Chelwood Gate

Chelwood Gate is a small village within the civil parish of Danehill in the Wealden district of East Sussex, England. Its nearest town is Uckfield, which lies approximately 6.6 miles (10.6 km) south-east from the village, just off the A22 road. The village is near the West Sussex border.

Chelwood Gate
Chelwood Gate Village Hall - - 54548.jpg
The village hall
Chelwood Gate is located in East Sussex
Chelwood Gate
Chelwood Gate
Location within East Sussex
OS grid referenceTQ4159629872
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtRH17
Dialling code01825
FireEast Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
East Sussex
51°02′53″N 0°01′26″E / 51.048°N 0.024°E / 51.048; 0.024Coordinates: 51°02′53″N 0°01′26″E / 51.048°N 0.024°E / 51.048; 0.024

Chelwood Gate was one of the entrances into Ashdown Forest through which John of Gaunt, the third surviving son of King Edward III, would have entered the forest from his hunting lodge. There is an Iron Age enclosure which is a Scheduled Monument due to its importance as a relatively rare example of a Wealden Iron Age settlement.[1]

The village church forms part of the Parish of All Saints Danehill with Chelwood Gate. The church was built as a 'Chapel of Ease' not long after the main parish building in Danehill was completed so that the residents local to Chelwood Gate would not have to travel the longer journey on foot to the church at Danehill.[2]

The village public house, the Red Lion, was built in the 19th century and was patronised in the past by Harold Macmillan and United States President John F Kennedy.[3] Kennedy came to visit the then Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, in 1963 and a memorial to this event can be found on the Wych Cross road within the village.[4] The village also has a village hall which is visited by a mobile library service, a village market and where there is also a nursery school.[5][6][7]

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  1. ^ Historic England. "Chelwood Gate Enclosure (1423862)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Chelwood Gate Church, Chelwood Gate". A Church Near You. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Red Lion, Chelwood". Shepherd Neame. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  4. ^ a b Simon. "Chelwood Gate Sussex - The Forest entrance and President Kennedy - an English Village UK". Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Chelwood Gate, Village Hall". East Sussex County Council. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  6. ^ "About us | Chelwood Gate Nursery Group". Archived from the original on 19 February 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Chelwood Gate Village Market | Ashdown Forest". Archived from the original on 19 February 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  8. ^ Harold Macmillan Prime Minister – Number 10