The Village at the Heart of the Sussex Weald
Hadlow Down is a small village and civil parish sitting on a ridge between Buxted and Heathfield on the A272 road in the Wealden District of East Sussex, South East England. It covers an area of 6.6 square miles ( 17.0 km²) and has a population estimated for 2008 as 736. The OS grid reference is TQ533240, London is 37 miles (60 km) NNW, the post town is Uckfield, the postcode district is TN22 and the dialling code is 01825. The European Parliamentary area is South East England and the UK Parliamentary area is Wealden.
Until the burgeoning of the Wealden Iron Industry in the 16th. century Hadlow Down was a rural farming community with the small population living living either side of the main road that runs through it, it was relatively quiet and secluded. The Wealden cannon making industry started at a furnace on the stream at Hoggets Farm situated to the north of the centre of the village. It was here in 1543 that the first cannon in East Sussex was cast by Iron Master Rolf Hogget (Hugget) and is commemorated in a small rhyme:
Master Hugget and his man John
They did cast the first cannon.
The 'John' referred to is believed to be a French cannon maker by the name of Baude whose family is buried at Wartling on the Pevensey Marshes. It is probable that much of the charcoal needed to fire the furnace would have come from charcoal burners living in the area to the south of Hugget's farm and as far as Blackboys.
The majority of the population of Hadlow Down now commute to a place of work outside the boundaries of the parish but it still has a strong community atmosphere centred around the New Inn pub, St. Mark's school and St. Mark's church.
The Horticultural Society is well supported as is the unique Variety Club and the Cricket Club. Wilderness Wood provides year round leisure opportunities for residents and visitors alike. The Hadlow Down Steam Rally known throughout the South East of the country and further afield. Hadlow Down is also the home of the notable Great Bush Railway. The Village Fayre and the Winterfest get bigger and better every year and attract large numbers of people.