The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Harvest Moon [a.k.a. Great Heart / Bloomfield Villa / Railway Inn]  Yew Tree Lane  Town Row  Rotherfield  
The Harvest Moon's history can be traced back to the 1839 Tithe map where it is recorded as a House and Garden owned by George Bennett and occupied by George Histed and Henry Callow. On the 1841 census George Histed is a blacksmith and Henry Callow is a farm labourer and the property is listed as Great Heart. Thirty years later in the 1871 (and 1881) census the property is split into Bloomfield villa and the Great Heart Beer House. After the opening of the Rotherfield railway station in 1880 the property was rebuilt to become the Railway Inn and is listed in the 1891 and subsequent census. When the railway line was closed on 14 June 1965 the Inn was renamed the Harvest Moon. Today, the Harvest Moon is a residential property.

Historical records

26th Feb 1839Town Row, Rotherfield - 1839George Histed and Henry Callow (occupiers) and George Bennett (owner)George Histed, blacksmithHouse and Garden (0 acres 0 roods 21 perches) plot 1593Rotherfield Tithe Map
Henry Callow, farm labourer

6th Jun 1841CensusHenry Callow, M, Head, age 25, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourerHenry Callow, farm labourerGreat Heart1841 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Sarah Callow, F, [Wife], age 24, born SussexSarah Ann Callow [Norman]
Lois Callow, F, [Daughter], age 7, born SussexLois Callow
Elizabeth Callow, F, [Daughter], age 5, born SussexElizabeth Moon [Callow]
Sarah Callow, F, [Daughter], age 3, born SussexSarah Callow
Henry Callow, M, [Son], age 11 months, born SussexHenry Callow, brick and tile maker

6th Jun 1841CensusGeorge Isted, M, Head, age 50 to 54, born Sussex; occupation: blacksmithGeorge Histed, blacksmithGreat Heart1841 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Ann Isted, F, [Wife], age 40 to 44, born SussexAnn Histed
Elizabeth Turner, F, age 15 to 19, born Sussex; occupation: servantElizabeth Turner [Turner]

2nd Apr 1871CensusAnn Broad, F, Head, widowed, age 45, born Mayfield, Sussex; occupation: annuitantAnn Broad, annuitantBloomfield Villa1871 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
Philip H Broad, M, Son, single, age 24, born Brighton, Sussex; occupation: solicitor's general clerkPhilip H. Broad
Anna Broad, F, Daughter, single, age 22, born Brighton, SussexAnna Broad

2nd Apr 1871CensusGeorge Balcombe, M, Head, married, age 33, born Mayfield, Sussex; occupation: beerhouse keeperGeorge Balcombe, beerhouse keeperGreat Heart Beer House1871 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
Maria Balcombe, F, Wife, married, age 31, born Mayfield, SussexMaria Balcombe
Anna M Balcombe, F, Daughter, age 10, born Heathfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarAnna M. Balcombe
Henry Balcombe, M, Son, age 6, born Hastings St Marys Castle, Sussex; occupation: scholarHenry Balcombe
Jane Balcombe, F, Daughter, age 3, born Rotherfield, SussexJane Balcombe
Elizabeth Balcombe, F, Daughter, age 5m, born Rotherfield, SussexElizabeth Balcombe

2nd Apr 1871CensusJohn Quilivan, M, Head, married, age 46, born Co. Clare, Kilmerray, Ireland; occupation: farm labourerJohn Quilivan, farm labourerGreat Heart Beer House1871 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
Eliza Quilivan, F, Wife, married, age 36, born Sundridge, KentEliza Quilivan
John Quilivan, M, Son, age 4d, born Rotherfield, SussexJohn Quilivan

c 1875Catts Corner, Town Row, Horse Grove & Cottage Hill, Rotherfield - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyBloomfield Villa

3rd Apr 1881CensusHenry Hoadley, M, Head, married, age 24, born TicehurstHenry Hoadley, farmerBloomfield Villa1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Ruth Hoadley, F, Wife, married, age 31, born HawkhurstRuth Hoadley [Rumens]
Edwin J. Hoadley, M, Son, age 2, born RotherfieldEdwin J. Hoadley
Ruth E. Hoadley, F, Daughter, age 1, born RotherfieldRuth E. Hoadley

