Blackham

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Blackham
Sussex Oak Public House, Blackham, East Sussex - geograph.org.uk - 1140310.jpg
Sussex Oak Public House, Blackham
Blackham is located in East Sussex
Blackham
Blackham
Location within East Sussex
OS grid referenceTQ4993339506
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townTUNBRIDGE WELLS
Postcode districtTN3
Dialling code01892
PoliceSussex
FireEast Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
East Sussex
51°08′07″N 0°08′30″E / 51.135208°N 0.141622°E / 51.135208; 0.141622Coordinates: 51°08′07″N 0°08′30″E / 51.135208°N 0.141622°E / 51.135208; 0.141622

Blackham is a village in the Wealden district of East Sussex. It lies within the Withyham civil parish. Its nearest town is Royal Tunbridge Wells, which lies approximately 5.3 miles (8.5 km) east from the village. The village is situated on the East Sussex-Kent border.

The name Blackham (Black Hamlet) comes from the village being known as the resting place for smugglers returning from the coast with their booty as it was exactly one day's ride from Dover. At the time, it was described as a 'den of iniquity' due to the raucous and often violent behaviour of the smugglers.

Hever Castle (the childhood home of Anne Boleyn), Penshurst Place and Bolebroke Castle, all regularly frequented by Henry VIII are all within 4 miles of Blackham as is the village of Hartfield - the home of Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh, and the actual "Pooh Bridge" location in Ashdown Forest where people still play poohsticks.