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Crowborough Hospital is a small cottage hospital with a midwife-led maternity unit. It has been threatened with closure numerous times, but services are still offered, in part due to a strong local campaign.[11] Non-maternity services are provided at hospitals in Pembury and Haywards Heath.

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Founded in 1895, the dramatic heathland setting of Crowborough Beacon Golf Club has an unrivalled position on one of the highest points in Sussex, enjoying far-reaching views to the sea 22 miles away. The golf course has been influenced by two legendary golf course Architects, Harry S.Colt and Dr. Alister Mackenzie.

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The local paper is the Kent and Sussex Courier published in Tunbridge Wells. Owned by the regional newspaper publisher Local World, there are six editions of the paper including a Sussex edition.[9] South East Today is the BBC regional television news programme serving Kent and Sussex. In 2014 a local news website (Hyperlocal) called CrowboroughLife.com was established by Stephan Butler.[10]

There is a Farmers' Market on the fourth Saturday of the month.[40] and a French Market held as part of the Chamber of Commerce's Fun Day in June.[41]

The town's main football club is Crowborough Athletic F.C., who are based at the Crowborough Community Stadium and currently play in Sussex County League Division One.[12] Jarvis Brook F.C., founded in 1888, run four senior sides, the highest of which plays in the Mid Sussex Football League Premier Division.

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Ashdown Forest, the setting for A.A.Milnes wonderful Winnie the Pooh books is on the doorstep, the historic Pantiles of Tunbridge Wells are a few miles away. The town is surrounded by land which is designated as "land of outstanding natural beauty" and this makes development and extension of the town difficult, but its current population of around 25,000 is scheduled to increase slowly.

Whitehill Infant School and Herne Junior School merged in September 2015 to create the all-through[clarification needed] Ashdown Primary school.[8]

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A regular, frequent bus service passes through the town, linking it with Brighton and Tunbridge Wells.

The main road through Crowborough is the A26, which runs through the centre of the town. From Crowborough, the A26 runs north-east to Mereworth via Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge. To the south, it runs to Newhaven, via Uckfield and Lewes.

Crowborough railway station is located in Jarvis Brook at the bottom of Crowborough Hill. Trains run on the Oxted line which is operated by Southern, providing a direct link with London Bridge, East Croydon, Edenbridge and Uckfield. The journey time to London Bridge is approximately one hour.

The railway arrived in 1868, leading to significant growth of the town. By 1880, the town had grown so much that the ecclesiastical parish of All Saints was separated from that of St Denys, Rotherfield.[4]

In 1734 Sir Henry Fermor, a local benefactor, bequeathed money for a church and charity school for the benefit of the "very ignorant and heathenish people" that lived in the part of Rotherfield "in or near a place called Crowborough and Ashdown Forest".[3] The church, dedicated to All Saints, and primary school still survive today.

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Crowborough has many local businesses such as shops, local professional services and tradesmen who all operate within the town. The local high street has high street shops such as WHSmiths and pharmacy and skip hire companies such as ClickaSkip

Until 2012, Crowborough shared the headquarters of Wealden District Council with Hailsham, 14 miles (22 km) to the south. The Council moved all of their operations to Hailsham in 2012[6] although East Sussex County Council still operates a library service from the Pine Grove building. In July 2014, the Crowborough Community Association put in a bid to buy Pine Grove to retain the library and develop the rest of the building as an "enterprise hub".[7]

Two B roads run through the town. The B2100 starts at the junction with the A26 (Crowborough Cross) and runs east to Lamberhurst via Jarvis Brook, Rotherfield, Mark Cross and Wadhurst. The B2157 Green Lane is a short link between Steel Cross and Crowborough Hill, within the town.

In the late 19th century Crowborough was promoted as a health resort based on its high elevation, the rolling hills and surrounding forest. Estate Agents even called it "Scotland in Sussex". The town's golf course opened in 1895, followed by a fire station and hospital in 1900.[4]

Crowborough became an ecclesiastical parish in 1880: previously it had been part of Rotherfield. A civil parish was established on 6 April 1905; the parish council was renamed as a Town Council on 24 May 1988.[5]

From 1942 to 1982, a site near Crowborough hosted notable radio transmitters, including the Aspidistra transmitter during World War II and, after the war, the BBC External Service broadcasts to Europe transmitters.

On 22 April 1990, Crowborough and Horwich became the first towns in England to be twinned with other English towns.[43]

The town is located on the eastern edge of the Ashdown Forest, an ancient area of open heathland which is protected for its ecological importance and was the setting for A. A. Milne's stories about Winnie-the-Pooh.

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The town is the territorial designation in the title of the Duke of Crowborough (portrayed by Charlie Cox) in the premier episode of the show Downton Abbey.[38] Cox grew up in the vicinity of the town.[39]

Crowborough Netball is a coaching club formed, with help from Crowborough Town Council, in 2013. The club coaches children and adults from those new to the game to league players at Crowborough Leisure Centre, Beacon Academy's Green Lane Gym, and Goldsmiths outdoor court. The club arranges friendly, fun matches and competitions for all ages.[14]

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Crowborough has several recreation grounds, including Goldsmiths Recreation Ground, which was given to the parish by private owners in 1937. The town council has since purchased additional land and has developed the ground into a recreation centre. There are a sports centre with swimming pool; a boating lake; and a miniature railway.[15]

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Crowborough is a rural market town situated within East Sussex, but close to Tunbridge Wells in Kent. The map below shows the location of Crowborough and you'll note its proximity to Brighton, Eastbourne and London. With Gatwick Airport about 40 minutes away by road, Crowborough is well located for transport links to the rest of the world, whilst being in the curtain of lovely countryside.

Crowborough Scout Group is the third largest in the UK.[27]

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