Best things about living in Ticehurst
PUBLISHED: 10:02 12 August 2016 | UPDATED: 10:07 12 August 2016
Based in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the Kent border, Ticehurst offers days out and popular pubs
At the beginning of his 1925 work Ticehurst: The Story of a Sussex Village Leonard J Hodson says “Ticehurst has never been the scene of any stirring event of national importance, and its parochial history centres mainly round the church and the big houses of the neighbourhood.” The book wasn’t a bestseller. The first mention of the area around Ticehurst was in 1018 when King Cnut gave Haeselerc (now Hazelhurst) to the Archbishop of Canterbury. It was named in the Domesday Book 70 years later, with a note that it was laid waste during the Norman Conquest. Nearby Pashley Manor was built by the de Passele family in 1292. It was later home to the Bullen family from Norfolk, including a young Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife. Ticehurst Church is thought to date back to the 14th century.
The nearest railway stations are at Stonegate and Etchingham. Trains run hourly to Hastings and Ore and to London Bridge and Charing Cross from each station. The Stagecoach 254 service runs hourly Monday to Saturday between Tunbridge Wells and Hurst Green taking in Wadhurst, Hawkhurst and Flimwell. Battle Area Community Transport runs flexible pre-booked services from the Ticehurst area to Ashford, Eastbourne and Rye. Call 01424 772001.
Annual festivals and events
Ticehurst hosts an annual bonfire and fireworks display on the Recreation Ground. 2016’s event is on Saturday 12 November. The biggest visitor attraction in Ticehurst is Pashley Manor Gardens, which are based around the 1550 Grade I listed timber-framed manor house, the replacement to the moated manor house built on the site in 1292. The annual programme of events includes a Tulip Festival, Rose Week, and as a first this year a Dahlia Debut from Tuesday 6 September to Sunday 11 September. Visit www.pashleymanorgardens.com.
What to do
Ticehurst has its own village club in Lower High Street and art space the Artichoke Gallery in Church Street. The village has a gardeners’ association which hosts spring and summer shows in the village hall. And the Ticehurst Footpath Society meet on the second Sunday of every month for a five-mile circular walk. The High Street boasts the headquarters of the Antiquarian Horological Society which studies clocks, watches and the history of time measurement.
Ticehurst pubs include The Cherry Tree Inn in Dale Hill, and The Chequers Inn and The Bell in High Street. The Bell, which dates back to the 14th century, regularly plays host to a community cinema and comedy shows. Last August it hosted the Rosemary Lane Day music festival in memory of late village resident and former pub regular Bert Jansch.
Dale Hill Golf Course and Hotel is less than a mile from Ticehurst. The hotel’s two golf courses include one designed by 1991 Masters-winner Ian Woosnam.
Maynards Farm in Ticehurst, which dates back to 1952, claims to be the first Pick Your Own business in the country. More info at www.maynardsfruit.co.uk.
Nearby Bewl Water offers walks, cycle tracks, fishing spots and the chance to try canoeing, rowing and sailing. Visit www.bewlwater.co.uk.