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In 1909 Sir Arther Conan Doyle, famous for the Sherlock Holmes novels, moved into Crowborough where he lived till the age of 71. He  built Windlesham Manor a large house in which he wrote more novels. Sir  Arthur died in 1930 and was buried in his garden, his wife had his  remains moved into the family vault in 1935.

Crowborough is a town on the Forest Ridge, and was formed into an  ecclesiastical parish on 19th September 1880 and into a civil parish on  1st April 1905 from  of Rotherfield. Crowborough also includes Crowborough Town (also known as Withyham St John's) - an ecclesiastical parish formed on December 1871 out of the parish of Withyham; Jarvis  Brook which became part of Crowborough on 1st April 1905 and was formed  into an ecclesiastical parish on 22nd March 1934; Boar's Head, Chapel  Green; Crowborough Warren; Hurtis Hill; Palesgate; Southview; Steel  Cross; Sweethaws and Whitehill. Crowborough is 42 miles south of London

The population of Crowborough in 1881 was 1,700; in 1891 was 2,068; in  1901 was 3,081; in 1911 was 5,148; in 1921 was 5,846; and in 1931 was  6,095.
The population of Withyham St Johns (also known as Crowborough Town) in 1891 was 716; in 1901 was 743; in 1911 was 952; in 1921 was  926; and in 1931 was 1,089. This parish of Withyham St Johns was  subsequently reallocated to Crowborough.

Crowborough is referred to in historical documents as Crohbergh,  Crowborough Croweborowghe, Crowbarrow and Crowboro. Croh is the Old  English Croh', meaning saffron and denoting an golden-yellow colour and 'bergh' means hill. The high Crowborough Beacon would have been visible for miles around for its yellow gorse flowers and so the origin of the  name Crowborough is probably 'a golden coloured hill'

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