Etchingham is a small Village in East Sussex, situated west of the A21, between Hastings and Royal Tunbridge Wells, where the Rivers Dudwell, Limden and Rother join to flow down to the sea at Rye. The Village has developed over several centuries from an Anglo Saxon settlement. The name ‘Etchingham’ is probably derived from Old English, and roughly translates as "The homestead or enclosure of family and followers of a man called Ecci". The Village is situated on the A265 which runs from the A21 to Lewes and has a General Stores, Family Butchers, Post Office, Church, Village Hall, Social Club and Railway Station with trains running to London Bridge, Waterloo and Charing Cross (65mins), and down to Hastings (16mins). The Village is therefore an excellent settlement for commuters using both the rail and road networks. Nearby Hawkhurst has a more comprehensive range of shopping, banking, dining and recreational facilities including a Jempsons Supermarket.
The 14th Century Church in Etchingham has a number of notable features including probably the oldest brass weathervane in England still in its original position. The Church also boasts the largest series of Misericords in Sussex, with the exception of those in Chichester Cathedral. Misericords are small 'comfort' ledges fitted under tip up stalls, designed to give a resting point for monks and others who had to stand for long periods during long medieval services. These were often ornately carved with leaves or decoration, look closely and you will find one that depicts a fox preaching to geese.