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I'm from Uckfield, and I was wondering if there is anyone else who is reading this as well? Please reply if you are.

Hi, I'm from Uckfield too, so at least one other person has read the article!

Hello! I'm writing from St. Joseph, Michigan, USA. Our local community theatre, Twin City Players ( is currently producing the play Present Laughter written by Noel Coward in 1943. One of its characters is Roland Maule, a slightly daffy playwright from Uckfield. Just wondering if there's anybody in town by that name. If so, feel free to e-mail Steve at


I'm from Uckfield too!! What sort of stuff needs to go on here to upgrade it from a stub?? What sort of stuff should I write? '''Initial ideas are:'''

Some descriptive stuff ie. Uckfield has a central high street where 90% of it's retail facilities lie. There are 2 main supermarkets and a large variety of other shops including many estate agents & charity shops. Towards one end of town is Uckfield's industrial estate, home to some very small companies, through to some of those like OWL video systems who do millions of £'s of turnover a year.

Some description of groups: Young One's, Town Council, Churches, Cubs/Scouts/Guides, International Animal Rescue,

Schools Holy X, Rocks Park, Manor, UCTC,

That all sounds good! Also maybe that Friday-Ad and Piece of Cake started here, the floods in 2000, the Uckfield Festival...


Perhaps the The population of Uckfield in ... was ... etc could be moved to a separate statistics section, rather than being in prose in the main text? Zaettar 09:30, 28 April 2006 (UTC)

More suggestions.[edit]

I live nearby. These are just some items I am aware of, but the facts need researching.

  • The Uckfield bypass. It made a big difference, any statistics. Was there a Uckfield bypass campaign, why is it a single carriageway?
  • Around ten years ago, the town was flooded. Details, pictures.
The town floods every six years or so. Michaelritchie200 18:54, 21 January 2007 (UTC)
I had some pictures of the 2000/2001 floods, but I've changed pcs twice since, so it'll take some digging to find them. Kelvingreen 22:50, 21 January 2007 (UTC)
  • After the railway line was closed, and Uckfield became a terminus, the trains still had to cross the road (level crossing)to get into the station. I was told that it was like that for ages when someone had the idea of moving the station to the other side of the road, eliminating the crossing. I know the station was moved, but is it true that it was the result of sudden inspiration?

MortimerCat 22:49, 3 September 2006 (UTC)


The bypass was built as single carriageway because the original plans (in the 30s) were single and they were just carried out from there the local council didn't want to cause uproar at upgrading the road; newer connecting roads in the area are build to be wider (presumably to increase capacity) after the bypass was built when separate applications were put in Profjack (talk) 16:29, 6 May 2009 (UTC)

Ucca's Feld?[edit]

The origin of the town's name seems very certain; is it possible to see some sources linked/quoted? I only ask because I was under the impresson that no one really knew where the name came from. The theory I'd heard most commonly was of a Saxon lord called Ucca who'd set up a settlement ("feld") there. Kelvingreen 07:27, 10 October 2006 (UTC)

I agree. At primary school in the town in the 1970s we were always taught that the name meant "Oak in Field", and that the river was named after the town. Town crests featuring oak trees are based on this theory I believe.Mralph72 02:07, 5 November 2006 (UTC)

The current Etymology section is a poorly written and totally unsourced mish-mash of conjecture. Celtic "high" AND Celtic "water"? Or perhaps it's really "oak" after all... More research needed! -- Picapica (talk) 18:53, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

The army at Uckfield[edit]

My uncle was stationed at Uckfield when he was doing his national service in 1950. Is there an army base around here still? He was in the Intelligence Corps, but I don't know if that was after he left Uckfield and was posted elsewhere. 15:56, 25 June 2007 (UTC)

I think that some of the Manor Park estate was once barracks (or at least that there were barracks up that end of town), but I can't be sure. Kelvingreen (talk) 11:01, 27 December 2007 (UTC)


Sorry I did not mean to damage the article was not meant to be vandalisim. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 03jmgibbens (talkcontribs) 18:11, 4 February 2009 (UTC)

Rewrite: comments[edit]

This article [1], the Wikipedia notes on writing about settlements, suggests a certain layout. I have followed it as closely as I can: you will see that it helps a great deal in putting the right things in the right places and reminds an editor what can be included. The comments above often talk about about quite small matters IMO, which are not really necessary in an encyclopaedia article. I have also reduced the rail section: all the comments hitherto are all included in the Wealden Line article as well as the station one. The same thing applies to the history section: as long as the main things are included, a reader who wants to go further can look up the reference I have quoted.

