Ashurst Wood Village Council
Working for the people of Ashurst Wood
Ashurst Wood Village Council provides your local services. We aim to make the village a better place to live, work and visit. Our website includes a wealth of information about how we conduct business and what we do. Use the search or browse the site to find whatever you are looking for. If you can't find the information you require then please contact us.
Ashurst Wood Village Council serves a community of approximately 2,000 residents. It consists of 11 Councillors elected for a term of four years who will now hold office until May 2023. Ashurst Wood Village Councillors are all volunteers and receive no financial allowances for their term in office.
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West Hoathly is a rural area with 2 village settlements, a smaller hamlet and many individual or small groups of dwellings. Each of the main settlements has its own historic roots and identity which means the parish has a multi-centric character.
The earliest surviving building in West Hoathly is St Margaret's Church which is of Norman origin part dating from about 1090. The Priest House and the core of The Cat Inn are 15th century.
The Lewes and East Grinstead Railway opened to the east of West Hoathly in 1882. A brickworks to support the construction of the railway was established and the village of Sharpthorne grew up around these. The Railway is now part of the steam heritage Bluebell Railway.
The smaller hamlet of Highbrook is long established with the oldest surviving house dating from the 14th century. The development of the community was facilitated by local landowners in the 19th century.