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Folkington lies about 1 mile south of the busy A27 quite near to Polegate . This very small village nestles in a valley cut into the Downs like many others in this area. The village which has been known as Fowington centres around Folkington Manor.

The Domesday book records it as Fochintone, then in the twelfth century to Fokyngton and from the mid eighteenth century as Folkington.

In the early 1300's Viscount Monckton the owner of Folkington Manor became advisor to King Edward III .

From 1331 the Broadcloth industry was started in England and Folkington was one of the villages which produced teasles used to process the wool farmed on the Downs prior to its manufacture into cloth.

The famous herbalist Nicholas Culpepper lived in Folkington in the 1600's He was an apprentice to the local apothecary, and claimed to be a 'student of physic and healing'. in 1640's he was well known for his lectures and the book known as his Herball.

In the 1960's Lady Monckton from Folkington introduced the Badger Protection Act into the House of Lords.


Folkington has no services, and its nearest shops are at Polegate about 2 miles east. The nearest main shopping centre is in Eastbourne about 4 miles east.

Busses pass along the busy A27, but none come into the village.

Trains can be caught at Polegate station.


Folkington lies on a quiet backwater in a valley into the Downs , and is surrounded by the rolling hills and beautiful views of this stretch of Sussex .

The village itself consists of only a few houses and the church which is very pretty.

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