St Leonard's Church
Turners Hill shown within West Sussex
|Area||13.90 km2 (5.37 sq mi) |
|Population||1,849  2001 Census|
|- Density||133 /km2 (340 /sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|- London||27 miles (43 km) N|
|Civil parish||Turners Hill|
|Shire county||West Sussex|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
Turners Hill is a village and civil parish in the Mid Sussex District of West Sussex, England. The civil parish covers an area of 1,390 hectares (3,400 acres), and has a population of 1,849 (2001 census).
The village is located three miles (5 km) south-west of East Grinstead, four miles (6 km) to the south-east of the Crawley New Town area and stands on a steep ridge line at one of the highest points (580 feet above sea level) of the High Weald, where two historically important routes, the B2110 and B2028, cross.
In the centre is the village green which, together with the shops, the Crown pub and the Free Church, form the focal point. The village has two churches, St Leonard's Anglican church, on a ridge of the hill, and Turners Hill Free Church. St Leonard's was built in 1895-7 by Lacy Ridge, with porches and the rock-faced tower added by Sir Aston Webb in 1923. The stained glass windows are all by Charles Eamer Kempe. The reredos seems to be a composite of salvaged pieces from different sources. The Free Church building dates from 1906 and replaced a church on the same site formed in 1824 by members of Zion Chapel in East Grinstead and the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion.
The village has two pubs, the Crown and the Red Lion. Facilities for football, netball, five-a-side and tennis are available on the large recreation ground while the cricket club now has its own ground. There is a Victorian primary school, Turners Hill Church of England primary school, which has recently been extended, and has a wind turbine. Pupils usually move to Imberhorne School after year six. A community centre, The Ark, and parish council facilities involving a village housing scheme has been built adjacent to the recreation ground.
The area to the north of the cross-roads represents the major residential development in recent years while the older parts of the village, and in particular Lion Lane, have retained their historic character. Many buildings date from the 17th and 18th centuries and a number have been listed by the Department of the Environment. The village centre with its pubs and churches has been designated a conservation area.
Football is a very popular sport in the village. There are two football teams, Turners Hill and Turners Hill reserves. Football is often played at the recreation ground (always called "the rec or the ark" by villagers) for fun as well as by all three teams. There is a traditional rivalry with the nearest village Crawley Down. The rec also holds events such as the annual village fair.
The village is known as one of the hardest sections of the London to Brighton bike ride, perhaps second only to Ditchling Beacon, and every year causes severe congestion.
Within the parish, there is a Site of Special Scientific Interest also called Turners Hill. This is a disused quarry whose workings have left vertical sections in the sandstone making it a valuable resource for paeleoenvironmental research.
Antiques appraiser David Battie, who is an expert on Antiques Roadshow and previously at Sotheby's. Olympic athlete Daley Thompson lived in the village for a short time. Jimmy Page, former guitarist for Led Zeppelin, currently owns a house near the village. Phatfish singer Lou Fellingham grew up in the village and attended the Free Church. Olympic athlete (4th 1984 Olympic 5,000m) and TV Commentator Tim Hutchings was brought up in the cottage next to the White Hart Inn, 1.5 miles to the south of the village, and attended Worth Abbey School.
In 1992 Turners Hill entered into a Town Twinning relationship with St Leger en Yvelines in the Île-de-France region of France. The active Turners Hill Twinning Association meets at monthly social events and has an annual exchange visit with the residents of St Leger, each town visiting the other on a bi-annual rotation.
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