Living in Uckfield
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What Is Life Like In Uckfield?
Uckfield is a town in the East Sussex Weald, on the River Uck. It lies between Brighton and Eastbourne to the south, Tunbridge Wells to the north, and Gatwick Airport to the west. With a population of around 15,000. The town serves as a hub for nearby villages and rural areas. Its winning combination of rural location and good commuter links to London make Uckfield an appealing place to live.
There are many desirable housing areas in Uckfield. West Park, Ridgewood, Maresfield, Buxted, East Hoathly and Newick are the most sought after locations. Homes in these areas make excellent purchases for young families, retired couples and investors alike.
History Of Uckfield
Uckfield’s name comes from the River Uck that flows through the town. The town developed around a trade route river crossing used for wool and agricultural produce. The town was also a popular stop on the pilgrimage route to Canterbury Cathedral.
Uckfield remained a small village for many years; by 1800, the population was only 1,000. In 1858, the railway station opened, connecting Uckfield to the county town of Lewes. When this rail line was expanded to include a connection to London, Uckfield grew rapidly. By 1900, the population was almost 3,000.
Days Out In Uckfield
Uckfield’s location means that days out can be trips to nearby towns or explorations of the natural surroundings.
Both Lewes and Tunbridge Wells are a short journey away for historic buildings and castles. Brighton and Eastbourne are nearby as well, making excellent destinations for beach getaways and cultural excursions. The nearby Bluebell Railway and Lavender Line offer rides on preserved steam trains, while Heaven Farm provides 100 acres of beautiful countryside to roam, as well as a tea room and an organic farm shop.
Uckfield has plenty of natural reserves and green spaces for nature lovers to enjoy, most within walking distance of the town centre. West Park Reserve has woodland, wildlife and Mesolithic ruins. Hempstead Meadows, tucked behind the high street, has wetland flora and fauna, and Nightingale Wood is covered in bluebells and anemones in springtime. Uckfield is also near to the South Downs National Park, Sheffield Park Gardens and Ashdown Forest.
Things To Do In Uckfield
Uckfield has no shortage of local amenities and things to do. Restaurants include La Casa Pizza, Simply Italian, Pepper Dining (Indian), The Alma Arms pub and Twisted Lemon cocktail bar. The Bellbrook business park and the High Street are the central commerce hubs, with many smaller businesses in the outskirts of town. Shopping options include Tesco and Waitrose supermarkets, large retailers like WH Smith and many smaller speciality retailers.
Uckfield boasts one of the UK’s oldest cinemas, the Uckfield Picture House. Opened in 1916, the cinema has three screens, regular special events (including a weekly jazz night), and a delicious restaurant.
The Sussex tradition of bonfire and carnival processions is alive in Uckfield. The annual Uckfield Carnival takes place in the first week in September. There is also an annual Uckfield festival in July that includes crafts, music, food and a parade.
There are several local sports and leisure clubs, including Maresfield Bowling, Uckfield Rugby Club and the Uckfield Grasshoppers Junior Football Club. The Uckfield Leisure Centre offers an indoor pool and water slide, squash courts and a dance studio. There is also a golf course at nearby East Sussex National to the south of town.
Schools In Uckfield
Uckfield has several excellent schools.
Pre-schools and nurseries include:
- Fletching Pre-school
- Harlands Nursery Uckfield
- Holy Cross Nursery
- Hopscotch Pre School
- Little Acorns Playschool
Primary schools include:
- Bonners Cofe School
- Framfield Church Of England Primary School
- Harlands Primary School
- Holy Cross Church Of England Primary School
- Manor Primary School
- St Mark's Church Of England Primary School
- St Philip's Catholic Primary School
Secondary schools include:
- Uckfield has one secondary school – Uckfield Community Technology College
Transport In Uckfield
Uckfield is well-connected to other towns and major cities.
Uckfield Railway Station provides rail services to the town. The Oxted Line on Southern Rail Services connects Uckfield to London Bridge, with the scenic commute taking just over an hour.
Buses and coaches
There are regular bus services that connect Uckfield to surrounding towns. Bus services are operated by Brighton and Hove, Countryliner, Renown Coaches, Compass Bus and Eastbourne. National Express operates coaches to London.
Gatwick Airport is the nearest international airport, at 17 miles away. Brighton City Airport is the nearest municipal airport, at 14 miles away. Both are easily accessible by train and car.
The A2 and A22 connect Uckfield to London in roughly two hours. Brighton is 40 minutes away via the A27 and A26. Lewes and Tunbridge Wells are 20 and 35 minutes away respectively, via the A26.
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