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Warbleton in East Sussex

Google map showing area surrounding Warbleton
(The Iron Man)
Location: 50.940815,0.288204
General Details

The Church where Richard Woodman was imprisoned.

Warbleton in East Sussex lies about 2 1/2 miles south east of Heathfield and south of Punnetts Town . It is a small village in a very quiet and unspoilt part of East Sussex.

From the 1540's to the late 1700's the area near to Warbleton was in the heart of the Sussex Iron industry, with Cralle furnace creating cannons and other implements. The finished goods were sent by river to the sea at Pevensey for export.

During the reign of Queen Mary (1553 - 1558) the Ironmaster Richard Woodman, who was also a churchwarden, publicly objected to the local Parish Priest changing from Protestant to Roman Catholic, as the queen had instructed. He was captured, and taken to London to stand trial. At his trial he showed remarkable knowledge of the Bible, and was able to quote from it verbatim. He was condemned by the Bishop of Winchester, and it is believed that he was locked in Warbleton Church Tower. On June 22nd 1557, he was burned to death with nine other martyrs in front of the Star Inn at Lewes.

A local legend claims that the village public house called the Warbill-in-tun was named because a thirsty soldier opened a tun (barrel) of beer with his War Bill(a Halberd).

During the early 1800's two of the tombstones in the churchyard were decorated with Harmer terracotta plaques, these were made by Jonathan Harmer who was a stonemason from Heathfield .

Views
The Warbill-in-tonWarbleton in East Sussex is on the top of a hill, and has views all round from the churchyard. Going down from the church towards the old Furnace, the Public House and one other building are all that is within the village.

The South Downs can be seen in all their magnificence from the church.
Services
The church and Public House are the only services in the village, Heathfield is the nearest market town, with Eastbourne the nearest major shopping centre lying about 10 miles to the South East.

The nearest trains are at Wadhurst about 10 miles north for the London to Hastings service, and Eastbourne for the Hastings , or Brighton services.
Map
Warbleton is shown as the red symbol on the map.

Nearby Villages

(click on symbol to see the village page)
Ashburnham (Last Iron Furnace in Sussex)5.06 miles
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Bodle Street (White Horse on the roof)3.02 miles
Brightling (famous for Mad Jack Fuller)5.11 miles
Broad Oak (Smallpox at the Academy)2.56 miles
Burwash Common (Roughest pub in the South East)3.81 miles
Burwash Weald (Roughest pub in the South East)4.12 miles
Cade Street (Jack Cade and the Kentish rebellion)1.81 miles
Chiddingly (Walking on Cheese ??)4.71 miles
Cross in Hand (The Crusaders Assembly)3.62 miles
Dallington (Custers Last Stand!)3.07 miles
East Hoathly (Another Sussex Cannibal?)5.47 miles
Hadlow Down (Wealden Cannons and Charcoal)5.94 miles
Halland (Ancient Slaughter)6.72 miles
Heathfield (19th Century Natural Gas)2.27 miles
Hellingly (Only remaining Ciric in Sussex)4.05 miles
Herstmonceux (Castle and Observatory)3.88 miles
Horam (Which Station do we get off at ?)2.03 miles
Laughton (Knight captures King of France)7.34 miles
Netherfield (Village at the top of the Hill)6.32 miles
Ninfield (Last of the Iron Stocks)7.14 miles
Penhurst (Beautiful yet Remote)5.45 miles
Punnetts Town (The Windmill on the Hill)1.94 miles
Rushlake Green (Open Village and Nuclear Bunker)1.19 miles
Vines Cross (Cannons and Doodlebugs)0.98 miles
Waldron (Fullers Earth)3.75 miles
Windmill Hill (Largest Post Mill in Sussex)4.52 miles
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Local Businesses
Richard Vobes
Tenderheart
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Battle Brewery