ITS HISTORY from the STONE AGE to the 21st CENTURY
ITS BUILDINGS AND LANDS, THE FAMILIES THAT OCCUPIED THEM,
AND THE ACTIVITIES THAT WENT ON THERE
High Hurstwood is a small village situated between the towns of Uckfield and Crowborough in the county of East Sussex, England, and comes within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It lies on the south-eastern border of the open common land of Ashdown Forest, and its land is made up of pockets of Wealden clay with outcrops of grey sandstone in a gently rolling landscape of deciduous woodland and small fields. It slopes from an elevation of about 625 feet (190 metres) in the north to about 165 feet (50 metres) in the south and has several small streams that rise in the north of the parish and flow southwards to join the River Uck in Buxted Parish.
In the past the village name has had many spellings: High Hurst Wood, Highhurst Wood, Hayerst Wood, etc. It was a small hamlet in the northern part of the ancient parish of Buxted until it was formed into a separate parish in 1871, at the same time as its church and school were built. See the page on the Parish Church of Holy Trinity for more details on the formation of the parish. For civil purposes much of the administration of High Hurstwood still remains as a part of the parish of Buxted. At the time of its formation the parish was a farming community consisting of a scattering of old wood frame houses, mostly of the Wealden Hall type of construction, and a number of mostly stone built worker's cottages. It has grown slowly since then with the addition of a number of individual houses and three small council housing estates, and is now very restricted by planning laws as to what, if anything, may be built.
The area that this history covers is slightly larger than the area currently covered by the parish of High Hurstwood. The western boundary at Heron's Ghyll has been extended westwards from the road to the stream that formed the original boundary before the parish of Fairwarp was formed in the late 19th century, and enables the whole of the hamlet of Heron's Ghyll to be included in this history. The southern boundary that is now along the roads, Rocks Lane and Fowley Lane, has been extended southwards to include all the properties on the south side of these roads and southwards down Hurstwood Road as far as New House; areas that are in Buxted Parish but naturally form part of the community of High Hurstwood. The eastern boundary has been extended eastwards to include the area around Burnt Oak crossroads within Crowborough Parish, formerly Rotherfield Parish, which again is naturally part of the community of High Hurstwood.
This website is in the early stages of development and currently only contains a fraction of the information that it is hoped to contain after further research that will probably extend over a considerable number of years. To that end any information that anyone can supply on High Hurstwood and its inhabitants, however small and insignificant it may seem to you, will always be most welcome.
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