Flimwell is a village in the civil parish of Ticehurst, in the Rother district of East Sussex, England.[1][2] It is located close to the border with Kent at the junction of the A21 road with the A268 and the B2087. The village is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near Bewl Water and Bedgebury Pinetum, and neighbouring villages include Ticehurst, Hurst Green and Hawkhurst.

Flimwell Crossing, East Sussex
Flimwell is located in East Sussex
Location within East Sussex
OS grid referenceTQ715312
• London39 miles (63 km) NW
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtTN5
Dialling code01580
FireEast Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
East Sussex
51°04′N 0°27′E / 51.06°N 0.45°E / 51.06; 0.45

The origin of the place-name is from the Old English words fliema and wella meaning the spring of the fugitives. The placename appears as Flimenwelle in 1210.[3]

The village is linear in shape and the largest of a group of settlements, some of which contain large residential properties, to both the west and east of the A21. Other settlements are Union Street and Dale Hill to the west, and Seacox Heath to the east. Including the surrounding woods and fields, Flimwell covers an area of approximately 3.5 km2, of which only approximately 5% is built-up.

A new village hall was completed in 2020. There are a number of businesses & facilities in and around the village, including an award-winning smokery and wine store, pub, motel, pine furniture shop, church, cricket ground with pavilion, playground, a park with a café and offices, and various businesses.

Flimwell parish church is dedicated to St Augustine of Canterbury.

In the 16th century, Flimwell was one of the stages on the post road from London to Rye.[4]

On the eastern edge of the village lies Seacox House, owned by the Russian Embassy and used by its staff. Built in 1871 by architects Carpenter and Slater, it is a Grade II listed building in the style of a French chateau. The house was the subject of news reports in 1999, when dogs from the estate were said to have 'killed approx. 50 ewes and attacked 100 others'.[5] The British Government is considering gifting the property to the Ukrainian Government as compensation for the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.[6]

References Edit

  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 188 Maidstone & Royal Tunbridge Wells (Sevenoaks & Tonbridge) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2014. ISBN 9780319228814.
  2. ^ "Ordnance Survey: 1:50,000 Scale Gazetteer" (csv (download)). www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk. Ordnance Survey. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  3. ^ Mills, A.D. (2011) [first published 1991]. A Dictionary of British Place Names (First edition revised 2011 ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 191. ISBN 9780199609086.
  4. ^ Richard Rowlands, The Post of the World (London, 1576). (Available on Wikisource.)
  5. ^ "Row over Russian 'killer' dogs". TheGuardian.com. 30 November 1999.
  6. ^ Hollingsworth, Mark; Midolo, Emanuele (9 July 2022). "Seacox Heath castle retreat 'used by Russian spies' may be seized". The Times. London. ISSN 0140-0460.

External links Edit

  Media related to Flimwell at Wikimedia Commons