Broad Oak in East Sussex

Google map showing area surrounding Broad Oak
(Smallpox at the Academy)
Location: 50.977700,0.286760
General Details
Broad Oak Sussex - High Street facing WestBroad Oak in East Sussex is located on the old Ridgeway, which is now the A265, about 2 miles to the East of the market town of Heathfield .

In the 1816 the most important house in the village was taken on lease by John Francis. He set up a boarding school named the 'Broad Oak Academy'. It had about 60 day scholars and 40 boarders, most were children of prosperous tradesmen and farmers. Unfortunately an outbreak of smallpox among the children in 1829, caused the Academy to be closed down, and Mr Francis moved over the county border to Cranbrook . Prior to his departure he issued a curious handbill, defending himself against charges of negligence and concealment which had been spread around. It was printed in a variety of type faces, and began 'Mr Francis ..... has deeply to lament, that after a residence in Broad Oak for about 13 years, there should be found one capable of endeavouring to conceal such a dreadful disease in his house, and thereby expose his neighbours and nearly a hundred children under his tuition to its direful contagion.' One of Broad Oaks more famous villagers was Frank Bruno the boxer, who was resident in the village when he was a child.
Broad Oak East Sussex - Down the hill to MayfieldJust before you enter the village from the East, look to your left, towards Cade Street , across the Heathfield horse racing turf.

Again, coming into the village from the east, turn right down the hill towards Mayfield . The view across the valley towards Wadhurst is quite spectacular.
Broad Oak East Sussex - St George churchBroad Oak in East Sussex has few services, and most that are needed can be found in the local town of Heathfield .

The Hawkhurst to Heathfield bus route travels through the village.

The nearest trains can be caught at Stonegate about 7 miles north east.

The nearest major shopping areas are Hastings about 15 miles south east, Tunbridge Wells about 13 miles north and Eastbourne approx 13 miles south.
Broad Oak is shown as the red symbol on the map.

Nearby Villages

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Village= Town= Recorded in Domesday=
Blackboys (Charcoal and Soot)6.12 miles
Brightling (famous for Mad Jack Fuller)
5.01 miles
Burwash (The home of Rudyard Kipling)4.68 miles
Burwash Common (Roughest pub in the South East)2.43 miles
Burwash Weald (Roughest pub in the South East)2.86 miles
Buxted (The first Iron Cannon in England)6.81 miles
Cade Street (Jack Cade and the Kentish rebellion)0.78 miles
Cross in Hand (The Crusaders Assembly)2.78 miles
Dallington (Custers Last Stand!)
3.76 miles
East Hoathly (Another Sussex Cannibal?)6.41 miles
Etchingham (The oldest Brass Weather Vane in the country)7.01 miles
Five Ashes (Vast collection of rock plants)3.42 miles
Hadlow Down (Wealden Cannons and Charcoal)4.66 miles
Halland (Ancient Slaughter)7.41 miles
Heathfield (19th Century Natural Gas)
1.53 miles
Horam (Which Station do we get off at ?)3.61 miles
Mayfield (Saint Dunstan and the Devil)
3.17 miles
Netherfield (Village at the top of the Hill)
6.84 miles
Penhurst (Beautiful yet Remote)
6.59 miles
Punnetts Town (The Windmill on the Hill)1.90 miles
Rushlake Green (Open Village and Nuclear Bunker)2.74 miles
Stonegate (Ancient Roman Cross Road)5.51 miles
Vines Cross (Cannons and Doodlebugs)2.93 miles
Waldron (Fullers Earth)
4.01 miles
Warbleton (The Iron Man)
2.56 miles
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