Ninfield in East Sussex

Google map showing area surrounding Ninfield
(Last of the Iron Stocks)
Location: 50.885700,0.425741
General Details
There is a legend that William the Conqueror flew his standard at Standard Hill on the current A269, before the Battle of Hastings on Senlac Field in Battle .

The village is mentioned in the Domesday book as having been badly damaged by the Conquerors forces in 1066 .

smuggling was prevalent in the area due to the nearness of the sea, the water extended from Northeye to Hooe , and up the Ashbourne valley to the area between Ninfield in East Sussex and Boreham Street. The area was perfect for smuggling, it is known that the nearby landlord of the Red Lion Pub in Hooe , James Blackman, was a member of the Groombridge Gang (1733 - 1749). The Area was probably also controlled by the infamous Hawkhurst Gang , as their sphere of influence included this area. Due to the proximity to the iron furnace at Ashburnham , Ninfield still has an unusual relic of these times, its iron stocks and whipping post which are in the centre of the village, were probably manufactured in the 1700's.

The famous bird illustrator Basil Ede lived in the village.
Ninfield in East Sussex sits on top of a ridge which runs from Hooe to Bexhill . It is said that William the Conqueror had his standard planted on the highest point during the Battle of Hastings in 1066 .

To the north the hills roll away, and to the South, the coast at Normans Bay can be seen.
Ninfield in East Sussex has a few local shops, and the bus service comes down from Battle to Sidley on the outskirts of Bexhill .

The nearest trains can be caught at Bexhill Station, on the Hastings to Eastbourne line.
Ninfield is shown as the red symbol on the map.

Nearby Villages

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Village= Town= Recorded in Domesday=
Ashburnham (Last Iron Furnace in Sussex)
2.19 miles
Battle (William the Conqueror prevails)3.36 miles
Bodle Street (White Horse on the roof)4.14 miles
Boreham Street (Picturesque village on top of the Ridge)2.64 miles
Catsfield (Iron, Railways and Clocks)
1.41 miles
Crowhurst (Village devastated by the Normans)
3.23 miles
Hastings Bulverhythe (Landing place of the citizens)4.98 miles
Hastings Sea Front (Modern amusements,pier and promenade)5.63 miles
St Leonards on Sea (an Edwardian family's gentile resort)5.94 miles
Herstmonceux (Castle and Observatory)
4.54 miles
Hooe (The Haunt of Smugglers)
1.46 miles
Netherfield (Village at the top of the Hill)
3.94 miles
Penhurst (Beautiful yet Remote)
2.66 miles
Rushlake Green (Open Village and Nuclear Bunker)6.25 miles
Sedlescombe (Best gunpowder in Europe)
5.79 miles
Warbleton (The Iron Man)
7.14 miles
Wartling (World War II defence centre)
3.59 miles
Westfield (Bonfire Boys under suspicion)
6.63 miles
Whatlington (King Harold's Manor)
5.14 miles
Windmill Hill (Largest Post Mill in Sussex)3.69 miles
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