Part of the ancient Parish of Battle, Netherfield is a village with no obvious centre, it straggles for around a mile along a ridge between Brightling and Battle. The name is derived from the old English word naedre (Nadder), a creeping thing or adder. So Netherfield (Nadderfield) means literally Adder's Field or open space. The Victorian church was a gift to the village from Lady Webster in memory of her husband, Sir Godfrey Webster of Battle Abbey.
The church is dedicated to St John the Baptist, this stone head adorns the doorway and there is a rather gruesome painting inside of the patron saint's head on a platter.
Sadly the Congregational Chapel of 1892 is long gone, all that is left are a few bushes and trees from its garden growing next to the road.
The old schoolhouse adjoining the churchyard was also given by Lady Webster, in 1859. The school closed in 1961. The building looked particularly attractive during the snow of January 2010, as too did St John's Church.
There are two public houses, both at the western end of the village - the Netherfield Arms and the White Hart Inn. The village also contains the Shooting Box. This unusual tower is situated on the road to Mountfield and is today a holiday home; it was originally the Shooting Lodge for the Ashburnham estate.
Netherfield was created from the parish of Battle.
Church details, together with baptism, marriage, monumental inscription & burial records can be accessed by clicking on the church name.
The OPC Database has no census returns for people residing in this parish yet.
1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1881 census.
3 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.
1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1901 census.
Roll of honour site has a transcription of the War Memorial
Roll of honour - a transcription of a framed document in St John's church
The OPC database contains no poll register entries for people entitled to vote in this parish.
There are no protestation returns for this parish in the OPC database.
The OPC database contains 2 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.
There are 9 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.
New Roughwood Churches Album has 5 images of churches in this parish.
The OPC database contains no postal directory entries for this parish.
1882 Kelly's Directory for Netherfield (Battle)
There is 1 book about this parish in the Sussex OPC Bibliography.
There are no articles about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.
There are no people from this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Society Members Index.
c.1920 School Photograph with pupils identified
c.1950 - Netherfield School Girls at Bexhill - photograph with girls identified
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