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Five Ashes

(Vast collection of rock plants)

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Five Ashes lies about 5 miles south west of Mayfield on the A267.

The local pub, called the Five Ashes, what else, stands opposite the five ash trees from which the village takes its name. The old building was once a farmhouse, and the great-grandson of the owner, Alfred Berwick, was the licensee from 1914 until 1959 when he retired. His daughter Rosie then took over.

The long family association ended in 1977 when she and her husband retired to Crowborough .

The Eastwood family were key figures in giving Five Ashes its communal buildings. Boaz Eastwood helped erect an old army hut from Eastbourne which served as the village church, and his son Roy, was a leading-light in the fund raising to build the village-hall in 1976.

'Twitts Gill' was once the home of Sir Austen Chamberlain, son of the great Joseph Chamberlain, who in 1903 was the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Foreign Secretary in the 1920's. He came to Five Ashes to escape the cares of Parliament, and to expand his vast collection of rock plants from all over the world. He was said to have had 'green fingers' but lazy feet, as he was only once seen walking the half mile to Five Ashes and back.

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Five Ashes has limited services within the village.

The nearest town is Heathfield about 4 miles South East, for further larger shopping centres, Eastbourne lies about 14 miles south, and Tunbridge Wells about 10 miles north.

Busses pass through the village, however the nearest trains run from Wadhurst about 10 miles north east, or Tunbridge Wells.

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The nicest views in the area are coming into the village from Heathfield, looking right towards Mayfield.

A second viewpoint is on the corner just as you leave the village on the way to Mayfield, again to the right.
Name Derivation TopSmall
Believed to have been derived from the 5 ash trees on the village green in the late 1500's.

Nearby Villages (within 6 miles)
Hadlow Down (Wealden Cannons and Charcoal) 1.7 miles
Cross in Hand (The Crusaders Assembly) 2.1 miles
Mayfield (Saint Dunstan and the Devil) 2.2 miles
Heathfield (19th Century Natural Gas) 2.7 miles
Cade Street (Jack Cade and the Kentish rebellion) 3.3 miles
Rotherfield (Source of the rivers Rother and Uck) 3.5 miles
Waldron (Fullers Earth) 3.6 miles
Buxted (The first Iron Cannon in England) 4.0 miles
High Hurstwood (Coming Soon) 4.0 miles
Blackboys (Charcoal and Soot) 4.1 miles
Mark Cross (Policeman arrests eccentric landowner) 4.5 miles
Crowborough (The home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) 4.7 miles
Vines Cross (Cannons and Doodlebugs) 4.7 miles
Framfield (380 years without a church tower) 4.8 miles
Horam (Which Station do we get off at ?) 4.9 miles
Warbleton (The Iron Man) 5.1 miles
Punnetts Town (The Windmill on the Hill) 5.2 miles
East Hoathly (Another Sussex Cannibal?) 5.3 miles
Burwash Common (Roughest pub in the South East) 5.4 miles
cuckfield () 5.6 miles
Uckfield (Traction Engine destroys bridge) 5.6 miles
Maresfield (Soldiers and Iron) 5.7 miles
Burwash Weald (Roughest pub in the South East) 5.8 miles
Fairwarp (Charcoal and the Army) 5.8 miles


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