 19, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm servantJames Gilbert
George Dadswell, M, Servant, single, age 14, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm servantGeorge Dadswell, hay trusser and thatcher

2nd Apr 1871CensusStephen Wickens, M, Head, married, age 46, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farmer of 44 acres employing 1 manStephen Wickens, farmerRedbridge1871 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
Mary Ann Wickens, F, Wife, married, age 42, born Brighton, SussexMary Ann Wickens [Foord]
George Wickens, M, Son, single, age 14, born Rotherfield, SussexGeorge Wickens
Emmely E Wickens, F, Daughter, age 12, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarEmily Elizabeth Wickens
Rhoda F Wickens, F, Daughter, age 8, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarRhoda Frances Wickens
Fanny D Wickens, F, Daughter, age 2, born Rotherfield, SussexFanny Delpha Wickens
Mary A E Wickens, F, Daughter, age 6m, born Rotherfield, SussexMary Anne Alice Wickens

c 1875Sweethaws, Adams, Redbridge & Perrymans, South of Crowborough - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyRedbridge

3rd Apr 1881CensusPeter Brown, M, Head, married, age 42, born Buxted; occupation: cowkeeperPeter BrownRedbridge1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Caroline Brown, F, Wife, married, age 46, born HeathfieldCaroline Brown
Alice Brown, F, Daughter, age 9, born Buxted; occupation: scholarAlice Rebecca Brown
Charles Lade, M, Lodger, single, age 20, born Frant; occupation: carterCharles Lade

1890HistoryRedbridgeFirmin's Guide

There were farm-houses at High Broom and at Redbridge, both claiming to be of very old date, but the present buildings have been either extensively repaired, so as to leave little of the old building remaining, or have been altogether rebuilt.

For many years the only place of worship at Crowborough was the chapel built by Sir H. Fermor, Bart. The Nonconformist chapels were built long after, the oldest being the one on the Lye Green Road, close to, but not in Crowborough parish, known as Forest Fold, which has been in existence between sixty and seventy years. Before the present building was erected, Worship was performed in a barn.

The shop first established in the parish was on Chapel Green, in the building opposite to Mr. Turk's present grocery store. Here might be had a little drapery and grocery, but the stock and variety were very limited.

The shops at the Cross were established long after, within the memory of persons now living.

Carriers brought from Lewes and London the little that was required for the small community.

A coach passed over the Beacon Hill in its journey from Brighton to London, via Tunbridge Wells. Another coach ran over the Duddleswell Road and Church Hill, past the Five Hundred Acres, from Brighton through Uckfield, Maresfield, and Tunbridge Wells to London.

The postal arrangements of the period would be intolerable to us now. The nearest post office was at Rotherfield, and letters were not delivered, but were retained at the office till applied for.

The postage, which was paid by the claimant, was never under 1s. 2d. Mr. Howis, who lived at the Warren, always sent for his letters to Forest Row, a distance of seven miles or more. Probably the postal service to that place was more frequent and regular than at Rotherfield.

There was but one turnpike at Crowborough, and that was placed a little beyond the Crow and Gate Inn. It was done away with about sixteen or seventeen years ago.

Few, if any, of the people of the place had learned to read or write, there being no opportunity of getting instruction until after the Fermor School was established in 1734, and then only a limited number of children could be received into the school. Neither were there any churches or chapels nearer than Rotherfield. A few of the farmers attended at Rotherfield Church, but none of the labouring population ever thought of entering a place of worship. Even after the Fermor Chapel was built very few persons attended it.


5th Apr 1891CensusCaroline Booker, F, Head, single, age 47, born Buxted, Sussex, occupation: farmerCaroline Booker, farmerRed Bridge1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Ephriam Booker, M, Son, single, age 21, born Buxted, Sussex, occupation: farm labourerEphriam Booker
Charles Booker, M, Uncle, widowed, age 57, born Buxted, Sussex, occupation: farm labourerCharles Booker

2nd Apr 1911CensusHerbert James Williams, M, Head, married, age 37, born Islington, London; occupation: farmerHerbert James Williams, farmerRedbridge Farm, Jarvis Brook1911 Census
Crowborough, Sussex
Annie Florence Williams, F, Wife, married 12 years, age 38, born Tunbridge WellsAnnie Florence Williams
James Ashdowne Williams, M, Son, single, age 4, born Crowborough, SussexJames Ashdowne Williams
Ernest William Dyson, M, Cousin, single, age 33, born Islington, London; occupation: farmer's cousin working on farmErnest William Dyson
Nellie Day, F, Servant, single, age 16, born Crowborough, SussexNellie Day
William Charles Ashdown, M, Visitor, married, age 36, born Tunbridge Wells; occupation: private meansWilliam Charles Ashdown
Albert Edward Stewart Ashdown, M, Nephew, single, age 18, born Tunbridge Wells; occupation: engineer's clerkAlbert Edward Stewart Ashdown
Leonard Rutley, M, Visitor, single, age 15, born Tunbridge Wells; occupation: tailorLeonard Rutley
Robert Marcus Carew, M, Lodger, single, age 54, born Glasgow; occupation: clergyman Church of EnglandRobert Marcus Carew

1928Borowe or Manor of Alchorne in 1560Borowe or Manor of Alchorne in 1560 by Mr Chapman and Catherine PulleinRedbridge FarmPullein's Rotherfield

2001TodayRedbridge Farm

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