The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Charles Leeson Prince, son of Charles Prince and Mary Ann Prince
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Charles Leeson Prince was born in Uckfield in 1821, son of a local doctor. He retired from his father's practice in Uckfield on his father's death in 1872 and moved to Crowborough, initially into the Grange at the summit of the Beacon. This house had a Victorian belvedere on the highest point of its roof and it was from here that Prince, as a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological and Astronomical Societies, made his observations on the climate of Crowborough Hill, as the Beacon was then known. He came to the conclusion that it was one of the healthiest spots in the country, and it was a 'conveniently accessible resort for invalids emerging either from London or any of our coast towns.' Publishing his first book on Crowborough at his own expense he lauded the climate and situation in this slim volume entitled, 'Observations upon the Topography and Climate of Crowborough Hill, Sussex.', quite a mouthful but when distributed free to as many medical men about the Country as Prince could get it to, it was a loudspeaker hailing and beckoning all and sundry to the benefits of the area.


See also Observations upon the Topography and Climate of Crowborough Hill, Observations upon the Climate of Uckfield and Crowborough - The Growth of a Wealden Town by Malcolm Payne published in 1985.
Date
Type
Information
Source
 
1822
Born
In the Parish of Uckfield, Sussex
1851 Census
Uckfield, Sussex
 
1851
At Uckfield; Prince, Chas. Leeson, jun.; occupation Surgeon
Post Office Directory
 
30th Mar 1851
Census
At High Street in the Parish of Uckfield, Sussex; Son; occupation General Practitioner and MRCS
1851 Census
Uckfield, Sussex
 
Apr to June 1865
Married
Jessie Brass; registered at Reigate District, Surrey; ref: 1865 Q2 Vol 2a Page 211
Register of marriages
 
1866
Birth of a daughter
Ada Charlotte in the Parish of Uckfield, Sussex
1871 Census
Uckfield, Sussex
 
1867
Directory entry
At High street; Prince Charles Leeson, esq., F.R.A.S., High street
Post Office Directory
 
There are two Observatories here, that of C. L. Prince, Esq., containing an equatorial 12 feet in length, having an object glass of 7 1/2 inches diameter, and where a regular series of meteorological observations have been kept since 1844: the other observatory of F. Brodie, Esq., containing an equatorial 11 1/2 feet in length, having an object glass of 8 1/2 inches diameter; a transit instrument, whose object glass is 3 inches diameter; and a peculiarly constructed clock, showing both sidereal and mean time on one dial, the first ever constructed in this manner.
 
1867
Directory entry
At High street; Prince Charles Leeson, F.R.A.S., surgeon, & registrar of births, deaths & marriages, High street
Post Office Directory
 
1868
Birth of a son
William Leeson in the Parish of Uckfield, Sussex
1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
 
1872
Birth of a daughter
Elizabeth E.
1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
 
1874
Directory entry
At High street; Prince Charles Leeson, F.R.A.S., surgeon, High street
Post Office Directory
 
1879
History
Brooker's Guide
 
The school library, which consisted of about six hundred volumes, principally the works of the old divines, and early editions of the classics, with a few black letter folios, was purchased by Mr. C. L. Prince in 1879.
 
3rd Apr 1881
Census
At Beacon Observatory in the Parish of Rotherfield, Sussex; Charles Lesson Prince, M, Head, married, age 59, born Uckfield; occupation Surgeon
1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
 
1882
Directory entry
At The Observatory; Prince Chas. Lesson F.R.A.S., The Observatory
Kelly's Directory
 
1882
Directory entry
At The Observatory; Prince Charles Leeson F.R.A.S., surgeon, The Observatory
Kelly's Directory
 
Apr 1899
Died
In the Parish of Uckfield, Sussex; aged 77 years
Uckfield Burial Registers
 
28th Apr 1899
Buried
At Holy Cross Church in the Parish of Uckfield, Sussex
Uckfield Burial Registers

Ancestor's report
Descendent's report
Prince, Princess, Princle, Princep, Prinsep, Pryncle individual records
The ancestral pedigree of Charles Leeson Prince
  
 Charles Princem: c 1820Mary Ann 
 b: 1785 Cambridgeshire
d: August 1858 Uckfield, Sussex
bur: 21st Aug 1858 Holy Cross Church, Uckfield, Sussex
  b: 1795 Lewes, Sussex
d: July 1876 Uckfield, Sussex, aged 81 years
bur: 4th Jul 1876 Holy Cross Church, Uckfield, Sussex
  
     
 Charles Leeson Mary Ann Sarah Louisa Harriett Grace 
 b: 1822 Uckfield, Sussex
d: April 1899 Uckfield, Sussex, aged 77 years
bur: 28th Apr 1899 Holy Cross Church, Uckfield, Sussex
 b: 1823 Uckfield, Sussex
d: January 1879 Uckfield, Sussex, aged 56 years
bur: 23rd Jan 1879 Holy Cross Church, Uckfield, Sussex
 b: 1825 Uckfield, Sussex b: 1827 Uckfield, Sussex
d: September 1885 Uckfield, Sussex, aged 58 years
bur: 19th Sep 1885 Holy Cross Church, Uckfield, Sussex
 
          
Parental record
  
  
   
 Charles Lesson Princem: Apr to June 1865
registered at Reigate District, Surrey ref: 1865 Q2 Vol 2a Page 211
Jessie Brass 
 b: 1822 Uckfield, Sussex
d: April 1899 Uckfield, Sussex, aged 77 years
bur: 28th Apr 1899 Holy Cross Church, Uckfield, Sussex
  b: 1835 Gloucestershire
  
    
 Ada Charlotte William Leeson Elizabeth E. 
 b: 1866 Uckfield, Sussex b: 1868 Uckfield, Sussex b: 1872 
Family record

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