Cross In Hand

Cross In Hand

Coordinates: 50°58′25″N 0°13′25″E / 50.97356°N 0.22355°E / 50.97356; 0.22355

Cross in Hand
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Cross in Hand is located in East Sussex
Cross in Hand

 Cross in Hand shown within East Sussex
OS grid reference TQ562216
    - London  50 miles (80 km) NNW 
Parish Heathfield and Waldron
District Wealden
Shire county East Sussex
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district TN21
Dialling code 01435
Police Sussex
Fire East Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Wealden
List of places: UK • England • East Sussex

Cross In Hand is a small village outside of Heathfield town to its west, in the Wealden District situated in East Sussex. It is occasionally referred to as Isenhurst.


The village

Cross In Hand is situated at the junction the A267 running between Tunbridge Wells and Eastbourne, and the B2102 which terminates in Cross In Hand but joins the A22 in Uckfield[1]. The village has a high street on the B2102 road that links Cross in Hand to Uckfield. Retail shops include a petrol station, wooden furniture shops, a post office, a motorcycle shop, a bakery, and a funeral director's. The Anglican parish church is dedicated to St Bartholomew and there is one pub, the Cross in Hand. Other village facilities include a village hall, rugby football, bowls and tennis clubs.


The village historically provided services to the iron trade, and has had a windmill called the "New Mill" at the current site since 1868 although it was built in Framfield in 1855. The reason for this time delay is that the mill was originally placed a quarter of a mile from its current location in its year of construction, and was moved on the command of the local squire at the time, Squire Hurth.[2]

The English Place-Name Society gives the earliest reference to the village as Cruce Manus, the latin for Cross in Hand in 1547. The name is believed to be based on the legend that the Crusaders assembled here before sailing for the Holy Land from Rye to fight Saladin.


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