The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
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6th Jun 1841CensusJames Maynard, M, Head, age 45 to 49, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourerJames Maynard, farm labourerStone Cross1841 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
6th Jun 1841CensusFrances Maynard, F, [Wife], age 42, born SussexFrances Maynard
6th Jun 1841CensusJames Maynard, M, [Son], age 13, born SussexJames Maynard

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation FarmerHenry TurnerStone Cross1851 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
30th Mar 1851CensusWifePhiladelphia Turner [Luxford]
30th Mar 1851CensusSonHenry Turner
30th Mar 1851CensusSon; occupation: scholarCharles Luxford
30th Mar 1851CensusSonWilliam Turner
30th Mar 1851CensusSonGeorge Turner
30th Mar 1851CensusServant; occupation: scholarCharles Lucksford

7th Apr 1861CensusHenry Turner, M, Head, married, age 39, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farmer of 13 acresHenry Turner, farmerStone Cross1861 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
7th Apr 1861CensusPhilly Turner, F, Wife, married, age 36, born Rotherfield, SussexPhilly Turner
7th Apr 1861CensusWilliam Turner, M, Son, single, age 13, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerWilliam Turner
7th Apr 1861CensusGeorge Turner, M, Son, age 11, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarGeorge Turner
7th Apr 1861CensusJames Turner, M, Son, age 7, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarJames Turner
7th Apr 1861CensusThomas Turner, M, Son, age 5, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarThomas Turner
7th Apr 1861CensusRichard Turner, M, Son, age 3m, born Rotherfield, SussexRichard Turner

2nd Apr 1871CensusHenry Turner, M, Head, widowed, age 48, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farmer of 12 acres of landHenry Turner, farmerStone Cross1871 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
2nd Apr 1871CensusJames Turner, M, Son, single, age 16, born Rotherfield, SussexJames Turner
2nd Apr 1871CensusThomas Turner, M, Son, single, age 14, born Rotherfield, SussexThomas Turner
2nd Apr 1871CensusRichard Turner, M, Son, age 10, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarRichard Turner
2nd Apr 1871CensusAmos Turner, M, Son, age 7, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarAmos Turner
2nd Apr 1871CensusSophia Cripps, F, Servant, single, age 60, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: housekeeperSophia Cripps

3rd Apr 1881CensusHenry Turner, M, Head, single, age 55, born Rotherfield; occupation FarmerHenry TurnerStone Cross1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusSelena Knight, F, Housekeeper, single, age 55, born Rotherfield; occupation: housekeeperSelena Knight

1890Historyvery old farmhouseFirmin's Guide

The road over the Beacon and across the Common was little more than a bye-road, with scarcely enough traffic over it to keep the grass from growing upon it.

At Hurtis Hill there was an old farmhouse, and also one where the house now called Alice Bright stands. This was formerly known as Izzard's Farm, being the property of James Izzard, who was considered a well-to-do farmer, and was of some importance and notoriety, as he gave away annually on every S. Thomas's day forty sixpences to the poor.

There is a very old farmhouse at Stone Cross. It is perhaps the oldest of all immediately around Crowborough which have not been altogether renewed. The plan of the interior bespeaks its age. The chimney-place in the living-room extends the entire width of the room - the oven door is at one end of it, but the oven itself is built outside on to the wall of the house, and projects beyond it the whole length of the oven.

The ceilings are low, hardly six feet from the floor. The walls - those of them, at least, which have not been repaired - are made of blocks of sandstone. The rafters are visible, and the old beams run across the ceiling. The ceiling of the stairs is so low that you must bend as you go up them. The windows are narrow, and have small diamond-shaped panes of glass.

Outside it is like a venerable sturdy body, with a thatch which might be compared to a hoary head. Like a veteran, it waits calmly for the end; yet it battles with time and clings to life. Reluctantly it parts bit by bit with its crumbling materials. The walls which remain of the old building are timbered, having square frames of oak filled in with plaster, and below are built with sandstone to the depth of three feet. A small garden surrounds it, which is sheltered by trees. A little gate leads into a corner of the meadow outside it. Across this a paved footway extends to the larger gate opening into the. public road.

All its inmates are gone. It is deserted and left to decay, as an old nest is forsaken by birds. The dreary echo of your own footsteps is the only sound you hear in that old abode, which once resounded with happy, merry voices.

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