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Lordswell Lane      Crowborough  
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Heath Cottage
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Historical records

1563Historythe lordes well [Lordswell]Pullein's Rotherfield
Elizabethan Survey taken from the Duchy of Lancaster Miscellaneous Books (vol. 112) in the Public Record Office, the year being 6 Elizabeth (1563 and 1564)
"The Borroughe of Allchorne lying in the parishes of Retherfelde, Buxsted and Selmyston.
Surveyors. Robert Tye, Constable, Richard Vynall, John Burgeis, John Alchorne
They say upon their othes
The Boundaries of the said Borroughe
Beginneth in Retherfelde from the litell Hammerponde of Litell Boxted [Little Forge]. And from thence leading upp the Streame unto a long Ghyll from thence to Shotts [Shooters Cross now Burnt Oak] from thence Downe by a bridge to the Wysshe. And so from thence leading upp by a gyll to Allfreys, Kechyn [Ketches] and so from thence to Crowboroug ende from thence unto the lordes well [Lordswell] from the same well to Coker well and from thence to Toffethornes from thence to Blackpitt from thence to Stobbewell. And from thence leading to Hoodedyke. And so from thence leading down by Hoodes Gyll unto a hedge from thence to Kerye lane. And so from the said lane leading by a hedge to Pygred [Pickreed] lane. And so from thence to foresaid Hammerponde.
Memodm. That in the said Borroughe is a common lying in Retherfelde. The tenants whereof pay yerely unto Sir Richard Sackvyle Knight who is lord of the same - jd."

c 1875South View & Lords Well, South of Crowborough - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyLordswell

3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas Jarvis, M, Head, single, age 30, born Rotherfield; occupation: carrierThomas Jarvis, carrierLordswell1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusBenjamin Parker, M, Serv, single, age 23, born Buxted; occupation: servantBenjamin J. Parker

3rd Apr 1881CensusHenery Brooks, M, Head, married, age 34; occupation: farm labourerHenry Brooks, farm labourerLordswell1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary Ann Brooks, F, Wife, married, age 34, born RotherfieldMary Ann (Polly) Brooks [Jarvis]
3rd Apr 1881CensusErnest H. Brooks, M, Son, age 11; occupation: scholarErnest Henry Brooks, house painter
3rd Apr 1881CensusAlfred Brooks, M, Son, age 10; occupation: scholarAlfred Brooks
3rd Apr 1881CensusRose Agnes Brooks, F, Daughter, age 7, born Rotherfield; occupation: scholarRose Agnes Brooks
3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge J. Brooks, M, Son, age 5, born Rotherfield; occupation: scholarGeorge Joshua Brooks
3rd Apr 1881CensusAnn M. Brooks, F, Daughter, age 4, born RotherfieldAnna M. Brooks
3rd Apr 1881CensusCharles J. Brooks, M, Son, age 1, born RotherfieldCharles James Brooks

3rd Apr 1881CensusDavid Gammon, M, Head, widowed, age 58, born Rotherfield; occupation: farm labourerDavid Gammon, farm labourerLordswell1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex

3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Whatford, M, Head, married, age 53, born Buxted; occupation Baptist MinisterJohn WhatfordLordswell1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary Ann Whatford, F, Wife, married, age 45, born OreMary Ann Whatford
3rd Apr 1881CensusSamuel Whatford, M, Son, single, age 21, born Hastings; occupation Bricklayer JourneymanSamuel Whatford
3rd Apr 1881CensusPeter Whatford, M, Son, single, age 19, born Hastings; occupation Bricklayer's labourerPeter Whatford
3rd Apr 1881CensusNathaniel Whatford, M, Son, age 13, born Rotherfield; occupation ScholarNathaniel Whatford
3rd Apr 1881CensusBenoni B. Whatford, M, Son, age 10, born Rotherfield; occupation ScholarBenoni B. Whatford
3rd Apr 1881CensusEbenezer Whatford, M, Son, age 8, born Rotherfield; occupation ScholarEbenezer Whatford
3rd Apr 1881CensusMercy C. Whatford, F, Daughter, age 6, born Rotherfield; occupation ScholarMercy C. Whatford

