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Hartfield Parish Church
Grid reference: TQ479359
Location: 51°6’7"N, 0°6’40"E
Population: 2,179  (2011)
Post town: Hartfield
Postcode: TN7
Dialling code: 01892
Local Government
Council: Wealden
Website: Parish Council

Hartfield is a village in Sussex. The parish also includes the settlements of Colemans Hatch, Hammerwood and Holtye, all lying on the northern edge of Ashdown Forest.

The village s to be found in the east of the county, seven miles south-west of Royal Tunbridge Wells (a town which spills over the county border from Kent. It is where the B2110 road between Groombridge and Forest Row meets the B2026 road between Edenbridge and Maresfield.

There are two public houses: the Anchor Inn and the Gallipot Inn. A third, te Haywagon Inn closed in 2015. The village street is narrow.

Parish church

The village church is St Mary the Virgin. It is largely of the 13th century, and is a Grade I listed building.[1] This is a small church with no division between chancel and nave. The west tower has a broached shingled spire.

The elder brother of the writer W. Somerset Maugham, Frederic Maugham, 1st Viscount Maugham PC QC, a lawyer and judge who served as Lord Chancellor from March 1938 until September 1939, and his son, the author Robin Maugham, are buried in the churchyard.

The village

There is a shop in the village dedicated to all things connected with the Winnie the Pooh stories.[2] This is because of the local connection: A A Milne (1882–1956), the author of Winnie The Pooh, lived at Cotchford Farm in Hartfield and many of his books are set here. (Later the farm was owned by Brian Jones, guitarist and founder of The Rolling Stones).

Henry VIII was believed to have used Bolebroke Castle, a short distance from the village, where he hunted wild boar and deer at the nearby Ashdown Forest. He also was believed to have courted Anne Boleyn from this castle.

Hartfield had a railway station on the Three Bridges to Tunbridge Wells Central Line until it was closed in 1967. Most of the former trackbed is now part of the Forest Way, which forms part of National Cycle Route 21, and is much used by walkers and cyclists. The station building itself is now used as a pre-school.

Outside links

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about Hartfield)


  1. National Heritage List 1192522: Church of St Mary (Grade I listing)
  2. Shop at Pooh Corner, pooh-country.co.uk. Accessed 13 September 2022.