Uckfield & Surrounding Villages
Uckfield and surrounding villages are the perfect place to make a home. We hope that you are staying local and will buy and sell through us. If you are thinking of moving into the area, why not register your details and requirements so we can match you with the ideal home for you. Below you will find some of the highlights of the area.
Located in East Sussex in the heart of the Sussex Weald, just to the south of the beautiful Ashdown Forest, Uckfield takes its name from the pretty River Uck on which it sits. The town dates its history back to 1220 when first mentioned as a stop off on the pilgrimage route between Canterbury and Chichester. Modern Uckfield (population approx. 15,000) is an attractive mix of old and new, with popular residential developments surrounding the thriving older town centre.
Transport links are good, with a regular rail service from Uckfield Station direct to London Bridge via East Croydon for transfer to other London termini. The A26 runs between Royal Tunbridge Wells 13 miles* to the north east and Lewes 8 miles to the south west, connecting with the A22 London (37 miles) to Eastbourne (16 miles) road via the town bypass. Brighton lies 14 miles to the south west.
Cultural highlights include The Picture House, Uckfield’s own three-screen high-street cinema first opened in 1916, making it one of the oldest in the country. The traditional September Uckfield carnival and bonfire procession is also a big attraction, closing streets to traffic and ushering in the Sussex bonfire season. There is also a museum and a number of buildings of historic interest.
The town is well-served for pubs, restaurants and cafes, as well as independent retail shops and several high-street chains. A large Waitrose store competes with Tesco for the weekly shop.
As well as the nearby Ashdown Forest, the town has several nature reserves in which to while away a peaceful afternoon or explore the rich diversity of flora and fauna.
The local secondary school is Uckfield College, currently rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted. The five local primary schools are all also rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted.
All in all Uckfield is a great place to live.
The village of Buxted lies 2.5 miles to the north of Uckfield, part of the parish falling within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The famous Buxted Park sits within the parish – an old deer park now designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the grassland, marshland and river habitats it provides for invertebrates, it offers the opportunity for some superb country walks and is also home to the elegant Buxted Park Hotel.
Buxted Station is on the Oxted line between Uckfield and Crowborough, providing a regular mainline rail service to London.
Two miles from Uckfield and sitting on the edge of the Ashdown Forest is the pretty village of Maresfield. At the heart of the village are the 17th century Chequers Inn and the early 12th century church. Cricket, tennis, bowls and football clubs are all at hand and the village even has its own fishing lake.
The attractive village of Framfield lies 1.5 miles to the east of Uckfield. The wider parish includes the smaller villages of Blackboys and Palehouse. Both the Hare and Hounds in Framfield and the Blackboys Inn (established as a coaching inn in the 14th century) are popular destination pubs for the wider area. There two local primary schools are both rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted.
2.5 miles to the south west of Uckfield rests the quaint little village of Isfield. Two pubs and a local farm and village store serve the needs of the community. A steam railway runs a short distance from the old Isfield Station, up what is now known as the Lavender Line, to and from the parish of Little Horsted.
East Hoathly and Halland
Situated approximately 4 miles from Uckfield is the attractive village and conservation area of East Hoathly. Having benefitted greatly from the diversion of the main A22 almost 30 years ago, the village offers good amenities including a primary school (rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted) and two pubs, as well as excellent country walks. The smaller village of Halland sits approximately a mile back down the road towards Uckfield.
Situated approximately five miles from Uckfield on the edge of the beautiful Ashdown Forest lies the thriving village of Nutley. The village boasts a pub, shops and restaurants a well as a number of other businesses and amenities, including a tennis and squash club. The Nutley Windmill is a famous local landmark. The local CofE primary school is rated as ‘Good’ by OFSTED.
Located on the A272 just over 3.5 miles from Uckfield is the popular village of Newick. The village is home to three pubs and the impressive St Mary’s Church, as well as a CofE primary school (rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted) a health centre and a number of shops, businesses and other amenities.
* all distances are straight line and approximate