Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for ASHDOWN FOREST

ASHDOWN FOREST, an ancient forest, now a heathland, midway between East Grinstead and Uckfield, Sussex. It lies within the manor of Maresfield, extending into five parishes; and comprises 13,991 acres. It once was fenced, covered with wood, and stocked with deer; but was laid open during the civil war in the time of Charles I., and allowed to be desolated. Most of its timber was consumed as fuel in the iron furnaces which formerly abounded in the neighbourhood; and only a few trees, scattered and on the lower grounds, now remain. The general surface is bare and wild, cut with ravines and glens, or rising into heights which command extensive views. The manor, with the forest, belonged to the honour of Pevensey; was given, among other lands, in lieu of Richmond castle, to John of Gaunt, and took then the name of Lancaster Great Park; passed, at the Restoration, to the Earl of Bristol; and is now divided among various proprietors.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "an ancient forest"   (ADL Feature Type: "forests")
Administrative units: Sussex AncC
Place: Ashdown Forest

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