3rd Apr 1881CensusCharles Arnold, M, Head, married, age 67, born Surrey; occupation: tin manCharles Arnold, umbrella manufacturerLordswell1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusSusan Arnold, F, Wife, married, age 54, born LewesSusannah Arnold [Roder]
3rd Apr 1881CensusPatience Arnold, F, Daughter, single, age 24, born RotherfieldPatience Arnold
3rd Apr 1881CensusLeighton Arnold, M, Son, single, age 18, born Rotherfield; occupation: miller's apprenticeLeighton Arnold
3rd Apr 1881CensusSusan Dadswell, F, Grand Daughter, age 4, born UckfieldSusan Dadswell

3rd Apr 1881CensusMathew Arnold, M, Head, married, age 31, born Withyham; occupation: tin manMatthew ArnoldLordswell1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary Ann Arnold, M, Wife, married, age 26, born RotherfieldMary Ann Arnold
3rd Apr 1881CensusSolomon Arnold, M, Son, age 3, born RotherfieldSolomon Arnold
3rd Apr 1881CensusJulia Arnold, F, Daughter, age 1, born RotherfieldJulia Arnold
3rd Apr 1881CensusElizabeth Richardson, F, Boarder, widowed, age 54, born Mayfield; occupation Needle WomanElizabeth Richardson

3rd Apr 1881CensusHenery Taylor, M, Head, married, age 46, born Buxted; occupation Farm LabourerHenry Edmund TaylorLordswell1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusFrances Taylor, F, Wife, married, age 43, born RotherfieldFrances Taylor [Pilbeam]
3rd Apr 1881CensusAlfred H. Taylor, M, Son, age 13, born Rotherfield; occupation Farm LabourerAlfred Henry Taylor
3rd Apr 1881CensusFlora Jane Taylor, F, Daughter, age 12, born Rotherfield; occupation ScholarFlora Jane Taylor
3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Taylor, M, Son, age 9, born Rotherfield; occupation ScholarJohn Taylor
3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Taylor, M, Son, age 7, born Rotherfield; occupation ScholarGeorge Taylor

3rd Apr 1881CensusRobert Jarvis, M, Head, married, age 57, born Rotherfield; occupation: farmerRobert Reed Jarvis, farm labourerLordswell1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusElizabeth J. Jarvis, F, Wife, married, age 55, born RotherfieldElizabeth Jane Jarvis [Smith]
3rd Apr 1881CensusElizabeth Jarvis, F, Grand Daughter, age 9, born Rotherfield; occupation: scholarElizabeth Jarvis

3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam Taylor, M, Head, married, age 49, born Rotherfield; occupation Charcoal BurnerWilliam TaylorLordswell1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusEmily Taylor, F, Wife, married, age 37, born East GrinsteadEmily Taylor
3rd Apr 1881CensusBertha Taylor, F, Daughter, single, age 17, born RotherfieldBertha Taylor
3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam Taylor, M, Son, age 6, born Rotherfield; occupation ScholarWilliam Taylor

3rd Apr 1881CensusReuben Taylor, M, Head, married, age 44, born Rotherfield; occupation Charcoal BurnerReuben TaylorLordswell1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary Ann Taylor, F, Wife, married, age 41, born RotherfieldMary Ann Taylor [Parker]
3rd Apr 1881CensusCharles Taylor, M, Son, single, age 21, born Rotherfield; occupation Charcoal BurnerCharles Parker Taylor
3rd Apr 1881CensusArthur Taylor, M, Son, single, age 17, born Rotherfield; occupation Charcoal BurnerArthur Taylor
3rd Apr 1881CensusEden Taylor, F, Daughter, single, age 15, born RotherfieldEden Taylor
3rd Apr 1881CensusSarah Taylor, F, Daughter, age 12, born Rotherfield; occupation ScholarSarah Taylor
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary Ann Taylor, F, Daughter, age 10, born Rotherfield; occupation ScholarMary Ann Taylor
3rd Apr 1881CensusEdward Taylor, M, Son, age 8, born Rotherfield; occupation ScholarEdward Taylor
3rd Apr 1881CensusReuben Taylor, M, Son, age 1, born RotherfieldReuben Taylor