3rd Apr 1881CensusEdgar Bassett, M, Head, married, age 32, born Rotherfield; occupation: beerhouse keeperEdgar Bassett, beerhouse keeperBeer House1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Amelia Bassett, F, Wife, married, age 29, born RotherfieldAmelia Bassett [Mills]
Walter Bassett, M, Son, age 5, born RotherfieldWalter Bassett
Charlotte Bassett, F, Daughter, age 3, born RotherfieldCharlotte Bassett
Ann Mills, F, Mother, widowed, age 68, born Uckfield; occupation: alms womanAnn Quinnell

5th Apr 1891CensusHope Heasman, F, Head, widowed, age 51, born Ardingly, SussexHope Heasman [Simmons] [Bellchambers]Town Row1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Alfred Heasman, M, Son, single, age 26, born Crowborough, Sussex; occupation: bricklayer's labourerAlfred Heasman
Alfred H Heasman, M, [Step]Son, single, age 18, born Shoreditch, London; occupation Farm LabourerAlfred Henry Simmons
Charlotte Heasman, F, Daughter, age 14, born Crowborough, SussexCharlotte Heasman
Albert Heasman, M, Son, age 8, born Frant, Sussex; occupation: scholarAlbert Heasman

5th Apr 1891CensusEllena Whittington, F, Head, married, age 31, born East Lavington, SussexEllena WhittingtonTown Row1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
John Whittington, M, Son, age 10, born Graffham, Sussex; occupation ScholarJohn Whittington
Charlotte Whittington, F, Daughter, age 8, born Heathfield, Sussex; occupation ScholarCharlotte Whittington
Edwin Whittington, M, Son, age 5, born Waldron, Sussex; occupation ScholarEdwin Whittington
Jane Whittington, F, Daughter, age 4, born Waldron, SussexJane Whittington
Harriet Whittington, F, Daughter, age 2, born Rotherfield, SussexHarriet Whittington
Daisy Whittington, F, Daughter, age 1, born Rotherfield, SussexDaisy Whittington
Dorcas Whittington, F, Daughter, age 3 months, born Rotherfield, SussexDorcas Whittington

5th Apr 1891CensusHenry Watts, M, Head, married, age 57, born Wadhurst, Sussex; occupation InnkeeperHenry WattsRailway Inn1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Ellen I Watts, F, Wife, married, age 58, born Bath, SomersetEllen I Watts
Robert Watts, M, Brother, single, age 45, born Wadhurst, Sussex; occupation BarmanRobert Watts
Emma ManKellow, F, Niece, single, age 21, born Tunbridge WellsEmma ManKellow
Charles Beer, M, Boarder, single, age 36, born Herne, Kent, occupation: general labourerCharles Beer
John Catlin, M, Boarder, single, age 26, born Chelsea, London; occupation: general labourerJohn Catlin
Kate Marden, F, Lodger, single, age 29, born Haslemere, Surrey; occupation: bar assistantKate Marden

c 1899Town Row, Rotherfield - c 1899Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1899 by Ordnance SurveyRailway Inn

2nd Apr 1911CensusReginald Wallis, M, Head, married, age 43, born Crowborough, Sussex; occupation: inn keeperReginald Wallis, innkeeperRailway Inn, Town Row, Rotherfield1911 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Fannie Wallis, F, Wife, married 15 years, age 44, born Woolwich, KentFanny Wallis [Gower]
Margory Wallis, F, Daughter, age 15, born Crowborough, SussexMargory Wallis
Joseph Wallis, M, Son, age 13, born Crowborough, Sussex; occupation: schoolJoseph Wallis
Reginald Wallis, M, Son, age 11, born Crowborough, Sussex; occupation: schoolSidney Reginald (John) Wallis
Hettie Wallis, F, Daughter, age 7, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: schoolEveline Hettie S. Mullett [Wallis]
Alfred Wallis, M, Son, age 2, born Rotherfield, SussexAlfred Henry (Penn) Wallis

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