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St John the Baptist church (Westfield East Sussex)
Westfield lies about 4 miles north of Hastings on the A28, it consists mostly of modern red brick houses, the original weather boarded centre lies on the back road to Guestling , around the Plough Inn.

In the Domesday Book, Westfield appears as Westwelle, and at this time there was a pit for 'trial by water', the village was owned by the Count of Eu .

In 1291 the responsibility of the Parish was given to the monks of Battle Abbey Westfield is another of the villages in the area, where the old village centre is quite a distance away from the church. This is likely to have been caused by the Black Death of 1348. The settlement that used to be based around the of church was moved because of the number of plague victims in the churchyard.

On November 5th 1908, Westfield's last windmill was burnt down. As it was the evening of the village Bonfire Societies torch light procession, naturally the Bonfire Boys fell under suspicion. However , nothing was ever proved and so the culprits were never found.

The church of St John the Baptist stands at the southern end of the village. It's south door is iron-banded, and made of oak, and dated 1542.

It was originally built by the Saxons, and later extended and expanded by the Normans. The pulpit is Jacobean, the font 14th century, and the tall wooden canopy covering it was carved in the late 17th century.


 Old village centre.
The hourly Hastings to Tenterden bus route passes through the village.

The nearest station is in Hastings , with an hourly journey to London, Eastbourne and Ashford . The nearest local station is at Doleham Halt on the Ashford line.

The main shopping centre is Hastings about 4 miles South.


The main high street is straight for a long distance, and provides a very open vista.

The old village has a number of timber framed houses, these can be found by turning towards Guestling from the cross roads in the village centre. The 1066 Country Walk runs through the village.

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