The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Alice Bright Lane      Crowborough  
Places in Alice Bright Lane
Alderbrook [a.k.a. Elder Brook, Alice Bright] Farm
Alice Bright Cottages
Brooks Cottage
May Cottage
Poplar Cottages
Historical records

2nd Mar 1829BirthRobert Holmwood

26th Feb 1839Stone Cross & Walshes, South of Crowborough - 1839William Hoath (occupier) and Richard Fermor (owner)William Hoath, shoe maker journeymanHouse and Garden (0 acres 0 roods 14 perches) plot 2884Rotherfield Tithe Map

6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Hoath, M, Head, age 30 to 34, born Sussex; occupation: shoe makerWilliam Hoath, shoe maker journeymanCrowboro [Alice Bright Lane]1841 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Olive Hoath, F, [Wife], age 27, born SussexOlive Hoath [Bassett]
Samuel Hoath, M, [Son], age 5, born SussexSamuel Hoath, boot maker
Olive Hoath, F, [Daughter], age 3, born SussexOlive Goodhall [Hoath]
Emma Hoath, F, [Daughter], age 2, born SussexAmy (Emma) Adams [Hoath]
James Hoath, M, [Son], age 1, born SussexJames Hoath

7th Apr 1861CensusJoseph Lilley, M, Head, married, age 44, born Old Bolling Broke, Lincolnshire; occupation: farmer of 130 acres employing 2 men and 2 boysJoseph Lilley, farmerAlice Bright1861 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
Ann Lilley, F, Wife, married, age 41, born Sibsy, LincolnshireAnn Lilley
Louisa Lilley, F, Daughter, single, age 16, born Friston, LincolnshireLouisa Lilley
Mary A Lilley, F, Daughter, age 11, born Fulstow, LincolnshireMary A. Lilley
Robert G Lilley, M, Son, age 8, born Corringham, LincolnshireRobert G. Lilley
Hannah M Lilley, F, Daughter, age 6, born Stamford, LincolnshireHannah M. Lilley
Joseph Lilley, M, Son, age 1, born Rotherfield, SussexJoseph Lilley

2nd Apr 1871CensusThomas Dadswell, M, Head, married, age 70, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: thatcherThomas Dadswell, farm labourerAllice Bright1871 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
Mary Dadswell, F, Wife, married, age 60, born Buxted, SussexMary Dadswell [Pollard]
George Dadswell, M, Son, single, age 24, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: thatcher and hay trusserGeorge Dadswell, hay trusser and thatcher
Daniel Dadswell, M, Son, single, age 18, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: thatcher and hay trusserDaniel Dadswell, milkman

2nd Apr 1871CensusThomas Fermer, M, Head, married, age 45, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farmer of 11 acres employing 1 manThomas Fermor, farmerAllice Bright1871 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
Ann Fermer, F, Wife, married, age 35, born Radnor, WalesAnn Fermer
Thomas Watkins, M, Son, single, age 16, born Radnor, WalesThomas Watkins

c 1875Stone Cross & Walshes, South of Crowborough - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyAlice Bright

3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas Dadswell, M, Head, married, age 38, born Rotherfield; occupation: thatcherThomas Dadswell, thatcherAlice Bright Cottage1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Naomi Dadswell, F, Wife, married, age 39, born RotherfieldNaomi Dadswell [Brooman]
Kate Dadswell, F, Daughter, age 11, born Rotherfield; occupation: scholarKate Holmes [Dadswell]
Emma Dadswell, F, Daughter, age 9, born Rotherfield; occupation: scholarAmy Dadswell
Walter T. Dadswell, M, Son, age 7, born Rotherfield; occupation: scholarWalter Thomas Dadswell, carpenter
Owen Dadswell, M, Son, age 5, born RotherfieldOwen Dadswell
Lewis Dadswell, M, Son, age 4, born RotherfieldLewis Dadswell

1890HistoryAlice BrightFirmin'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.

2001TodayAlderbrook Farm

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