Forest RowThe large village of Forest Row is one of the prettiest places to live in East Sussex.
Forest Row is situated near the northern edge of the Ashdown Forest. The village owed its early existence to kings and nobility hunting in the forest.
Later new roads gave Forest Row a boost and the village started to prosper.
Today Ashdown Forest is popular with commuters and one of the best-heeled places in East Sussex.
Places of interest around Forest RowInteresting places in and around Forest Row include:
- Holy Trinity Church in Forest Row was built in 1836 to the Gothic designs of William Moseley - whose non-church work consisted of lunatic asylums and prisons;
- The Forest Way which follows the route of the disused railway line to East Grinstead;
- Brambletye Castle Ruins - the evocative ruins of a large stately home built in 1631;
- Weir Wood Reservoir is a good place for birdwatching, cycling and sailing.
- Kidbrooke Park is a Grade II listed 18th century mansion with fine gardens designed by Henry Repton - one of the greats of Regency garden design;
- The High Weald Landscape Trail passes through Forest Row;
- as does the Vanguard Way;
- Ashdown Forest Llama Farm is two miles south of Forest Row.
More about Forest RowUS President John F Kennedy attended a church service at Our Lady of the Forest Catholic church in June 1963 while he was visiting Harold Macmillan, whose home at Birch Grove is a few miles from the village. There's a stone marking the visit in the village hall.
Forest Row travel notesThe busy A22 road runs right through the western part of Forest Row.
The nearest railway station is at East Grinstead.
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