Battle – 1066 Battle of Hastings
Blackboys – Charcoal and soot – The Blackboys Inn was founded in the 1300’s and was known as a coaching establishment – possibly a resting place for drivers transporting charcoal from the local woods to Lewes and the surrounding area.
White Horse on the roof of the Inn
Famous for Mad Jack Fuller.
Frank Bruno, the boxer, was resident in the village when he was a child.
The home of Rudyard Kipling
The first iron cannon manufactured in England was cast in Buxted in 1543.
Jack Cade and the Kentish rebellion
Cross in Hand
The English Place Name Society gives the earliest reference to the village as Cruce Manus, the Latin for Cross in Hand in 1547. The name is believed to be based on the legend that the Crusaders assembled here before sailing for the Holy Land from Rye to fight Saladin.
Home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes stories
Custers Last Stand
The oldest brass weather vane in the country to be found on the Church spire. In 1990 it was the inspiration for the design of a special postmark organised by the village to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Postage Stamp.
Home of the founder of British TV, Sir Arthur Logie Baird
19th Century Natural Gas first used for light and power.
The largest and most famous bonfire night celebrations in the country which controversially involve burning an effigy of the Pope.
Famous for the legend of St Dunstan. The saint, formerly a blacksmith was working at his forge when the Devil (with a view to leading him astray), paid him a visit disguised as a beautiful woman however, St Dunstan spotted the cloven hooves beneath the dress, and grabbed the devil’s nose with his red hot pincers thus foiling Satan’s evil intentions.
The Darwell Reservoir is found nearby via a tiny country lane, and is a haven for fishermen, and wild fowl.
Netherfield is derived from the Anglo Saxon Naeddre Feld (The field of adders). The Domesday book of 1086 records it as Nedrefelle, then through Nadrefeld and Nedderfelde to the modern Netherfield. The residents of Netherfield still report sightings of adders to this day in the many woods around the village.
The Windmill on the Hill
Home of modern cricket
Open village and nuclear bunker
Stonegate – Ancient Roman Cross Road
One linking Pevensey with the inland hills, and the other linking Bardown (an old Roman iron works to the north of Stonegate village), with the sea.
Uckfield – Edwardian sensation
Traction engine destroys bridge. Fred Bennett of Blackboys was at the wheel of an East Sussex County Council traction engine travelling through Uckfield in the summer of 1903. As it crossed the river Uck the entire bridge collapsed and the nine ton engine plunged into the water below. It fell straight down, maintaining an almost vertical position. Had it turned over and fallen sideways Bennett would have most certainly lost his life but, apart from shock, remained unscathed.
On December 8th, 1863, the last great bare-fisted prize fight in England took place in Wadhurst between an Englishman and a giant American. The gruelling fight lasted 36 rounds, with the Englishman eventually winning. There was a public outcry over the brutality of the fight, and calls for reform. Consequently public prize-fighting was made illegal.
Waldron – Fullers Earth
The churchyard contains many memorials to the Fuller Family the iron masters from Brightling and it is said that one of the Vicars of the parish referred whimsically to the churchyard as “Fullers Earth”.
The heart of the Sussex Iron industry from 1540 – late 1700’s, with Cralle furnace creating cannons and other implements.