insideSUSSEX Magazine Issue 14 - April 2016 - Page 58

TOWNSPOTLIGHT S P OT L I G H T O N UCKFIELD BY LISAMARIE LAMB Uckfield is a town in East Sussex that has plenty of history for those interested in the past, as well as a bright future for those who are keen to see the town expand. With its plethora of things to do and places to eat, its enviable position in the county, and its myths and stories creating a fascinating backstory, Uckfield is proud to be able to look forward and back with equal confidence. History in Brief Due to its handy position, Uckfield first rose to prominence in the thirteenth century as the perfect place for pilgrims to stop when they were travelling to Canterbury from Chichester and Lewes. Although at first there wasn’t much there for the weary pilgrims, merchants and locals alike soon understood that there was money to be made, and within just a few short years inns, shops, markets and services sprang up and the town grew. 58 An excerpt from Thomas Walker Horsfield’s 1835 book, The History, Antiquities, and Topography of the County of Sussex, describes Uckfield wonderfully: “The town itself is remarkably neat; the houses are good, and many of them large and elegant. The neighbourhood is distinguished for its picturesque scenery; and the lover of nature may find his taste amply gratified, whether he rambles towards the stately mansion of Buxted, or lose himself in the rich and romantic grounds of Copwood.”