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Living in Hartfield: The local area guide
Hartfield is a village and civil parish just to the north of Ashdown Forest in the beautiful county of East Sussex. Hartfield is the main village in the parish, which also includes Hammerwood, Holtye and Colemans Hatch.
Hartfield is home to Cotchford Farm, the former home of beloved author A.A. Milne, famous for the Winnie the Pooh stories. The village has an entire shop solely dedicated to Winnie the Pooh memorabilia.
Apart from its inspirational role in Winnie the Pooh, Hartfield’s history delves deeply into England and the region's past. Nearby Bolebroke Castle was used by Henry VIII as accommodation whilst hunting wild boar and deer in Ashdown Forest. Popular belief also upholds that he used the castle for his courtship of Anne Boleyn.
As far as Hartfield’s population is concerned, the Census of 2011 revealed that the civil parish as a whole was home to slightly less than 2,200 residents. These individuals are then further separated into 892 households, most of which reside in unshared detached homes or bungalows.
In the 10 years between the 2001 Census and the 2011 Census, the population of the civil parish of Hartfield has grown by slightly less than 100 residents. On top of this, roughly 25% of the civil parish’s population are of a pensionable age. This figure is hardly surprising given the relaxed nature of this parish!
The only school in the village of Hartfield itself is the St Mary the Virgin Church of England Primary School. This school currently serves just over 100 pupils between the ages of 4 and 11. In terms of student achievement, 86% of pupils achieve Level 4 or above in maths, reading and writing by age 11 – a figure slightly higher than the national average. That being said, when the school was last reviewed by Ofsted, the education authority highlighted the school as ‘Requiring Improvement’.
Secondary students will find themselves heading elsewhere if they wish to attend high school, as Hartfield village is unfortunately without one. In terms of school-wide performance, The Skinners’ School in Royal Tunbridge Wells will likely be a popular option among parents. Ofsted rated the school as ‘Outstanding’, and student achievement levels are particularly high. An impressive 99% of students achieve 5 GCSEs with a grade between A* and C – which is well above the national average of 53%.
Hartfield has a local bus system connecting the parish villages, as well as the regular 286 bus service to Royal Tunbridge Wells. From Royal Tunbridge Wells, the 291 bus connects to the larger town of Crawley, which grants greater access to the wider UK.
Hartfield is served by the mainline stations of Ashurst, Cowden and Eridge. Ashurst is the closest station to the village and provides regular service to London and other metropolitan centres in the south.
Hartfield lies along the intersection of the B2026 and the B2110, which, though smaller country roads themselves, provide links to the A22 and A26 main motorways.
Amenities and shopping
Hartfield is not short on fascinating attractions due to its historical and cultural background. As mentioned, some popular attractions include the former home of A.A. Milne at Cotchford Farm, as well as Pooh Corner, the dedicated Winnie the Pooh memorabilia shop.
There are several golf clubs in the surrounding community, as well as a cricket club in the village. Hartfield has several pubs, including the Anchor Inn, Gallipot Inn and Hay Waggon Inn. A local convenience store, a medical centre and several small local shops are also in the immediate village.
While the convenience store may help you keep stocked up on those basic necessities, you may have to make regular trips to larger settlements where there is more on offer. Royal Tunbridge Wells is home to Royal Victoria Place, a shopping centre that features more than 90 stores – including the likes of Boots, Marks and Spencer, Pandora and Next.
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