Rushlake Green Village Leaf

Rushlake Green

(the un-official history)

(This is a placeholder for a more seriously researched history of the village, which we are hoping to add shortly)

The early history of the village is rooted in the local iron industry. The remains of the ancient hammer ponds are still visible where the river, still running orange with ferrous deposits, passes along the valley to the west, and local place names such as ‘Furnace Field’ provide clues to the once busy ironworks where ship’s canons and anchors were cast.

Amongst the earliest recorded houses in the village are Dog Cottage, Pond Cottage and Old Allis, all dating back to the second half of the 16th Century. The Old Post Office, The Cottage, The Horse & Groom, The Oakes and Old Fern Cottage were added in the 17th Century with Diamond Cottage, Great Crouches, Tudor Cottage, Vines Cottage, The Grantees and Tom Beckworth all appearing in the first half of the 18th Century.

By the end of the 19th Century, the village had developed into a thriving community, with nearby Heathfield and Hailsham expanding rapidly as a result of the commercial infusion brought to the locality by the steam railway. And by the early part of the 20th Century, Rushlake Green itself had, in addition to the school, the general stores and the post office, a dress-makers, a bakery, a cobbler, a butcher (with slaughterhouse behind) and a garage.

Today only the shop, the pub and the church at Warbleton remain as the heart of the community, but the village itself is still thriving and in many ways is still as it was several hundred years ago.  And many of the houses, although frequently modified and expanded along the way, still retain the architectural framework, materials and period details of their original construction when the village was first beginning to develop as a community.