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What Is Life Like In Crowborough?
Crowborough is a pretty East Sussex market town, located just 7 miles from Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent. The picturesque town is surrounded by stunning countryside, including the famous Ashdown Forest (which inspired A.A.Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories!) and is in the High Weald Area of Outstanding National Beauty.
Unsurprisingly, Crowborough is one of East Sussex’s most desirable towns to live in – with a population of 25,000.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (the creator of Sherlock Homes), lived locally and is one of its most famous residents. There is even a statue dedicated to him in the town.
Other celebrity residents have included actors David Jason, Ross Kemp and Tom Baker, rugby player Dylan Hartley and astronaut Piers Sellers.
History Of Crowborough
Crowborough has been listed as Crohbergh, Crowbergh, Croweborowghe, Crowbarrow and Crowboro and its meaning is thought to come from croh (old English for golden-yellow) and berg, for hill. It’s believed that the beautiful yellow gorse that grows on Crowborough Beacon, could have influenced the town’s name.
During the 19th century, the town had started to expand rapidly with the opening of the railway in 1868 and visitors falling for the area’s charm and rolling countryside – so much so, that it became known as “Scotland in Sussex’. By 1895 the area (famed as a health resort) had a golf course and, shortly afterwards, built a fire station and hospital.
Since then, the town has continued to grow and over the last few decades has seen new homes built in Jarvis Brook, Whitehill, Alderbrook and Poundfield to cope with demand for living in this picture-perfect area.
Days Out In Crowborough
With the Ashdown Forest on Crowborough’s doorstep, there’s plenty of exploring to be done and things to keep residents and visitors alike busy! The forest is at the heart of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offers spectacular scenery across the Sussex countryside, along with walks, horse riding and wildlife.
The town boasts some of the best golfing experiences in the south, with the Crowborough Beacon Golf Club and the Boars Head Golf Centre attracting keen golfers from across the region.
Crowborough has a thriving community that organises exciting community events, throughout the year. One event not to be missed is the annual Carnival Night, usually taking place in September. Run by the Crowborough Bonfire and Carnival Society, the all-day event starts with a fete on the green and procession through the town during the evening, ending with a spectacular bonfire on Crowborough Green or at Goldsmiths Recreation Ground. The event has been running for over 70 years and raises £2,000 - £3,000, each time, for charity!
Located close by are the towns of Tunbridge Wells and Uckfield. With their plethora of things to see, do and eat they offer plenty of days out – all just a few miles from Crowborough.
Things To Do In Crowborough
Crowborough has many independent stores and well-known retailers including Waitrose and Morrisons, fulfilling local residents’ day-to-day shopping needs and more! The town holds its Farmers’ Market on the 4th Saturday of each month, with fresh local produce to buy.
The town also has an active sports community with groups such as Crowborough Athletic Football Club, Crowborough Rugby Football Club, Crowborough Tennis and Squash Club, Crowborough Netball, Crowborough Hockey Club and Crowborough Fishing Association, available to join (and support from the sidelines!).
There’s plenty of recreation grounds (including Goldsmiths Recreation Ground, Crowborough Common and Crowborough Country Park) in the town, providing outdoor space for relaxation and play. There is an impressive leisure centre, with gym, swimming pool, exercise studios, sports hall and café.
Are you a keen actor? Be sure to visit the Crowborough Players – a community group, based at the 300-seater hall at Crowborough Community Centre who put on regular performances and festive pantomimes.
Or, if food and drink is more your thing, indulge in one of the town’s many bars, restaurants and pubs! From Thai to Indian, Chinese to traditional English dishes, there’s dining options to suit all taste-buds and budgets!
Schools In Crowborough
Crowborough has a number of excellent schools and educational facilities within close proximity.
Primary and first schools include:
- Ashdown Primary School
- Jarvis Brook Primary School
- Mark Cross Church Of England Aided Primary School
- Rotherfield Primary School
- Sir Henry Fermor Church Of England Primary School
- St John's Church Of England Primary School
- St Marys Catholic Primary School
- Grove Park School
Secondary schools include:
- Beacon Academy
- Walsh Manor School
- Grove Park School
Higher education institutions include:
- Beacon Academy Sixth Form Centre
- Grove Park School
Transport In Crowborough
Crowborough is well connected and has a range of transport links.
Crowborough has regular services to London Bridge (taking just 68 minutes) and Uckfield (in 12 minutes).
Buses and coaches
The town is served by Arriva, Brighton & Hove buses and Renown Coaches operating routes to Tunbridge Wells, Brighton and surrounding villages.
Gatwick is the nearest airport to Crowborough; just 24 miles away.
Crowborough is conveniently located on the A26, which links the town to Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Mereworth to the north and Maresfield, Uckfield, Lewes and Newhaven to the south.Central London is 50 miles drive from the town, whilst Tunbridge Wells is 7 miles and Brighton is 26 miles away.