Crowborough lies on the A26 Tunbridge Wells to Lewes road. It was only really
developed in Victorian times as a resort on the edge of the Ashdown Forest
and access was provided by the railway. Prior to that it was an area of heath
land only inhabited by highwaymen , smugglers and the odd farmer.
In 1909 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle famous for the Sherlock Holmes novels, moved into
Crowborough where he lived till the age of 71. He built Windlesham Manor a large
house in which he wrote more novels. He died in 1930 and was buried in
his garden, his wife had his remains moved into the family vault in 1935.
Crowborough has a wide range of services available, with smaller shops and businesses
providing the majority. The trains to London go from Jarvis Brook to the east of the
The nearest major shopping centre is at Royal Tunbridge Wells about 7 miles to the
Crowborough lies on top of a hill with the Ashdown Forest lying to the north. The views
out towards the Forest are spectacular.
The views from all around the area are very rural and pretty, the town is by contrast
quite modern and built up.