Church of St Mary The Virgin Ninfield East Sussex - - 97095.jpg

Church of St Mary The Virgin, Ninfield
Ninfield is located in East Sussex
Location within East Sussex
Area10.6 km2 (4.1 sq mi) [1]
Population1,562 (2011)[2]
• Density372/sq mi (144/km2)
OS grid referenceTQ706124
• London49 miles (79 km) NNW
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBATTLE
Postcode districtTN33
Dialling code01424
FireEast Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
East Sussex
50°52′59″N 0°25′16″E / 50.883°N 0.421°E / 50.883; 0.421Coordinates: 50°52′59″N 0°25′16″E / 50.883°N 0.421°E / 50.883; 0.421

Ninfield is a village and civil parish in the Wealden District of East Sussex, England. The village is quite linear and centred 4 miles (6.4 km) north of Bexhill-on-Sea where two roads cross: the A269 from Bexhill to Battle and the A271 to Hailsham. The parish covers 2,500 acres (1,010 ha); approximately the northern half of which is in the High Weald AONB.

To the west of the village is Standard Hill, said to be the place that William the Conqueror placed his flag after the Battle of Hastings.[3] As with many other Wealden villages, it was involved in the iron industry: that fact is commemorated by the presence in the village of a set of iron stocks. Smuggling was also rife in the eighteenth century.

The village name is said to come from the fact that it was originally composed of nine and three quarter fields.[citation needed]

Civil parish and civic events

The parish council consists of nine councillors.[4] They put on several events, including a gala with professional cabaret, each year to raise money for nominated charities such as Alzheimers and Sussex Ambulance.


Ninfield has a primary school,[5] a post office, a shop and two pubs- The Kings Arms and the Blacksmiths Inn. It has two churches, its medieval parish church dedicated to St Mary the Virgin; and the Methodist church.

Cultural references and former residents

Ninfield was once featured in an episode of the classic comedy The Goon Show entitled The Nadger Plague and first broadcast by the BBC in October 1956. In the episode, set in the 16th century, the residents of Ninfield were left terrified when two carriers of the titular plague, which caused the seats of peoples' trousers to "burn out", arrived in the village. The episode was written by Spike Milligan, a sometime resident of East Sussex.

Ninfield, East Sussex, is the former residence of the well known gay rights campaigner and automobile Enthusiast Neil Slaughter.

James T.A. Osborne (d. 1979), painter, artistic print maker, etcher and engraver long settled in Ninfield.

Local government

Ninfield is currently drawn, for the purposes of the fair apportionment of District Councillors as part of electoral ward: Ninfield and Hooe with Wartling. The population of this ward at the 2011 Census was 2,543.[6]

Built-up component

The central, contiguous area of 558 homes on 65 hectares has been identified as a small Built-up Area, in the statistical government bodies definition (ONS and GSS) and had in 2011 a total of 1,307 residents.[7] Population density of this area was 20.1 persons per hectare.

Notable people

eSports participant and sim-racer Jimmy Broadbent is from Ninfield.


  1. ^ "East Sussex in Figures". East Sussex County Council. Retrieved 26 April 2008.
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  3. ^ Historical notes, Vision of Britain website
  4. ^ "The Parish Council representatives". Archived from the original on 29 October 2007. Retrieved 12 May 2008.
  5. ^ Ninfield CE Primary School website
  6. ^ "Ninfield and Hooe with Wartling ward population 2011". Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Custom report - Nomis - Official Labour Market Statistics".

Media related to Ninfield at Wikimedia Commons