Westfield, East Sussex

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Coordinates: 50°55′N 0°35′E / 50.91°N 0.58°E / 50.91; 0.58

Westfield
The Oast House, Eighteen Pounder Lane, Westfield, East Sussex - geograph.org.uk - 685784.jpg
Westfield is located in East Sussex
Westfield
Westfield
 Westfield shown within East Sussex
Area  19.1 km2 (7.4 sq mi) [1]
Population 2,618 (Parish-2007)[1]
    - Density  355 /sq mi (137 /km2)
OS grid reference TQ811154
    - London  51 miles (82 km) NW 
District Rother
Shire county East Sussex
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HASTINGS
Postcode district TN35
Dialling code 01424
Police Sussex
Fire East Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Hastings and Rye
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England
East Sussex

Known as Westewelle in the Domesday survey, Westfield in the Rother District of East Sussex is one of the largest villages in the area with a population of around 2,750. The village lies five miles (8 km) north of Hastings. Carr-Taylor Vineyards is situated nearby. There is still a village shop, newsagents, butchers and hairdressers, although the post office closed in November 2000. There are two pubs: The Old Courthouse originally The New Inn and The Plough. Westfield Board School opened in 1877 and is a popular choice with parents within the surrounding areas

A prominent sight when entering the village from the south is the church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist. Its many features include extensive buttressing, a 12th-century porch and a 14th-century font with an elaborate 17th-century cover. Above the door to the tower there is carved a Royal Coat of Arms with the list of vicars since 1250 set below. Looking towards the nave there is a Norman arch with squint windows to the side, cut through the 32 inches of stone. Another feature at the road entrance is the lychgate, with its four carved angels; this was added in 1887. The history of Westfield has been extensively researched by a resident of Westfield descended from a family who appear in the records from 1552.[2] Westfield Football Club play in the Sussex County League Division Two.[3]

Landmarks[edit]

The parish contains a Site of Special Scientific InterestMaplehurst Wood. This is a 78 acres (32 ha) ancient woodland containing a range of flora and avian fauna. It is the only East Sussex site for Herb Paris (Paris quadrifolia).[4]

Sport and leisure[edit]

Westfield has a Non-League football club Westfield (Sussex) F.C. who play at The Parish Field.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "East Sussex in Figures". East Sussex County Council. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  2. ^ Westfield History website
  3. ^ Westfield Football Club website
  4. ^ SSSI Citation — Maplehurst Wood (PDF). Natural England. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 

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