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
Frances Maynard, F, [Wife], age 42, born SussexFrances Maynard
James Maynard, M, [Son], age 13, born SussexJames Maynard

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation: farmerHenry Turner, farmerStone Cross1851 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
WifePhiladelphia Turner [Luxford]
Son; occupation: scholarCharles Luxford
SonHenry Turner
SonWilliam Turner, gardener
SonGeorge Turner, gardener
Servant; 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
Philly Turner, F, Wife, married, age 36, born Rotherfield, SussexPhiladelphia Turner [Luxford]
William Turner, M, Son, single, age 13, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerWilliam Turner, gardener
George Turner, M, Son, age 11, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarGeorge Turner, gardener
James Turner, M, Son, age 7, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarJames Turner, farm labourer
Thomas Turner, M, Son, age 5, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarThomas Turner
Richard 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
James Turner, M, Son, single, age 16, born Rotherfield, SussexJames Turner, farm labourer
Thomas Turner, M, Son, single, age 14, born Rotherfield, SussexThomas Turner
Richard Turner, M, Son, age 10, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarRichard Turner
Amos Turner, M, Son, age 7, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarAmos Turner
Sophia Cripps, F, Servant, single, age 60, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: housekeeperSophia Cripps

3rd Apr 1881CensusHenry Turner, M, Head, widow, age 55, born Rotherfield; occupation: farmerHenry Turner, farmerStone Cross1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Selena 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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