High Weald

Approximately 120,000 people live within the 99 parishes covered by the High Weald AONB designation. We have details here of those 99 parishes and to find out more about community life within the High Weald please select the parish of interest to access relevant local websites.


Description: Ardingly (pronounced Ardingl-eye) lies on the road running north from Lindfield to Turners Hill. Home to Wakehurst Place Botanical Gardens and the Millennium Seed Bank, it is also known for the independent school, Ardingly College, built in approximately 1860, and the South of England Showground. The eastern element of the village has a pretty High Street with cottages lining the road while the western part is centred around St Peter’s Church which dates from Norman times.

Website: Ardingly website


Description: Built on the site of the famous Battle of 1066 where William the Conqueror defeated King Harold and his Saxon army on that fateful day, today, this bustling little Market town has no fewer than five attractions for you to enjoy, including Battle Abbey, built on the Battle site.
Website:Battle in East Sussex

Description: The name Ashburnham , probably derives from the Saxon Ashbourne the local stream and ham an enclosure, so becoming "The enclosure on the river Ashbourne". The parish of Ashburnham spreads for quite a distance towards Brown Bread Street , and has very few amenities. The nearest town is Battle about 6 miles to the east, with many shops, and the main line station from Hastings to London.

Website: www.villagenet.co.uk

Description: The village of Beckley is situated about 5 miles away from Rye & 10 miles from Hastings in the SE of England. Iron was processed at Beckley from 1578 when the iron furnace was built. From the mid 1600's guns and cannons were produced, probably for the shipbuilding carried out at Rye or Smallhythe.


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Websites: www.balcombe.info | www.balcombevillage.co.uk


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Description: A typical English Village, set in the picturesque countryside of the Southeast of England, a few miles north of Tenterden. Biddenden has a number of thriving village shops including Turners Stores which sells everything from fresh fruit to video rentals. Biddenden also retains its Post Office and general store.
Websites: www.biddendenkent.co.uk/