Hartfield is a small quaint village based on the edge of the Ashdown Forest. It’s name ‘Hartfield’ refers to the local large population of deer, as ‘Hart’ is an archaic word for male red deer stags. The village’s history is even documented in the Doomsday Book of 1086 when it had a population of only 8 households. 

Sweet cottages and historic hall houses line the High Street which still forms the hub of the village today. In many ways the village hasn’t changed a lot in the last 100 years or so. In the 1920s, the Milne family used to visit the village – the family frequented the doctor’s surgery, would visit the village shop, used the then-village station (which is now a play school). 

The village also has a beautiful church, St Mary the Virgin, which has origins dating back to the 13th century. Located in the centre of the village, you can see the spire and hear the bells from most points in Hartfield.

Sackville Cottage in Hartfield
Hartfield High Street 1930s


A small and busy village, car parking is free along Hartfield’s High Street. At peak times the High Streetcan get full quickly so ther is also weekend parking available at St Mary’s Primary School in the Village. Parking here is available strictly out of school times, so is only available at the weekends and during the school holidays.

The 291 bus which runs between Crawley and Tunbridge Wells passes through Hartfield. Get off and catch the bus from the stops in the High Street.