3rd Apr 1881CensusEliza Berwick, F, Head, widowed, age 56, born RotherfieldEliza Berwick [Latter]Lordswell1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
3rd Apr 1881CensusMercy Price, F, Visitor, single, age 17, born RotherfieldMercy Price
3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Down, M, Lodger, single, age 54, born Tonbridge; occupation: farm labourerJohn Down

1890HistoryLord's WellFirmin's Guide

We will turn to the left for a short distance over the Common, and then, leaving it behind, wend our way to South View. A little way on this road we come to a bye-road on the right; let us go down this road to visit the finest spring in Crowborough, known as Lord's Well. There is no authentic account of the reason of the application of this name, though imagination has been busy in attaching a legend to it, viz., that after a battle between Britons and Saxons at Slaughterham Ghyll, on the Common just below, the chiefs assembled at this spring to settle the terms of an armistice. The name Slaughterham Ghyll may have suggested such a possibility. It appears to me to be more probable that it should derive its name from the lord of the manor.

Retracing our steps, we pass some cottages and a chapel, and get into the main road again, near the grocery stores of Mr. Deeprose, in the wall of which shop is a postal box. On the right and left, as we proceed, are several houses and cottages until we reach Trunches Corner, where four roads meet. The one on the left leads to the Cross; on the right is the way to White Hill, and the one in front of us, called Myrtle Road, leads to the village green, or, as it is generally called, Chapel Green. Here is situated the parish church, All Saints, and the vicarage. This church has no traditional history beyond that of the original building having been erected by Sir H. Fermor, Bart, The old chapel was too small for the accommodation of the increased number of parishioners; it had also by decay become unfit for use as a place of public worship. After it had been separated from the Charity and handed over to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, it was pulled down, and the present building erected by subscription in 1882. Unfortunately, from a sentimental desire to preserve the old tower, the opportunity was lost of erecting an imposing architectural building. The space not allowing room for a structure of fine proportions without the removal of the tower, we have now a church nearly as broad as it is long, with no decoration to compensate for the want of elegant symmetry. This will not, however, disturb the manes of Sir H. Fermor.

There is a charm in the situation of the church, and the distant views seen from it must call forth the admiration of anyone having the slightest appreciation of beauty in nature.

Going up Church Road, in the direction of the Beacon, we take the first turning to the right, and so wend our way back to the Cross.


5th Apr 1891CensusHenery J Neve, M, Head, married, age 39, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation General LabourerHenery NeveLords Well1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
5th Apr 1891CensusMary Ann Neve, F, Wife, married, age 34, born Fletching, SussexMary Ann Neve
5th Apr 1891CensusHenry T Neve, M, Son, single, age 13, born Rotherfield, SussexHenery J. Neve
5th Apr 1891CensusLouisa K Neve, F, Daughter, age 10, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation ScholarLouisa K Neve
5th Apr 1891CensusAlice E Neve, F, Daughter, age 7, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation ScholarAlice E Neve
5th Apr 1891CensusRose E Neve, F, Daughter, age 5, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation ScholarRose E Neve
5th Apr 1891CensusNellie S Neve, F, Daughter, age 3, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation ScholarNellie S Neve
5th Apr 1891CensusLizzie T Neve, F, Daughter, age 5 months, born Rotherfield, SussexLizzie T Neve

