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My home town Crowborough, East Sussex, England,UK.

By Mark on October 16, 2008

I have written a post about Crowborough before, but this time I would like to give you my own version of this large town in the north of East Sussex, England. Crowborough is within 6 to 7 miles south of an even larger town in the name of Tunbridge Wells, Kent (which is the county next to East Sussex), and about 6 to 7 miles south is the town of Uckfield also in East Sussex. Further south is the beautiful seaside town of Eastbourne, where my parents now live in the Sovereign Harbour. A good hour’s drive south-west of Crowborough is the mighty city of Brighton and Hove on the coast. By train from Crowborough to the the capital city of London takes an hour roughly. But enough about these places lets talk about Crowborough. I have lived in this town for almost all of my life so we are talking 30+ years. I moved to this town around about 1976/77 when I was a toddler. I have seen many changes over the years. For example we used to have a Safeway supermarket, which was taken over by Morrisons supermarket and then knocked down to be rebuilt as a large Morrisons Superstore. Waitrose supermarket became a Superstore. The Bugatti’s nightclub used to be known as Valentines. And the village of Crowborough turned into a town. The monument of Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, the british author of Sherlock Holmes, stands in the centre of the town because Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle used to live here.

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This is a picture taken from Geograph of the Statue of Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle at the Crowborough  Cross taken by David Brooker. Other names who have lived in Crowborough are Tony Stratton-Smith the well known rock music manager of Genesis and David Jason known as Del boy in only Fools and Horses, Jack Frost in Frost, as well as Pa Larkin in Darling Buds of May.

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This is a picture taken from panoramio of 100 Acre Wood, Ashdown Forest,Crowborough.Crowborough is also well known for Ashdown Forest and also St.John’s Forest. Ashdown Forest surrounds the small village of Hartfield and this is where A.A.Milne  the author of Winnie the Pooh,used to live and you will find Pooh bridge there.

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This is a picture taken from panoramio of the famous winnie the pooh, Pooh Bridge in Hartfield near Crowborough.
The town has quite a few pubs. The Crowborough Cross is the town’s  most central and popular pub, but also you have the White Hart, Blue Anchor, Whitehill Tavern, Crow and Gate, Plough and Horses, Boars Head and a few others as well. The mens Crowborough Athletic football club play in the Ryman League. Crowborough is a nice friendly town and there may not be a huge amount to do in the evenings, but with the Goldsmiths leisure centre and the pubs and clubs, and a wine bar as well, there are things to do, so come and visit. If you would like to find out more information about Crowborough please look at my other post about this town and it will give you directions and places to visit.  Thanks for reading.

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3 Responses to “My home town Crowborough, East Sussex, England,UK.”

  1. Nick
    2:35 am on October 18th, 2008

    Have you got a camera, Mark? If you’re going to write about local places, why not take your own photos? Go on a few day trips to castles, historic towns, etc. You’ll love it!

    If I wasn’t keeping my own blog, I wouldn’t go to half the places I do. It’s a great excuse to get out and see some of the wonderful places in our own backyard! :)

  2. Mark
    2:50 pm on October 18th, 2008

    yes that is true nick you can maybe i will thanks

  3. Mum
    1:41 pm on October 19th, 2008

    A good review of the town, Mark. I love going back there for visits and Nick is right get out the camera I gave you for your birthday.

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