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(Simon de Montfort and Jack Cade)

Domesday Community

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The village was mentioned in the Domesday Book , but without a church.

It is likely that Fletching was an Anglo Saxon fort which was founded in the late 400's AD .

The village was a major producer of Bows and Arrows from the 13th Century and these were used in the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. (many thanks to Graham Vincent for providing the above details)

The village lies at one of the entrances to the current Sheffield Park , and it seems likely the main reason the church was constructed was for spiritual guidance of the Lords of the Manor. The present church was started in the late 1100's and was completed in 1230, and is one of the largest in the area.

In 1264 Simon de Montfort stopped at Fletching for the Bishop of Worcester to celebrate mass and bless the troops before the Battle of Lewes, in which Simon defeated King Henry III's troops, who arrived from the east via Flimwell , Hurst Green and Battle .

In 1450 the great rebellion of Jack Cade effected the village, Peter Denot a glover and others from the village took part in the uprising, but were subsequently pardoned.

The church has had its share of famous people associated with it:- There is a fine brass of Sir Walter Dalyngrigge and his wife in the church from about 1380 , one of Sir Walters sons Sir Edwards was responsible for building the last great medieval castle at Bodiam .

The High Sheriff of Sussex and Surrey, Richard Leche who died in 1596 is remembered by the full size alabaster figures of himself and his wife Charitye.

The Neville Family who owned Eridge Park left their mark on the church by leaving some of their armour in the church, this dates from about 1720.

The author Edward Gibbons was buried in the mausoleum in 1794, it was he who wrote 'The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire'.

During the late 1800's hop growing came to the area, and the crops were carried to the large towns by the railway from nearby Isfield .

This village is associated with the Sussex Bonfire Societies , who provide noisy processions, unbelievable outfits and fantastic firework displays throughout the month of November - a spectacle not to be missed.

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The village has the usual local services, with its nearest main town being Uckfield , a few miles to the East.

The nearest trains also run from Uckfield .

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St Andrew & St Mary the Virgin church (Fletching East Sussex)
Fletching village is a very old and very pretty village, although a bit overgrown with that modern weed the motorcar.

The view from the road junction beside the church is really good in all directions, with the high street and its black and white houses just providing the best view.
Name Derivation TopSmall
This village is a Saxon village one of the first to be settled by Aelle around 477AD.

Fletching is derived from Flesc(flesh) ing(fort or stronghold) so it translates to the Flesh Fort. As it is far up the ouse valley in the forest of Andredweald it was probably where the hunting and slaughtering of deer and boar took place. Its easy routes via the river to Malling and further south would make it a good location for this industry .

In the Domesday book of 1086 it is recorded as Flescinges, becoming Fleshing in the middle 1200's , finally Fletching after the Battle of Agincourt in 1415 .

The place names ending in ing,inge or ings were usually found on higher ground, or in places which control strategic points, and appear to surround areas first settled by the Saxons.

Nearby Villages (within 6 miles)
Newick (Killer Cricket and Dirk Bogarde) 1.1 miles
Sheffield Park (Capability Brown and the Bluebell Line) 1.1 miles
Piltdown (The Piltdown Man hoax) 1.5 miles
Maresfield (Soldiers and Iron) 2.7 miles
Chailey (The Heritage and Bricks) 3.0 miles
Danehill (Stopping point between London and Lewes) 3.1 miles
Nutley (Edward III and the Post Mill) 3.1 miles
cuckfield () 3.3 miles
Fairwarp (Charcoal and the Army) 3.3 miles
Uckfield (Traction Engine destroys bridge) 3.3 miles
scayneshill () 3.5 miles
Spithurst (Coming Soon) 3.5 miles
Isfield (Simon de Montfort and the Lavender Line) 3.7 miles
Little Horsted () 3.8 miles
Chelwood Gate (UK) 4.2 miles
Buxted (The first Iron Cannon in England) 4.3 miles
High Hurstwood (Coming Soon) 4.6 miles
Framfield (380 years without a church tower) 4.8 miles
wivelsfield () 5.4 miles
Barcombe (Village in three places) 5.5 miles
Blackboys (Charcoal and Soot) 5.6 miles


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