Etchingham in East Sussex

Google map showing area surrounding Etchingham
(The oldest Brass Weather Vane in the country)
Location: 51.009022,0.438991
General Details

View of the church facing North

Etchingham in East Sussex was one of the first Anglo Saxon settlements in the area long before the Norman conquest in 1066 . The manor was taken over by the Normans, and in 1166 it was left to the De Achyngham family, who took their name from the place and were well known landowners.

The site was probably a manorial court site, not the De Achyngham living accomodation, which was at Udimore .

The manor used to stand at the point the main London Hastings train station is currently located.

The current church was built next to the manor probably in the 1358, when pope Innocenti VI directed that a burial ground be consecrated at Etchingham. The main road in the village was a major military supply highway during the napoleonic wars taking iron products manufactured in the area towards Dover.

The 19th century artist Henry Corbould (the designer of the Penny Black) is is buried in the churchyard. He was travelling from Hastings to London when he was taken ill at Hurst Green where he died, and was buried at Etchingham which was the local parish Church.

Finally the oldest brass weather vane in England is to be found on the Church Spire, in 1990 it was the inspiration for the design of a special postmark organised by the village to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Postage Stamp. The church also has the largest series of Misericords in Sussex, apart from those in Chichester Cathedral. A Misericord is a 'comfort' ledge under tip up seats designed to give a little support to those who had to stand there for long periods.

The Parish Council have provided some of their history on their pages 'Click

At the Centre of the VillageFrom the station walk towards Hurst Green across the wide Rother Valley, and look North. The view across this low lying land towards the distant hills is magnificent. The place where you are now standing used to be regularly flooded to a depth of 3 to 4 feet in the winter even until the 1970's when water extraction reduced the Rother to a mere trickle.
The village signThe main London to Hastings Train Line stops in the village providing a 1 hour 10 minute journey to Cannon Street and Charing Cross. This service runs approximately every 20 minutes in the rush hour, and hourly in between.

An infrequent bus service stops in the village and travels to Heathfield and Hurst Green for further connections.

Various small shops are available in the village.

The main shopping centres are in Hastings and Tunbridge Wells , with a minor one in Battle .
Etchingham is shown as the red symbol on the map.

Nearby Villages

(click on symbol to see the village page)
Benenden (One of Englands Top Girls Schools)7.41 miles
Bodiam (The finest ruined castle in the Country)4.33 miles
Brightling (famous for Mad Jack Fuller)3.59 miles
Broad Oak (Smallpox at the Academy)7.01 miles
Burwash (The home of Rudyard Kipling)2.32 miles
Burwash Common (Roughest pub in the South East)4.61 miles
Burwash Weald (Roughest pub in the South East)4.19 miles
Cade Street (Jack Cade and the Kentish rebellion)7.39 miles
Cripps Corner (Home Guard surprises the Army)5.09 miles
Ewhurst Green (Great Fire of London contributions)5.19 miles
Flimwell (300 local people beheaded)3.18 miles
Hawkhurst (A Notorious Gang of Smugglers)4.04 miles
Hurst Green (The Youngest Highwayman on record)1.47 miles
Mountfield (17th Century Coal !!)4.08 miles
Punnetts Town (The Windmill on the Hill)6.21 miles
Robertsbridge (The Home of Modern Cricket)2.21 miles
Salehurst (Richard the Lion Heart's Gift)2.55 miles
Sandhurst (Escape from the Great Plague)5.56 miles
Staplecross (Mothers grudge hangs son)4.91 miles
Stonegate (Ancient Roman Cross Road)3.16 miles
Ticehurst (Anne Boleyn and Pashley Manor)2.89 miles
Wadhurst (Last bare fisted Prize-Fight in England)5.74 miles
Copyright Villagenet 1998-2022
Local Businesses
For all things mosaic, commissions workshops etc please contact Hannah
Talk in Code fabulous new Album
A brand-new collection of Sherlock Holmes short stories by Tim Symonds -
including how with Kismet's help Watson uncovers a most diabolical plot against his comrade-in-arms..
The Bald Explorer for local documentaries
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.
Roman, Saxon and Norman History of the South East
World War 2 Vehicle database
Tenderheart Childrens Charity
It's the year 1906. Rumours abound that a deadly plot is hatching - not in the fog-ridden back-alleys of London's Limehouse district or the sinister Devon moors of the Hound of the Baskervilles but in faraway Peking...
Battle Brewery our local excellent micro brewery