5th Apr 1891CensusJohn Bishop, M, Head, married, age 29, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: general labourerJohn Bishop, general labourerLords Well1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
5th Apr 1891CensusEden Bishop, F, Wife, married, age 25, born Rotherfield, SussexEden Bishop
5th Apr 1891CensusAlbert Bishop, M, Son, age 4, born Rotherfield, SussexAlbert Bishop
5th Apr 1891CensusAlice Bishop, F, Daughter, age 2, born Rotherfield, SussexAlice Bishop
5th Apr 1891CensusAnnie Bishop, F, Daughter, age 7 months, born Rotherfield, SussexAnnie Bishop
5th Apr 1891CensusGeorge Bishop, M, Brother, single, age 20, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: general labourerGeorge Bishop
5th Apr 1891CensusFanny Bishop, F, Sister, single, age 22, born Rotherfield, SussexFanny Drusilla Ann Bishop

5th Apr 1891CensusJesse Hemsley, M, Head, married, age 58, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerJesse Hemsley, farm labourerLords Well1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
5th Apr 1891CensusFrances Marie Hemsley, F, Wife, married, age 58, born Rotherfield, SussexMaria Frances Helmsley [Fermor]
5th Apr 1891CensusMercy Hemsley, F, Daughter, single, age 22, born Rotherfield, SussexMercy Hemsley
5th Apr 1891CensusPeter Warnett, M, Son-in-law, widowed, age 42, born Danehill, Sussex; occupation Farm LabourerPeter Warnett
5th Apr 1891CensusKate Phebe Warnett, F, Granddaughter, single, age 11, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarKate Phebe Hemsley
5th Apr 1891CensusHerbert G Warnett, M, Grandson, age 7, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation ScholarHerbert G Warnett
5th Apr 1891CensusErnest Tom Warnett, M, Grandson, age 5, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation ScholarErnest Tom Warnett
5th Apr 1891CensusCharlotte Warnett, F, Granddaughter, age 4, born Rotherfield, SussexCharlotte Warnett
5th Apr 1891CensusFrances May Warnett, F, Granddaughter, age 2, born Rotherfield, SussexFrances May Warnett

c 1899South View & Lords Well, South of Crowborough - c 1899Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1899 by Ordnance SurveyLordswell

1910Lords Well LaneLords Well Lane, Crowborough photographed by A.H. Homewood, Burgess HillPrivate collection

2nd Apr 1911CensusWilliam James Pilbeam, M, Head, married, age 51, born Crowborough, Sussex; occupation: market gardenerWilliam James PilbeamLords Well Lane, South View1911 Census
Crowborough, Sussex
2nd Apr 1911CensusMargaret Pilbeam, F, Wife, married 32 years, age 48, born Crowborough, SussexMargaret Pilbeam
2nd Apr 1911CensusArthur Pilbeam, M, Son, single, age 21, born Crowborough, Sussex; occupation: cab driver for fatherArthur Pilbeam
2nd Apr 1911CensusErnest George Pilbeam, M, Son, single, age 16, born Crowborough, Sussex; occupation: gardenerErnest George Pilbeam
2nd Apr 1911CensusNelson William Pilbeam, M, Son, age 14, born Crowborough, Sussex; occupation: noneNelson William Pilbeam
2nd Apr 1911CensusMay Pilbeam, F, Daughter, age 12, born Crowborough, Sussex; occupation: schoolMay Pilbeam
2nd Apr 1911CensusFrank Pilbeam, M, Son, age 9, born Crowborough, Sussex; occupation: schoolFrank Pilbeam
2nd Apr 1911CensusHarold Pilbeam, M, Son, age 8, born Crowborough, Sussex; occupation: schoolHarold Pilbeam
2nd Apr 1911CensusEdward Pilbeam, M, Son, age 6, born Crowborough, Sussex; occupation: schoolEdward Pilbeam

2nd Apr 1911CensusFlora Jane Taylor, F, Head, single, age 41, born Rotherfield, SussexFlora Jane TaylorLords Well Lane, South View1911 Census
Crowborough, Sussex
2nd Apr 1911CensusPercy Henry Taylor, M, Son, single, age 20, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: gardenerPercy Henry Taylor
2nd Apr 1911CensusGeorge Taylor, M, Brother, single, age 36, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: general labourerGeorge Taylor
2nd Apr 1911CensusJames Gilbert, M, Boarder, widow, age 72, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: retired labourerJames Gilbert

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