Blackboys in East Sussex

Google map showing area surrounding Blackboys
(Charcoal and Soot)
Location: 50.960092,0.149733
General Details
Blackboys Sussex - The high streetBlackboys in East Sussex is a small village which lies inland from the South Downs and near to the Ashdown Forest in East Sussex in Southern England . It lies on the Heathfield to Lewes main road. The Blackboys Inn was founded in the 1300's and was known as a coaching establishment. It is also possible that the Inn was founded as a drivers overnight resting place for those transporting the charcoal from the local woods to Lewes and other towns.

It is likely that the majority of the charcoal was used by the nearby Buxted foundry where it is believed that the first iron cannon in England was made in 1543. The main business of the village stopped in the early 1800's when the iron industry moved north to the Midlands with their large deposits of coal.
Blackboys East Sussex - The view towards Hadlow Down ()Blackboys in East Sussex has really nice views to the north over the valley the whole area is quiet and peaceful.

The valley to the north is quite steep, and leads to Buxted where the first cannons in England were produced.
Blackboys Sussex - The Uckfield roadThe village only has a few local services, with the nearest shopping centres in Heathfield to the east and Uckfield to the west.

The nearest trains run from Uckfield to London.
Blackboys is shown as the red symbol on the map.

Nearby Villages

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Village= Town= Recorded in Domesday=
Barcombe (Village in three places)
6.57 miles
Broad Oak (Smallpox at the Academy)6.12 miles
Buxted (The first Iron Cannon in England)2.17 miles
Cade Street (Jack Cade and the Kentish rebellion)5.89 miles
Chailey (The Heritage and Bricks)7.37 miles
Chiddingly (Walking on Cheese ??)
4.19 miles
Cooksbridge (Simon de Montforts cook)7.99 miles
Cross in Hand (The Crusaders Assembly)3.37 miles
East Hoathly (Another Sussex Cannibal?)2.48 miles
Five Ashes (Vast collection of rock plants)4.28 miles
Fletching (Simon de Montfort and Jack Cade)
5.55 miles
Framfield (380 years without a church tower)0.99 miles
Hadlow Down (Wealden Cannons and Charcoal)2.89 miles
Halland (Ancient Slaughter)2.22 miles
Heathfield (19th Century Natural Gas)
4.69 miles
Horam (Which Station do we get off at ?)4.49 miles
Isfield (Simon de Montfort and the Lavender Line)4.10 miles
Maresfield (Soldiers and Iron)3.75 miles
Newick (Killer Cricket and Dirk Bogarde)6.00 miles
Piltdown (The Piltdown Man hoax)4.32 miles
Sheffield Park (Capability Brown and the Bluebell Line)6.83 miles
Uckfield (Traction Engine destroys bridge)2.39 miles
Vines Cross (Cannons and Doodlebugs)5.35 miles
Waldron (Fullers Earth)
2.46 miles
Warbleton (The Iron Man)
6.21 miles
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