Visit Heathfield and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Heathfield, East Sussex, is divided into two sections: the modern housing development which is rapidly growing; and Old Heath-field, a pretty village which was one of the major centres of the Sussex iron industry. One of its most momentous occasions was in 1450 when Jack Cade, the rebel leader, was killed there by Alexander Iden, Sheriff of Kent. The occasion is marked by a plaque on the Jack Cade Stone in Cade Street.
Another monument is the sandstone Gibraltar Tower, 60 ft high, erected in honour of General George Elliot, the heroic defender of the Rock in the siege of 1779 to 1783, who was later created Baron Heathfield; he had purchased Heathfield Park some years before with his share of prize money after the victory of Havana. The Tower, which has been allowed to fall into a state of disrepair, was erected in 1793. Standing in the north-west corner of Heathfield Park, it bears the simple inscription “Calpes Defensori”.
The Parish Church of All Saints is mainly 13th-century. The tower is of chalk construction faced with local sandstone; the spire surmounting it is somewhat out of alignment, built deliberately that way, so it is said, to allow for the prevailing winds. Inside the tower is the date 1445 in Arabic figures, one of the earliest dates to be so written in England.
In 1607 the Vicar of Heathfield, Roger Hunt, accompanied the colonists who went to Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, to establish the first permanent English settlement in North America. A window in the church depicts him administering Holy Communion to the colonists, with a group of Red Indians looking on. Nearby is a tablet set up in 1957 by the American and British Commonwealth Association to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the event.
The village has two old windmills; one may sometimes be seen with sails turning.
Nearby towns: Crowborough, Hailsham, Lewes, Robertsbridge, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Uckfield
Nearby villages: Burwash, Buxted, Etchingham, Hellingly, Horam, Little London, Mayfield, Waldron
Have you decided to visit Heathfield or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Heathfield bed and breakfast (a Heathfield B&B or Heathfield b and b)
- a Heathfield guesthouse
- a Heathfield hotel (or motel)
- a Heathfield self-catering establishment, or
- other Heathfield accommodation