The village of Mayfield needs no introduction to people from the surrounding area. It is a large village in north-east Sussex, 9 miles south of Tunbridge Wells off the A267. It has a beautiful High Street with raised red brick pavements. The village sign shows the figure of a young woman and children in a flower covered meadow, illustrating the Saxon origin of the village name, Maghefeld, or Maid’s Field.
Like many places in the area Mayfield prospered at the height of the iron industry and much of its finest architecture dates from that time. The “Middle House”, in the High Street is a splendid oak beamed Tudor Inn. The date 1575 is carved into the barge boards. Eighteen years before the inn was built during the reign of Queen Mary, four Protestants were condemned here and burned at the stake in Lewes . The martyrs were not forgotten by the community which has a thriving bonfire society. In fact Mayfield’s Bonfire Boys and Belles, are one of the oldest bonfire organisations in the country.
The Middle House is one of several places in the village where it is possible to enjoy a fine meal or drink before or after seeing a Phoenix production. These include:
|The Middle House, High St, Mayfield, East Sussex, TN20 6AB||01435 872146|
|The Rose and Crown, Fletching St, Mayfield, East Sussex, TN20 6TE||01435 873849|
|Strudel, Church View, 4 High St, Mayfield, East Sussex, TN20 6AB||01435 873375|
|The Pink Cabbage Produce Company, High Street, Mayfield, TN20 6AB||01435 872557|
We are proud of our village and hope if you don’t join us as a member of the Phoenix you will come and see one of our productions and enjoy the hospitality of our Old English Village!