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.

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Description: Crowborough was once a beacon, and the high point of the town is over 800 feet with the town spreading out from this ancient site and was most favoured by smugglers who could ensure the approach of excise men was observed well in advance. Crowborough's most famous resident was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who lived in Windlesham Manor for the last 22 years of his life. The present town developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as an outpost of Tunbridge Wells for the newly enriched middle classes and in the second half of the 20th century the population expanded threefold from 7,000 to 21,000.
Websites: www.crowborough.info/

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Websites: www.edenbridgetown.com/local/villages/cowden.shtml


Description: Crowhurst lies on a back road between Battle and Hastings. The village is first mentioned in 771 as Croghyrst, when King Offa of Mercia, gave the Bishop of Selsey 8 hides (a measurement of area) within the village. In return, the Bishop built a church for the population. The village has few services, but is on a main rail line to London and 4 miles from Battle, the main shopping town in the area.
Websites: www.villagenet.co.uk/pevenseylevels/villages/crowhurst.php


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Description: Abutting Haywards Heath to the west, Cuckfield was once a market town holding charters from Henry III and Charles II, and on the London to Brighton coaching routes in pre-rail days, by the 1820's 50 coaches a day were passing through this village. Now a desirable area in which to live, Cuckfield has a pretty centre with its old church having a vault roof, constructed of traditional Horsham stone, which can be illuminated on payment of a small fee.
Websites: http://localwebsuk.com/sussex/cuckfield.shtml


Description: Cranbrook lies 15 miles south of Maidstone, to the east of the main road to the former fishing harbour of Hastings, Sussex. The Parish of Cranbrook has a population approaching 6000 and the town retains its dense mediaeval layout of streets and alleys, with a number of buildings of great interest dating from the 15th to the 19th century. These display all the elements of wealden building: timber frames, weatherboard, stucco and the rarer and more local mathematical weathering which mimics brickwork.
Websites: www.cranbrook.org

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Description: Nowdays known as being a huge 'new town' on the borders of Gatwick Aiport, Crawley has in fact signs of prehistoric habitation! Today it has a booming economy, one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country and is generally seen as one of the most successful new towns in the country.

Description: This picturesque village lies 5 miles south east of Heathfield off the B2096. There are several attractive brick and tile hung cottages, and next to the church is a fine timber-framed house. Dallington forest used to manufacture charcoal, an important source of fuel for the Wealden Iron making industry. Much of their supply went to the Heathfield furnace owned by the Fullers of Brightling, and also to the Ashburnham furnace a few miles to the South East.
Websites: www.dallington.net