with a population of just under 8,000, is situated in the extreme
south west corner of Kent on the borders of Surrey and Sussex.
developed in Roman times with the construction of the London to
Lewes road. Along the high street many ancient houses are to be
found with the 13th Century church a few yards away. The Great
Stone Bridge, crossing the River Eden, replaces an earlier one
iron workings and the tanning industry (closed in the '60s) gave
the town its prosperity.
The advent of the railways and the Redhill and Uckfield lines,
saw a rise in population. This contributed to the many fine Victorian
and Edwardian houses.
is a friendly and self-contained town. It has all the basic requirements
for day-to-day living - shops schools, doctors, dentists, hospital,
library and more than 70 clubs and societies. A general weekly market
is held on Thursdays.
are parks, a leisure centre with a swimming pool and all-weather
pitch, sports ground as well as ample opportunities for golf, tennis,
riding and walking.
night celebrations take place on the nearest Saturday to November
5. This commences with the grand torchlight procession followed
by tableaux, marching bands and walking parties. A firework display
concludes the festivities.