I hope that any future editors can add more - there are plenty of gaps! Nothing about sport; or the industry in Uckfield to give just two examples. I know very little about the place, but have been able to Google quite a bit!!! Peter Shearan (talk) 16:17, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

See the comments below. Regards, FM talk to me | show contributions ]  14:26, 15 February 2009 (UTC)

Automated Peer Review[edit]

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You may wish to browse through User:AndyZ/Suggestions for further ideas. Thanks, Regards, FM talk to me | show contributions ]  14:26, 15 February 2009 (UTC)


I removed the claim that the Uckfield Tesco was the most profitable per m2. I investigated and found no further independent evidence, but found evidence of other stores making that claim, for example this news story ++ MortimerCat (talk) 23:57, 15 March 2009 (UTC)

Fiona Renton[edit]

WHY WAS THE ENTRY ON FIONA RENTON DELETED!!!! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:46, 9 August 2009 (UTC)

I removed it as I cannot see enough notability for her to be on this list, no personal page, and no verifiable sources online. More that happy for it to be put back if you can show notability. Bacchus87 (talk) 15:39, 9 August 2009 (UTC)


Could someone consider updating this page as the information is at risk of becoming out of date, I also feel that their are too many sections contained within the page. Below I've listed a few of the more significant things that maybe worthy of mention on Wikipedia. Their are also continuing citation issues that need addressing.

1. Uckfield Town Centre Regeneration [1]. 2. Ridgewood Farm [2]. 3. Uckfield Floods (2014) [3]. Arkhangelsk185 (talk) 21:36, 28 December 2014 (UTC)

I've removed the "Great Fire of Uckfield" section whilst I recognise this is a significant local event, I don't believe the event warrants it's length, and that it'd be better to add a smaller section within the article. I've also removed a section on the picture house as I feel it should be discussed whether to add it into the history section, in it's present form I don't think culture is the correct section for it to be in.

I've also updated what I can in the governance section and provided citations where their previously none, this includes in the demographics.

I've also added information regarding the recent town developments, I've kept the tone neutral, although I'm aware there has been significant concern locally. Their may be warrant to mention the Save our Street (SOS) campaign by Charles Mears Lamb, anything in the main article needs to remain neutral and evaluate both sides of the argument including Uckfield Town Councils (UTC) planned consultation e.t.c. At this time I've not mentioned Ridgewood Farm, as a planning application has not been submitted. The current proposal may warrant a sentence about the towns long-term development though e.t.c

I've merged Church street into the History section as I feel this is more appropriate. I also feel that their maybe good reason to create a section on Bridge Farm Cottage given its history and current renovation.

The culture section could be rewrote completely as the information is outdated in a number of places, I also believe Uckfield FM was granted a new license in 2014 for a period of five years [4]. This should be reflected in the article if it's worthy of mention.

I've also retitled the Mysteries section as "Folklore" as that is what most of the material is with the exception of Lord Lucan, if people feel this is wrong I'm open to suggestions.

Finally I've merged the nature reserves into the geography section, I've done this as they're closely related.

The original text can be found below:

The 2012 High Street Fire (dubbed "The Great Fire of Uckfield" by residents) was a large fire caused by teenagers that in the late hours of September 3, 2012 destroyed 5 businesses. At around 11 o'clock, 3 teenagers set fire to a small row of shops on the High Street via the bins[5] located off a small side road. The fire spread up the wall with the help of a ventilation fan into the roof and eventually cost damage amounting to an estimated £2 million[6] pounds, taking 2 years to rebuild. The fire destroyed two charity shops (Sense and British Heart Foundation), a small independent nail bar, the local Halifax bank and some offices located in the roof space. Local residents described it as a "surreal experience" that was "horrible to watch".[7] The next day, the High Street remained closed to traffic[8] whilst the safe from the Halifax bank was removed. 3 teenagers were arrested for Arson with intent to danger lives, the ring leader was jailed for 12 months for the arson, and was also sentenced to two years for a string of burglaries across East Sussex. Several homes were evacuated whilst the flames spread through the roof space, and it was thought the neighbouring HSBC bank may also catch on fire. The blaze could be seen from many miles around and it is considered a major event in the recent history of Uckfield. Arkhangelsk185 (talk) 01:06, 29 December 2014 (UTC)

I've created sub-headings for Uckfield FM as well as creating new sections on the Uckfield Festival & Bridge Cottage. I would strongly encourage peer review of my edits and for people to consider whether any additional information should be added. I'd also encourage discussion on the points I've raised above. Arkhangelsk185 (talk) 13:12, 29 December 2014 (UTC)


Hamilton Palace[edit]

I've updated the "notable people" section with regards to Nicholas van Hoogstraten. I'm conscious that there is/was a need for additional citations and as a result I've attempted to restructure the sentences to reflect the ambiguity over whether works are ongoing. If there are concerns about my edit or how we can move the subject forward, please leave a comment below. Arkhangelsk185 (talk) 23:00, 18 March 2016 (UTC)