Netherfield, (East Sussex)

Mark Collins B.Sc, M.Sc

OPC for Netherfield is : Mark Collins

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Ancient parish:

Netherfield was created from the parish of Battle.

Places of worship:

Church details, together with baptism, marriage, monumental inscription & burial records can be accessed by clicking on the church name.

Congregational Chapel

St John the Baptist

Census returns:

The OPC Database has no census returns for people residing in this parish yet.


Grid reference: 572500, 118500 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Militia records etc:

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

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains no poll register entries for people entitled to vote in this parish.

1641 Protestation Returns:

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.

Postal directories:

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.


1948 School Photograph

1953 School Photograph

c.1920 School Photograph with pupils identified

1955 School Photograph

c.1950 - Netherfield School Girls at Bexhill - photograph with girls identified


The OPC database contains no wills of people who lived in this parish.

The OPC database contains no wills that mention this parish.

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