Infobox UK place
region=South East England
area_footnotes=cite web |url=http://www.eastsussexinfigures.org.uk/webview/ |title=East Sussex in Figures |accessdate=2008-04-26 |publisher=East Sussex County Council]
population_density= Pop density mi2 to km2|243|precision=0|abbr=yes
Framfield is a village and
civil parishin the WealdenDistrict of East Sussex, England. The village is located two miles (3 km) east of Uckfield; the settlements of Blackboys, Palehouse and Halland form part of the parish area of 6,700 acres (2,706 ha).
It is likely that Framfield came into existence in the ninth century. Saxon invaders established many settlements along the Weald: the final "-field" in its name means a clearing in the forest to build such a place. The village is mentioned in the
Domesday Book("Framelle"); part of the church has Norman stonework.
Framfield parish lies on the southern part of the Weald. An ancient trackway, probably used by the Saxons during their invasions, passes to the north of the village. Like many other such places, it was involved in the
Wealden iron industry: there are many small streams (including Framfield Stream) which are tributaries of the Sussex Ouse river on which the mills stood.
There are two explanations of the origin of the name:
*It came from the colour of the
charcoalburners when they emerged from the woods in the past.
*The name means "black wood", from the soot deposited in the woods by the charcoal. This is the more likely explanation.Fact|date=April 2008
The "Blackboys Inn" was founded in the 1300s and was acknowledged as a coaching establishment. It is also possible that the inn was founded as an overnight staying place for the drivers transporting charcoal from the local woods to
Lewesand other towns.
There is a 13th-century church, dedicated to St Thomas à Becket, [ [http://framfieldandblackboys.org.uk/Churchinfo2.htm Framfield church website] ] although it probably superseded a wooden Saxon one. In the ninth century it passed from the crown to the
Archbishop of Canterbury, assuming its nomination as a peculiar. In 1509 a fire burned all the wooden parts of the church and the tower collapsed in the 17th century. In 1891 the church, including the tower, was restored and the bells were rehung. [ [http://www.framfieldchurch.org.uk/History%20Modernised%20style.htm History of Framfield Church] ]
There is also a
Baptistchapel, and a Methodist church at Blackboys.
Education is provided by two Church of England primary schools: Framfield; [ [http://www.framfieldcep.e-sussex.sch.uk/ Framfield CE Primary School] ] and Blackboys. [ [http://www.blackboys.e-sussex.sch.uk/ Blackboys CE Primary School] ]
Leisure and Sport
There are four inns in the parish: "The Hare and Hounds"; "The Rose and Crown", Easons Green; and "The Blackboys Inn" and "The Gun Inn", both at Blackboys.
Blackboys Cricket Clubis based at the Blackboys Recreation Ground.
Framfield and Blackboys Football Club is based at Framfield Recreation Ground.
The main charcoal business of the parish stopped in the early nineteenth century when the iron industry moved north to the
Midlandswith their large deposits of coal.
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