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The local area guide to living in Piltdown

Piltdown is a small village located in the beautiful countryside of East Sussex, surrounded by deep woodland and local farms. The village is actually even quieter than this would suggest, given that it is essentially a collection of small interlinked hamlets, and is therefore perfect for those seeking a quieter pace of life in lovely country surroundings. The village only really came to wider public attention during the so-called Piltdown Man hoax, in which the skull of a man with the jaw of an ape was found by a local solicitor, igniting a discussion as to whether the evolutionary “missing-link” between human and ape had been found. Ultimately, the skull was proven to be a hoax, and Piltdown has since returned to its rural obscurity and peacefulness, making it such an attractive location for the prospective buyer.

Situated just on the edge of Ashdown Forest, with plentiful farms and country walks in every direction, Piltdown has everything required from an idyllic rural locale. With delightful farm shops, a golf course and a lovely pub and restaurant, plus Uckfield only 5 miles down the road to meet your wider shopping needs, Piltdown is the perfect place for you to set up your rural base.

Information about the local residents

Piltdown’s population is generally made up of long-term residents, lending the area a sense of continuity, as well as a friendly community spirit.

The village is located within the Fletching ward, which records a figure of 84.53% believing that their health is either ‘very good’ or ‘good.’ Life expectancy runs to 80.6, reflecting the healthy countryside environment of the location, and the average age of the population stands at 45, slightly older than the national average figure for the UK.

Nearby schools

Although there aren’t any schools actually located within the village itself, there are plenty of local options for your children’s educational needs. For younger students, Fletching Church of England Primary School and Bonners Church of England School have received ‘good’ results from their latest Ofsted reports.

In terms of secondary schools, Chailey School and Uckfield Community Technology College, accommodating students aged 11 to 16 and 11 to 18 respectively, are only a short drive away. Both have impressively received ‘good’ reports from their recent Ofsted inspections.

There is also a highly rated special needs educational facility, New Vision School, situated in nearby Uckfield.

Getting around

The area has relatively few transport links, although it is by no means cut off from the wider area. A bus stop opposite the local garage is served by the number 31, which connects to Uckfield. From Uckfield, there are bus services connecting to locations within the surrounding area, such as Brighton, Lewes and Tonbridge Wells.

Uckfield Railway Station runs regular services to London Bridge, and has recently introduced an evening service from London, meaning that anybody choosing to commute from Piltdown to London will be able to come down on a slightly later train.

In terms of motoring, the village is served by the A272, which connects to the surrounding area, as well as to the larger settlements of Uckfield and Haywards Heath.

Local shops

Due to its size, there are relatively few amenities within the village itself. There is a local Texaco garage, a recently renovated pub called The Lamb Piltdown, and two local food shops; Ouse Valley Foods and the Old Spot Farm Shop. Other than this, there is little to meet the everyday needs of residents. However, with Uckfield only 5 miles away, offering fantastic shopping facilities as well plenty of restaurants and excellent pubs, this is not much of a problem. In Piltdown you’re only ever as isolated as you want to be, and with Burgess Hill and Brighton fairly close by, you can find all you need right on your doorstep.

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