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Prime Location Heathfield, East Sussex Area Guide

Heathfield is a small but busy market town in the centre of East Sussex, located halfway between Eastbourne, which is 25 km to the south, and Royal Tunbridge Wells, which is 27 km to the north. It lies on the crest of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and has fantastic views of the surrounding Sussex countryside.

Although there is evidence of a settlement in Heathfield from as far back as the Stone Age, the major work of developing the town began in the late 12th century, when large areas of forest were cleared and cultivated. The town thrived, but was severely hit by the Black Death in the 14th century, when more than half the population was killed. Today, Heathfield is a bustling town that holds a variety of events throughout the year that bring tourists to the area from all over the country and beyond.


The population of Heathfield is approximately 11,500 but this number includes those who live in several nearby villages. The residents of Heathfield are predominantly white British, and the average salary in the area is £23,700.

The majority of the population is aged between 35 and 54, and the largest proportion of people in the Wealden Local Authority live in detached houses, although there is a considerable development of terraced cottages in Sandy Cross in the south of Heathfield. Most of the population either own their own home outright or with a mortgage or other loan.


There is one main secondary and seven primary schools in Heathfield, as well as St Mary’s School, which is a special school. The main secondary school is Heathfield Community College, a coeducational state maintained school situated on Cade Street in Old Heathfield, which was rated ‘good’ in a recent Ofsted inspection.

The nearest independent secondary school is St Bede’s School in Hailsham, which saw 77% of its pupils achieve A* to C grades at GCSE, and has 819 pupils on its register.


The town lies between the A265 and A267, and is approximately 45 minutes by car from the M25. The nearest railway station is Stonegate, which is 13 km away and lies on the Hastings line, and has a regular service to London Bridge.

There are several bus services connecting Heathfield to the surrounding villages and towns including the 51 and 252 which travel between Eastbourne and Tunbridge Wells.

Amenities and shopping

Heathfield is a semi-rural town, and as such has a small variety of mostly independent shops and services. There are several bed and breakfasts in the area, as well as a few public houses, cafes and takeaways.

The biggest draws to the area are the events that it holds throughout the year, including the Heathfield & District and Agricultural Show, which takes place in May, and Le March, Heathfield’s famous Anglo/French market, which takes place on August Bank Holiday every year. Between them they bring thousands of visitors to the area. The Heathfield Farmers’ Market also attracts business from around West Sussex, and is held on the third Saturday of every month.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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