Medieval Farmstead at Buckham Hill, Immediately North and South East of Princes

East Sussex

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Farmstead
Medieval

Data Source

English Heritage

County Council

East Sussex County Council

District Council

Wealden District Council

Parish

Isfield

Parliamentary Constituency

Wealden

Grid Reference

OV453453 (545278, 120521)

WGS84 Coordinates

50.9652, 0.0691286

Nearest Postcode

TN22 5XY

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Notes

The remains of a medieval farmstead and an area of associated closes, or small fields, situated on a sandstone hill around 2km south west of Uckfield. Historial and placename evidence suggests that the settlement had been established by the early 13th century. A 1971 survey located the main farmstaed buildings, surviving as below ground remains, near the western edge of the monument, at the north western end of a NNW-SSE aligned, contemporary roadway, represented by a deep hollow way. The associated closes cover the remainder of the monument in an irregular grid pattern and take the form of at least six small rectangular fields enclosed by ditches which are now dry. A pond located in the south eastern corner of the monument is also believed to date to the medieval period, and surface finds of iron-working slag indicate the presence of a forge or furnace here during the medieval and/or early post-medieval periods. An 1829 survey and plan of the Rocks Estate, of which the by then abandoned farmstead formed a part, records the old field names within the monument. The survey records the south eastern field as Old Ford. This has been interpreted as a misspelling of Old Forge, providing further evidence for the iron-working carried out here.

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