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The local area guide to living in Danehill

Five miles from Haywards Heath lies the town of Danehill, just on the outskirts of Ashdown Forest, the “Five Hundred Acre Wood” – famous for being the inspiration for the “Hundred Acre Wood”, the setting of A.A. Milne’s “Winnie-the-Pooh stories. If you visit Ashdown Forest, you can find the bridge that A.A. Milne used for the “Poohsticks” bridge in his beloved books. Other things to visit are the Ashdown Forest Llama Park, Old Lodge Nature Reserve and the Ashdown Forest Centre itself.

The origin of the town can be traced back to the year 1265, which is when the first evidence of written history is dated. Danehill had built its first permanent houses by 1400 and due to the well maintained and upgraded roads, the town attracted more and more wealthy residents. Even a member of the nobility settled here in 1769 - Lord Sheffield. You will find there are various roads and a park named in his honour.

Information about the local residents

Danehill and the closely surrounding areas have a total population of 5,346 people, according to the 2011 Census. The majority of the residents are aged between 45 and 64 years – making up 32.6% overall. 71.3% of those residents are in employment, with the most common field of industry being Human Health and Social Work Activities with 12.2% of the market share. Unemployment is at 2% - this being mostly due to the fact that a large number of residents are retired – 55.7% of the economically inactive, in fact.

As you may have expected from a secluded town in East Sussex, 92.8% of the population in Danehill are White British. While perhaps not a culturally vibrant area, you can be sure to find shops that cater specifically for halal and kosher food, despite the real minority that exists here.

Nearby schools

Danehill has five schools in the immediate three miles from the town. As they consist of only three Primary schools and two privately-funded institutions you may want to branch out slightly further for the next level of education. However, if you are looking for a Primary school, try the “Nutley Church of England Primary School” as it received a “Good” rating from Ofsted in June 2016. Expanding to five miles outside of Danehill, you can find 25 more schools, including Secondary and Sixth Form Colleges. For the best out of those, look into the “Oathall Community College” – it also gained a “Good” recommendation from Ofsted. The “Step By Step, School for Autistic Children Ltd” was also awarded “Good” from Ofsted and is a leading establishment in the area for the teaching of children with special needs.

Getting around

Unfortunately, Danehill has no railway station – and the closest, in Buxted, is a 20-minute drive away. There are however eight bus routes that run through Danehill. If you are travelling by road, the closest main road is the A22, and the nearest motorway is the M23, 27 minutes away.

If you are planning an international or domestic flight, you can travel 16.5 miles to London Gatwick. The next closest airport is London Heathrow at 51.1 miles away.

Local shops

It will come as no surprise that Danehill has several different farm shops, offering the best local produce that money can buy. Delicatessens for halal and kosher meats also exist, and there is a great range of local stores, providing everything from clothes to antique shopping.

If you are seeking some fine dining, head to The Dining Room in the Buxted Park Hotel which is a grand mansion intact from the Georgian period. If you are looking for something more relaxed, The Coach and Horses is your best bet – award-winning food in the Ashdown Forest.

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