Imagine being banned from a competition because the judges are so sure you are going to win.
This is exactly what happened when the idyllic village of Lindfield in West Sussex was banned from participating in a competition called “The Best Kept Village in Sussex” in order to give a chance to other places in Sussex to win.
Lindfield is a beautiful little village nestled in the heart of Sussex, perfect for those who admire the wonders of nature.
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It is classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so there is a lot of natural beauty in the village to be admired.
You can walk through its lush countryside, which crosses Kent, Sussex and Surrey. Or explore the Eastern Road Nature Preserve near Lewes Road, which is a nine-acre preserve along Scrase Creek, providing a wetland for birds, butterflies, and aquatic insects such as dragonflies.
The village is undoubtedly a magnificent site of beauty, perfect for a summer day with your family and closest friends, full of incredible things to discover.
However, Lindfield has even more to impress.
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The city is full of a rich history, which is sure to fascinate you. The city’s High Street following an ancient north-south route that has been around for thousands of years, long before the Romans even existed!
It also has royal ties – King Edward III recognized the importance of medieval Lindfield and in 1343 granted the town a royal charter to hold a market every Thursday, as well as two annual eight-day fairs.
The church, All Saints, is located at the top of the High Street overlooking the picturesque setting of the village, and its history dates back to 1098.
Near the church is the oldest building in the village, which used to be a hostel for travelers in need of food and accommodation, Church House, also called “Le Tigre”.
Where to eat
The city also has an array of fabulous pubs and restaurants for visitors.
For some quick refreshments, you can head to the Stand Up Inn, a local pub, perfect for chilling out and unwinding.
Or if you are staying for dinner you can find delicious food as Lindfield has a variety of food choices.
For example Limes Thai Kitchen, which is a local restaurant offering the most delicious Thai food imaginable. The restaurant has accumulated 4.5 stars due to its authentic cuisine and relaxing atmosphere – you are sure not to be disappointed!
From the town’s natural beauty, to its traditional historical heritage, to its High Street and variety of restaurants and pubs, it’s no wonder it’s known to be Sussex’s best village.
And best of all? All of this takes place at the magical golden hour of the London suburbs and you can reach Lindfield in just over an hour!
Londoners can take the train from Victoria to Linfield via Haywards Heath, or take the motorway via the M23 and A23 – just a 45-minute drive from South London areas like Croydon.