Place:Forest Row, Sussex, England

NameForest Row
Alt namesForest-Rowsource: Family History Library Catalog
Ashurstwoodsource: hamlet in parish
Brambletyesource: large historic house in parish
Coordinates51.1°N 0.033°E
Located inSussex, England
Also located inEast Sussex, England     (1865 - )
See alsoEast Grinstead, Sussex, Englandparish in which it was a chapelry until 1894
East Grinstead Rural, Sussex, Englandrural district 1894-1934
Uckfield Rural, Sussex, Englandrural district 1934-1974
Wealden District, East Sussex, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Forest Row is a village and relatively large civil parish in the Wealden District of East Sussex, England. The village is located three miles (5 km) southeast of the centre of East Grinstead.

The village draws its name from its proximity to the Ashdown Forest, a royal hunting park first enclosed in the 13th century. Ashdown Forest surrounds the village on three sides, and the upper reaches of the River Medway flow northward through the parish.

From its origins as a small hamlet, Forest Row has grown, first with the establishment of a turnpike road in the 18th century; and later with the opening of the railway between East Grinstead and Tunbridge Wells in 1866; the line, which included an intermediate station at Forest Row, closed in 1967 as a result of the programme of closures put forward by East Grinstead resident and British Railways Board Chairman Richard Beeching.

The Church of England eccesiastical parish combines two churches: Holy Trinity, Forest Row, and St Dunstan's Ashurst Wood. There are also other denominational churches: The Christian Community Forest Row; Our Lady of the Forest (Roman Catholic); a Baptist chapel; Providence church; and the cemetery chapel.

The following description from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72 is provided by the website A Vision of Britain Through Time (University of Portsmouth Department of Geography).

"FOREST-ROW, a hamlet and a chapelry in East Grinstead parish, Sussex. The hamlet adjoins the N side of Ashdown forest, near the Three Bridges and Tunbridge Wells railway, 3 miles SE of East Grinstead; and has a post office under East Grinstead, a railway station, and a fair on 8 Nov. The chapelry was constituted in 1850. Population: 1,411. Houses: 285. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Chichester. Value: £150. Patron: the Vicar of East Grinstead. The church is good; and there are chapels for Independents and Baptists, and a national school."

Forest Row became a separate parish in 1894 when it had 545 houses. The boundary with East Grinstead was redrawn in 1934, resulting in a drop in area and population. It was part of Uckfield Rural District from its formation until the creation of the Wealden District in 1974.

Ashurstwood is a hamlet within the parish. Brambletye House (known locally as Brambletye Castle) was built by Sir Henry Compton in 1631.

Local History

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Forest Row#History.

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