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EXPLORING THE CHARMING 

ENGLISH VILLAGE OF CUCKFIELD 

IN THE MIDSUSSEX DISTRICT 

OF WEST SUSSEX, ENGLAND: 

TWINNED WITH 

AUMALE NORMANDY 

& KARLSTADT BAVARIA

      
   

Cuckfield (/ˈkʊkfld/ KUUK-feeld) is a village and civil parish 

in the Mid Sussex District of West Sussex, England, 

on the southern slopes of the Weald

It lies 34 miles (55 km) south of London, 

13 miles (21 km) north of Brighton

and 31 miles (50 km) east northeast of the county town of Chichester

Nearby towns include Haywards Heath to the southeast

 and Burgess Hill to the south.

 It is surrounded on the other sides by the parish of Ansty and Staplefield 

formerly known as Cuckfield Rural.

Aumale in Normandy has been a twin town since 1993[3] 

and Karlstadt in Bavaria since 1998.[4]

   

   

History

Before the modern local government system 

came into operation in the late 19th century 

it was described as being “in the hundred of Buttinghill, in the rape of Lewes“. 

The civil parish covers an area of 431.58 ha (1066 acres), 

and had a population of 3,266 persons in the 2001 census, 

increasing to 3,500[2] at the 2011 Census.

   

   

The origin of the name, Cuckfield (earlier spelled Kukefeld, Cucufeld, and Cucufelda), 

is debated but it is generally associated with the cuckoo which is the village emblem.

   

    

The village grew as a market town

and an important coaching stop between London and Brighton

since it lay on the turnpike

In 1820, 50 coaches a day were passing through; 

but when the railway to Brighton was to be constructed in the 1840s, 

local landowners objected to its projected route: 

it was therefore built through neighbouring Haywards Heath instead. 

The village lost its importance as a result. 

Today the A272 road also bypasses the village centre.

    

 

It became an urban district in 1894 under the Local Government Act 1894

and was greatly enlarged in 1934 under a County Review Order 

by adding part of Chailey Rural District

Cuckfield Rural District (including the parish of Lindfield

and Haywards Heath Urban District.

   

   

The Parish Council, Cuckfield Museum and village library reside within the Queen’s Hall, 

built in 1897 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee

   

   

The parish church, dedicated to the Holy Trinity

has Norman foundations, although the building itself is 13th century. 

The lych gates are listed buildings and several of the stained glass windows 

as well as the pulpit and the ceiling’s painting 

were designed by Charles Eamer Kempe (1837–1907).

   

   

In 1822, Mary Ann Mantell, wife of Dr. Gideon Mantell

found the first known iguanodon fossils among many others 

close to Cuckfield at Whitemans Green

where a monument to him now stands though the quarry 

from where he acquired them is long gone.[5][6] 

He also features in the town’s museum. 

   

   

Other attractions include the Elizabethan stately home, Cuckfield Park, 

to the west of the village. 

Cuckfield Park is reputedly haunted by its former resident Anne Pritchard Sergison, 

who was known to the locals as ‘Wicked Dame Sergison’, 

and who died in 1748.[7] 

Bonfire Night celebrations are held here. 

Another Elizabethan house, Ockenden Manor

is a hotel and restaurant which has had 

one star from the Michelin Guide in 2001 and again 2004-2016.[8]

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuckfield

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MUSTER GREEN PARK, 

HAYWARDS HEATH

   

Okay, this is not Cuckfield, YET, but the autumnal beauty is very inviting

   

   

       

CUCKFIELD VILLAGE CENTRE

   

HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, 

CUCKFIELD

      

   

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