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: Wadhurst is a lively village with a very active community and a population of 5000. The main High Street provides all the essential shops. There is a main line station with services to London and Hastings. Uplands Community College is situated in the Lower High Street. Wadhurst was granted a charter to become a market town in 1253 and there have recently been celebrations to mark the 750th anniversary.

Websites: www.wadhurst.info


Description: Whatlington is a small hamlet located between the A21 Hastings to London road and the small town of Battle, it contains many thatched and attractive buildings. Before 1066 the manor was the property of King Harold , afterwards it became part of the Battle Abbey lands. It is believed that the Normans destruction of his property encouraged Harold to return to his death in 1066.

Websites: www.villagenet.co.uk/esussex-iron/villages/whatlington.php

Description: Warbleton lies about 2 1/2 miles south east of Heathfield and south of Punnetts Town . It is a small hamlet in a very quiet and unspoilt part of East Sussex. The church and Public House are the only services in the village, Heathfield is the nearest market town, with Eastbourne the nearest major shopping centre lying about 10 miles to the South East.

Websites: www.villagenet.co.uk/pevenseylevels/villages/warbleton.php


Description: Winchelsea lies just within the High Weald AONB, on its South Eastern boundary near Rye. Positioned on a hill it has spectacular views over Winchelsea beach and the English Channel and inland across the Brede levels to the wooded Weald.

Websites: www.winchelsea.net | www.villagenet.co.uk/rotherlevels

Description: Wartling lies just on the edge of the Pevensey Levels, between Windmill Hill and Pevensey. There are two parts to the village Wartling Hill near to the church, and about two miles away to the North, lies Boreham Street which is also a very pretty village built on the main Ninfield to Hailsham road. Wartling Hill is very small, and only has the Church and a public house for services.

Websites: www.villagenet.co.uk/pevenseylevels/villages/wartling.php

Description: Withyham is a small village lying to the north of Crowborough and between Groombridge and Hartfield. The village was probably founded for the workers on the Buckhurst estate which lies behind the church. The village has a public house and the church, and other services can be obtained from Crowborough about 3 miles to the south. The main shopping centre is Crowborough and also Royal Tunbridge Wells about 8 miles to the east.

Websites: www.villagenet.co.uk/ashdownforest/villages/withyham.php

Description: West Hoathly is an attractive village on the top of a hill. The centre is preserved as a Conservation Area. St. Margaret's Church, which celebrated its 900th anniversary in 1990 has a rare terraced churchyard which is evidence of a former vineyard and well worth visiting. The 15th Century Priest House, with the museum of local history, Olde English Garden and formal herb garden, is open to the public from March until October.

Websites: http://www.westhoathly.gov.uk/

Description: Wittersham can be found on the B2082, four and a half miles south of Tenterden. It stands high in the middle of the Isle of Oxney, which was once an island surrounded by sea water. There are few local services, and the main shopping centre is in Tenterden to the north, or Rye to the West.

Websites: www.villagenet.co.uk/rotherlevels/villages/wittersham.php


Description: Known as Westewelle in the Doomsday survey, Westfield is one of the largest villages in the area with a population of around 2,750. It lies 6 miles inland and 2 miles to the north of the Ridge which overlooks Hastings. Westfield has not suffered a population drift where small companies have created 120 jobs. There is still a village shop, newsagents, butchers and hairdressers,although the post office recently closed.

Websites: westfield.east-sussex.co.uk/

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