Vines Cross in East Sussex

Google map showing area surrounding Vines Cross
(Cannons and Doodlebugs)
Location: 50.937494,0.266536
General Details
Vines Cross in East Sussex is a small village lying between Old Heathfield , Horam and Herstmonceux in a fairly sparsely populated area.

The valley to the north was a major cannon manufacturing area, with the remnants of the old dam which provided power still visible to the east from the Old Heathfield road. One of the old farms, Boring House Farm further downstream shows where the cannons were bored to the correct bore diameter.

During the Second World War , Vines Cross had the dubious honour of being the second village in the area to be hit by bombs and doodlebugs . Streeton Nursery at Vine Cross was hit by a bomb on 17th July 1944, and Riverdale Nursery at Horam was hit by a doodlebug 16th June 1944.
Vines Cross in East Sussex is on top of a hill, and the views across the valley towards Warbleton is magnificent.

On the Rushlake Green road, the old farm with its duckpond, ducks and geese is a picture on a sunny day.
Vines Cross in East Sussex has a few services with its garage and post office, the public house and a plant nursery providing for the locals.

The nearest main shopping centre is at Heathfield about 3 miles north west. Trains are not located very close, but can be caught at Polegate about 8 miles to the south or Stonegate a similar distance to the north.
Vines Cross 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)
5.84 miles
Blackboys (Charcoal and Soot)5.35 miles
Bodle Street (White Horse on the roof)3.71 miles
Brightling (famous for Mad Jack Fuller)
6.09 miles
Broad Oak (Smallpox at the Academy)2.93 miles
Burwash Common (Roughest pub in the South East)4.61 miles
Burwash Weald (Roughest pub in the South East)4.96 miles
Buxted (The first Iron Cannon in England)6.89 miles
Cade Street (Jack Cade and the Kentish rebellion)2.16 miles
Chiddingly (Walking on Cheese ??)
3.77 miles
Cross in Hand (The Crusaders Assembly)3.12 miles
Dallington (Custers Last Stand!)
4.04 miles
East Hoathly (Another Sussex Cannibal?)4.49 miles
Framfield (380 years without a church tower)6.34 miles
Halland (Ancient Slaughter)5.75 miles
Heathfield (19th Century Natural Gas)
2.08 miles
Hellingly (Only remaining Ciric in Sussex)3.50 miles
Herstmonceux (Castle and Observatory)
4.15 miles
Horam (Which Station do we get off at ?)1.06 miles
Laughton (Knight captures King of France)
6.38 miles
Penhurst (Beautiful yet Remote)
6.34 miles
Punnetts Town (The Windmill on the Hill)2.82 miles
Rushlake Green (Open Village and Nuclear Bunker)2.16 miles
Waldron (Fullers Earth)
2.91 miles
Warbleton (The Iron Man)
0.98 miles
Windmill Hill (Largest Post Mill in Sussex)4.90 miles
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Local Interest
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Ninfield History Group
The Bald Explorer for local documentaries
Hastings Rock the place to listen to
Wealden Iron Research Group
Roman, Saxon and Norman History of the South East
Talk in Code fabulous new Album
Wadhurst History Society
The Rudes as lots of people call us, are an outdoor touring theatre company specialising in taking new & original theatre to mainly small rural communities and a few towns across the South of England. We were founded in 1998 & first toured in the Summer of 1999. Currently we tour only in the summer performing 50+ times nightly during June, July & August.
Hastings Area Archaeological Research Group
Battle and District Historical Society
Battle Museum of Local History
(Hard to find but worth the Visit)