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Located three miles (5 km) south-east of East Grinstead, it is named as such due to its proximity to the Ashdown Forest. Originally a hamlet, it was a turnpike road in the 18th century and then grew up with the establishment of the railway line between East Grinstead and Tunbridge Wells in 1866. Forest Row is a popular village and is known for its diverse, eclectic population of varying beliefs, followings (and none). The Brambletye Inn has an association with Arthur Conan Doyle and featured in one of his stories.
A town situated in the Weald, again it lies at the at the edge of Ashdown Forest. It is 7 miles south-west of Tunbridge Wells. Crowborough has good road and rail links and is the most populous inland town in East Sussex, with over 20,000 people.
Various derivations for the town's name have been put forward, some suggest it derives from Croh in Old English meaning saffron or golden-yellow colour, and berg meaning hill. Gorse grows in profusion in the Crowborough Beacon area, and its yellow flowers might well have contributed to the meaning.
In the late 19th century Crowborough was promoted as a health resort based on its high elevation, the rolling hills and surrounding forest. It has been called the "Scotland in Sussex".
Crowborough's most famous resident was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to whom there is a statue in the town centre.
Groombridge is a village that straddles the border between two counties, it is close to Tunbridge Wells.
The main part of the village is called "New Groombridge", this is in East Sussex. Across the county boundary lies the much smaller and older part of the village "Old Groombridge" which is part of Kent.
Nearby Groombridge Place is a popular visitor attraction, which boasts an impressive 700-year history beginning in 1239. Groombridge Place has been owned by some of Kent's most distinguished families, including the de Cobhams and Sir Richard Waller, ancestor of the poet Edmund Waller as well as of Winston Churchill.
Nutley is a village lies to the south of Ashdown Forest, between Forest Row and Uckfield and with the villages of Fairwarp and Maresfield, they make the Maresfield civil parish.
The Romans worked nearby Iron furnaces at Duddleswell and Maresfield, working on the iron ore to be found in the local weald clay in bloomeries. Roman coins and waste from furnaces has been found at these locations. When the Romans left Britain in the 5th century AD Saxon settlers move to the area which they called, "Hnut's leagh" meaning "Hnut's Clearing" and this is the most likely origin of the village's modern-day name: Nutley.