The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
1881 Cranbrook Census
Reference RG 11/937: Cranbrook Enumeration District No 6; District: Cranbrook Union; Enumerator: William Lance
All the houses on the South side of Turnden Lane beginning at Glassenbury Corner, continuing onward from thence through the Town along the Golford Road as far as the Ecclesiastical boundary extends following the said boundary line to Chittenden Farm, also all the houses on the East side of Turnden Corner along the Glassenbury Lane as far as Hartly Gate Houses on the North side of Swattenden Lane continuing on the Road to Benenden as far as the limits of the Parish extends. Also all the houses included within the area but exclusive of the Town as stated in District No 2. This Division includes the Union House, The Fright, Tillsden, Handcock, Coursehorne, The Folly and Chittenden Farms.
Please note:
  • These census records have been transcribed from images of the original census sheets. Whilst all care has been taken, the result is an interpretation of the original which is available at Local Record Offices, from The National Archives, and from
  • Occupation has been unified (e.g. Ag Lab, Farm Lab, and many other such recordings are all displayed as Farm labourer).
  • The Sheet Number is as shown on the original document and is linked to a page showing all the entries on that Sheet (as well as entries from the following or previous sheet where the entry for the location covers more than one sheet).
  • In those instances where the Census entry is incorrect or missing and it has been possible from other sources to derive a correction, then these changes are shown inside square brackets, e.g. [Wife]

Census sheets
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Sheet    Place    Census entry

8Cottage No 3, ChittendenWilliam Clout, M, Head, married, age 56, born Benenden, Kent; occupation: labourer
    Betsy Clout, F, Wife, married, age 41, born Sandhurst, Kent

8Freight Cottage No 1Thomas Shoesmith, M, Head, married, age 57, born Benenden, Kent; occupation: farm labourer
    Caroline Shoesmith, F, Wife, married, age 57, born Cranbrook, Kent
    Wm.H. Farmer, M, Son-in-law, married, age 22, born Staplehurst, Kent; occupation: stone mason
    Annie Farmer, F, Daughter, age 18, born Cranbrook, Kent
    Alice Farmer, F, Granddaughter, age 10 m, born Cranbrook, Kent

8Freight Cottage No 2George James, M, Head, married, age 44, born Hawkhurst, Kent; occupation: labourer
    Harriet James, F, Wife, married, age 43, born Sandhurst, Kent
    Cecelia James, F, Daughter, single, age 12, born Hawkhurst, Kent; occupation: scholar
    Harry James, M, Son, age 10, born Cranbrook, Kent; occupation: scholar
    Ernest James, M, Son, age 7, born Cranbrook, Kent; occupation: scholar
    Rosa James, F, Daughter, age 5, born Cranbrook, Kent
    Lilian A. James, F, Daughter, age 3, born Cranbrook, Kent
    Alfred Manwaring, M, Stepson, single, age 16, born Cranbrook, Kent; occupation: errand boy

8Freight Cottage No 3William Standen, M, Head, married, age 37, born Cranbrook, Kent; occupation: farm labourer
    Margaret Standen, F, Wife, married, age 37, born Goudhurst, Kent
    Wm.Fred Standen, M, Son, single, age 16, born Cranbrook, Kent; occupation: cabinet maker
    Emily M. Standen, F, Daughter, age 10, born Cranbrook, Kent; occupation: scholar
    Rosa E. Standen, F, Daughter, age 8, born Cranbrook, Kent; occupation: scholar

8Freight Cottage No 4Sarah A. Dadswell, F, Head, widowed, age 54, born Fletching, Sussex
    Thomas Dadswell, M, Son, single, age 17, born Staplehurst, Kent; occupation: baker
    David Dadswell, M, Brother-in-law, single, age 50, born Goudhurst, Kent; occupation: drain pipe maker

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