Chailey in East Sussex

Google map showing area surrounding Chailey
(The Heritage and Bricks)
Location: 50.956954,-0.018524
General Details
Chailey Sussex - The windmillChailey in East Sussex lies on the main East Grinstead to Lewes road and consists of three small villages North Common , Chailey village and South Common.

North Common lies on the cross roads of the East Grinstead to Lewes and the Heathfield to Horsham roads, the settlement being built up around a coaching inn. A church was built here in the 1800's but is now abandoned .

Chailey village is the old part of the village and lies about 2 miles south of North Common. The church is one of those in the area whose roof is tiled with Horsham Tiles but in Chailey's case most of the roof is covered, not like others which only have the tiles at the bottom of the roof.

South Common lies south of Chailey village and became famous for its bricks as it lies on a seam of Sussex Clay. In 1703 a Mr Norman set up a business in South Common to manufacture bricks the manufacture continued through 2 centuries until the mid 1900's.

In 1903 Dame Grace Kimmings and her friend Alice Rennis took in seven physically handicapped children from the East End of London . They provided accommodation and nursing facilities in an old workhouse. Nowadays Chailey Heritage provides care for a few hundred handicapped children.

This village is associated with the Sussex Bonfire Societies , who provide noisy processions, unbelievable outfits and fantastic firework displays throughout the month of November - a spectacle not to be missed.
Chailey East Sussex - St Peters churchThe green in Chailey in East Sussex village is very pretty , with the church and its Horsham Tiles providing a pretty spectacle.

The views from the churchyard south to the Downs are very pretty.
Chailey East Sussex - The greenChailey in East Sussex has a few local services as you would expect from a small village.

The nearest trains run from Haywards Heath .

The main shopping centre for the area is also at Haywards Heath .
Chailey 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)
3.39 miles
Buxted (The first Iron Cannon in England)6.97 miles
Fletching (Simon de Montfort and Jack Cade)
3.36 miles
Framfield (380 years without a church tower)6.44 miles
Halland (Ancient Slaughter)7.03 miles
Isfield (Simon de Montfort and the Lavender Line)3.97 miles
Maresfield (Soldiers and Iron)5.41 miles
Newick (Killer Cricket and Dirk Bogarde)1.94 miles
Piltdown (The Piltdown Man hoax)3.52 miles
Sheffield Park (Capability Brown and the Bluebell Line)3.52 miles
Uckfield (Traction Engine destroys bridge)5.05 miles
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