Interesting Facts About Local Villages and Towns

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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.

Bodle Street

White Horse on the roof of the Inn

Brightling

Famous for Mad Jack Fuller.

Broad Oak

Frank Bruno, the boxer, was resident in the village when he was a child.

Burwash

The home of Rudyard Kipling

Buxted

The first iron cannon manufactured in England was cast in Buxted in 1543.

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Cade Street

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.

Crowborough

Home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes stories

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Dallington

Custers Last Stand

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Etchingham

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.

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Hastings

Home of the founder of British TV, Sir Arthur Logie Baird

Heathfield

19th Century Natural Gas first used for light and power.

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Lewes

The largest and most famous bonfire night celebrations in the country which controversially involve burning an effigy of the Pope.

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Mayfield

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.

Mountfield

The Darwell Reservoir is found nearby via a tiny country lane, and is a haven for fishermen, and wild fowl.

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Netherfield

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.

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Punnetts Town

The Windmill on the Hill

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Robertsbridge

Home of modern cricket

Rushlake Green

Open village and nuclear bunker

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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.

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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.

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Wadhurst

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”.

Warbleton

The heart of the Sussex Iron industry from 1540 – late 1700’s, with Cralle furnace creating cannons and other implements.