Today the village gives its name to the country’s oldest organic vineyard which has been producing award winning English wines for the past thirty years.
Sedlescombe. Rich in archaeological remains, the village traces its roots back to Roman times. Iron making, first by the Romans, was an important industry here until the seventeenth century. The manufacture of charcoal however, once essential for the smelting process, continued here until the late twentieth century. Many pretty half-timbered houses, from the fifteenth century onwards, surround the village green. Of these Asselton House is one of the oldest, having formerly been called ‘Asselton Bath’ from the belief that it was built on the site of a Roman bath house. Today the village gives its name to the country’s oldest organic vineyard which has been producing award winning English wines for the past thirty years.
Situated in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is the pretty village of Sedlescombe, which has a local general store, primary school, church of St John the Baptist, Inn, doctor’s surgery, long triangular green and Brickwall Hotel. The village is on a bus route to surrounding areas with the historic Abbey town of Battle within four miles offering a wider range of local shopping facilities with supermarkets, banks, and schools. Battle station is on the Hastings to London Cannon Street line offering commuter service of trains. The larger coastal town of Hastings is within 7 miles. Tunbridge Wells is about 35 minutes’ drive inland providing a more comprehensive range of cultural and shopping facilities. 12 miles to the south east is the Ancient Town and Cinque Port of Rye, renowned for its medieval fortifications and fine period architecture. There are a number of state/private schools in the area including Claverham Community College and Battle Abbey at Battle, Vinehall School, Robertsbridge, Marlborough House and St Ronans at Hawkhurst and Claremont on the outskirts of Hastings.