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(Cannons and Doodlebugs)
Vines Cross is a small village lying between Old Heathfield , Horam and
Herstmonceux in a fairly sparsely populated area.
The valley to the north was a major cannon manufacturing area, with the
remnants of the old dam which provided power still visible to the east
from the Old Heathfield road. One of the old farms, Boring House Farm
further downstream shows where the cannons were bored to the correct
During the Second World War , Vines Cross had the dubious honour of being the
second village in the area to be hit by bombs and doodlebugs . Streeton Nursery at
Vine Cross was hit by a bomb on 17th July 1944, and Riverdale Nursery at Horam
was hit by a doodlebug 16th June 1944.
| Vines Cross has a few services with its garage and post office, the
public house and a plant nursery providing for the locals.
The nearest main shopping centre is at Heathfield about 3 miles north
west. Trains are not located very close, but can be caught at Polegate
about 8 miles to the south or Stonegate a similar distance to the north.
| Vines Cross is on top of a hill, and the views across the valley
towards Warbleton is magnificent.
On the Rushlake Green road, the old farm with its duckpond, ducks
and geese is a picture on a sunny day.