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    Chelwood Gate
The Forest entrance and President Kennedy

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Chelwood Gate Sussex
The area was originally Saxon and appears to have been common ground.

The Normans created the Ashdown Forest as an area where Forest law applied, this law was designed to protect the venison and the vert i.e. the animals of the hunt and the foliage that they consumed. Forest law also prescribed harsh punishment for anyone who committed any of a range of offences within these areas.

Chelwood Gate was one of the entrances into the Ashdown Forest through which John of Gaunt (1340 - 1399) the third surviving son of King Edward III would have entered the forest from his hunting lodge.

Harold Macmillan the Prime Minister and head of the Treasury from 1957 t0 1963 lived here at Birch Grove, the Macmillan family home. Birch Grove was started in 1923 and completed in 1926 by Harolds father - head of the family publishing firm. The village was quite famous as in 1963 President Kennedy came to visit Prime Minister Macmillan at Birch Grove, a memorial to this can be found on the Wych Cross road.


Chelwood Gate East Sussex
The village has the usual local service provided by a small village.


Chelwood Gate East Sussex
To the south of the village views can be seen to Chactonbury Ring to the west and the South Downs towards Beachy Head to the east.

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