Ashburnham in East Sussex

Google map showing area surrounding Ashburnham
(Last Iron Furnace in Sussex)
Location: 50.909160,0.392186
General Details
Ashburnham Sussex - Ashburnham PlaceNear to Ashburnham in East Sussex and Penhurst at Creep Wood is an old earthworks probably dating from Pre-Saxon times, the site is about 250 metres long . Ashburnham is mentioned in the Domesday book, as being badly effected by the Normans, who reduced its value from 6.00 prior to the invasion to 1.00 after the invasion. Its value increased back to 9.00 by the time of the Domesday survey, probably due to the Iron workings, and salt workings on the Pevensey levels which would have been tidal at the time.

In the 12th century records show that Reginals de Oseburnham granted lands in Ashburnham to the Abbey in Robertsbridge.

Ashburnham was controlled by the Ashburnham family from the 1100's until 1953, when Lady Catherine Asburnham died.

In 1649 king Charles I was executed, and some gruesome souveniers were brought back to the church, which were believed to have healing properties. These consisted of the shirt, silk drawers, and garters which he wore when executed, together with his watch, a lock of his hair, and the sheet thrown over the body. The items were brought back by John Ashburnham, the King's Groom of the Bedchamber, who was also the MP for Hastings .

The Iron blast furnace and forge were owned by the Crowley family at Ashburnham the furnace which was the last one in Sussex to be extinguished in 1813, and its forge which closed 1826. In the graveyard are a number of examples of Harmer terracotta embossed grave stones, dating from the early 1800's.
Ashburnham East Sussex - The TowerThe Ashbourne valley is very pretty, and the Tower House is unusual, but very hard to find.

The area around is full of small lanes, steep hills and small rivers.
Ashburnham East Sussex - St Peters ChurchThe parish of Ashburnham in East Sussex spreads for quite a distance towards Brown Bread Street , and has very few amenities.

The nearest town is Battle about 6 miles to the east, with many shops, and the main line station from Hastings to London.

Busses can be caught at Brightling , Ninfield or Battle , but it is unlikely you would live around this area without a car.
Ashburnham is shown as the red symbol on the map.

Nearby Villages

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Village= Town= Recorded in Domesday=
Battle (William the Conqueror prevails)4.05 miles
Bodle Street (White Horse on the roof)2.21 miles
Boreham Street (Picturesque village on top of the Ridge)2.49 miles
Brightling (famous for Mad Jack Fuller)
3.82 miles
Cade Street (Jack Cade and the Kentish rebellion)6.20 miles
Catsfield (Iron, Railways and Clocks)
2.70 miles
Cripps Corner (Home Guard surprises the Army)7.01 miles
Crowhurst (Village devastated by the Normans)
5.04 miles
Dallington (Custers Last Stand!)
3.04 miles
Hailsham (Ropes and Napoleon)
6.76 miles
Heathfield (19th Century Natural Gas)
7.17 miles
Hellingly (Only remaining Ciric in Sussex)6.53 miles
Herstmonceux (Castle and Observatory)
3.36 miles
Hooe (The Haunt of Smugglers)
2.81 miles
Horam (Which Station do we get off at ?)6.74 miles
Mountfield (17th Century Coal !!)
5.05 miles
Netherfield (Village at the top of the Hill)
2.91 miles
Ninfield (Last of the Iron Stocks)
2.19 miles
Penhurst (Beautiful yet Remote)
1.20 miles
Punnetts Town (The Windmill on the Hill)4.75 miles
Rushlake Green (Open Village and Nuclear Bunker)4.09 miles
Sedlescombe (Best gunpowder in Europe)
6.44 miles
Vines Cross (Cannons and Doodlebugs)5.84 miles
Warbleton (The Iron Man)
5.06 miles
Wartling (World War II defence centre)
3.78 miles
Whatlington (King Harold's Manor)
5.44 miles
Windmill Hill (Largest Post Mill in Sussex)2.78 miles
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