Danehill, East Sussex

Danehill (also known as Dane Hill) is a village and civil parish in the Wealden District of East Sussex, England. The village is located on the border with West Sussex, five miles (8 km) north-east of Haywards Heath, and on the edge of the Ashdown Forest. Other places within the parish include the village of Chelwood Gate and the hamlets of Furner's Green and Twyford.


Danehill village
Location within East Sussex
Area22.7 km2 (8.8 sq mi) [1]
Population1,957 (Parish-2011)[2]
 Density220/sq mi (85/km2)
OS grid referenceTQ402275
 London33 miles (53 km) N
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtRH17
Dialling code01825
FireEast Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament

The Prime Meridian passes through the middle of Danehill.

There are no major industries within the parish. One tourist attraction is the Ashdown Forest Llama Park which is located within the parish. The Cats Protection has its head office, The National Cat Centre, in the parish.

The 2007 estimated population for the parish is 1,927, increasing to 1,957 at the 2011 census.


Danehill is part of the electoral ward called Danehill/Fletching/Nutley. The population of this ward taken at the 2011 Census was 5,346.[3]

Religious sites

There are two Anglican churches in the parish: that at Danehill (dedicated to All Saints) and at Chelwood Gate.[4] There is also a Roman Catholic chapel in St. Raphael's Care Home; it is open to the public and is served from St Paul's Church in Haywards Heath.[5] Danehill Chapel at Chelwood Common is a small Evangelical church.[6]


Education is provided at Danehill CE Primary School and Cumnor House Sussex.[7][8]

Culture and community

The public houses are Coach and Horses (Danehill)[9] and the Red Lion at Chelwood Gate. The Crocodile public house (now closed) once stood in the centre of the village and was frequented by the Bee Gees for a number of years. 'Bee Gee' Maurice Gibb lived in the village for some time.[10]

The Ashdown Weekend is a village event, begun in 1973 and serving to make money for different organisations in the village.[11] It includes five-a-side football, a fete, vintage car show, barbecue, art exhibition, children's party, senior citizens' party, and an "auction of promises".

The now defunct Danehill football club enjoyed some success in the early 1970s winning the second division of the Sussex League and the League Cup in 1973. In the 2007 / 2008 season Danehill F C won promotion and were runners up in one of the cups. The club folded in 2015.

The actor Peter Butterworth, best known for his many appearances in the Carry On Films and his wife Janet Brown (comedian) are buried in Danehill churchyard.[12]


The first written evidence of the village comes from 1265 and the first permanent houses from 1400. By 1660 the Red Round Inn became a stopping point for travellers between London and Lewes. After travellers continued to use Danehill's roads, the village decided to improve the roads which led to wealthy families moving into the area, such as John Baker Holroyd who moved into Sheffield Park in 1769 and was later to become the First Lord Sheffield.


The lowest tier of government for Danehill is the Parish Council.[13] The council has nine seats, for which eleven candidates stood in May 2007 with an elector turnout of 39.92%.[14] A November 2007 single seat by-election was uncontested.[15]

Wealden District Council is the next tier of government, for which Danehill is part of the Danehill/Fletching/Nutley ward. The ward returns two councillors. The ward was uncontested in the May 2007 election and two Conservative councillors were returned.[16]

Danehill is represented at the East Sussex County Council as part of the Buxted Maresfield Ward. The May 2005 election returned the Conservative Councillor Anthony Reid.[17]

The parliamentary constituency for Danehill is Wealden. The Conservative MP Charles Hendry was elected at the general election in May 2005.

At European level, Danehill is represented by the South-East region, which holds ten seats in the European Parliament. The June 2004 election returned 4 Conservatives, 2 Liberal Democrats, 2 UK Independence, 1 Labour and 1 Green, none of whom live in East Sussex.[18]

Notable people


  1. "East Sussex in Figures". East Sussex County Council. Retrieved 26 April 2008.
  2. "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  3. "Danehill/Fletching/Nutley ward population 2011". Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  4. "Danehill". A Church Near You website. Archbishops' Council. 2010. Archived from the original on 26 September 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  5. "Services". Parish of St Paul, Haywards Heath, West Sussex. 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  6. Registered in accordance with the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (Number in Worship Register: 70321; Name: Danehill Christian Fellowship; Address: Chelwood Common, Danehill; Denomination: Christians not otherwise designated). Retrieved 15 January 2013. (Archived version of list from April 2010; Click here for access to subsequent updates)
  7. "Danehill Primary School". Danehill CE Primary School. Archived from the original on 29 August 2005. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
  8. Schoolsnet for Cumnor House School Retrieved 14 September 2009
  9. "Coach and Horses Pub". The Coach and Horses. Archived from the original on 14 September 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
  10. "Family News Archive". The International Brothers Gibb Website. Gibb Service International. 17 October 1975. Retrieved 3 February 2008.
  11. "The all new Ashdown Weekend". Ashdown Weekend. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
  12. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/18704
  13. "Danehill Parish Council". Wealden District Council. Archived from the original on 4 June 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
  14. "Wealden District Council Parish Council Election" (PDF). Wealden. 3 May 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 October 2008.
  15. "Parish Council Elections" (PDF). Wealden District Council. 29 November 2007. p. 1. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
  16. "District Council Elections" (PDF). Wealden District Council. 3 May 2007. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 October 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
  17. "County Council Election, 5 May 2005". East Sussex County Council. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
  18. "UK MEP's". UK Office of the European Parliament. Archived from the original on 24 January 2007. Retrieved 25 January 2007.
  19. http://www.sussex-opc.org/index.php?t=parish&k=267
  20. http://www.sussex-opc.org/index.php?t=parish&k=267
  21. http://www.biography.com/people/groups/death-city-danehill-east-sussex
  22. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/70459017
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