About Vines Cross
The village of Vines Cross is believed to have been named after John Vyne “The Vintner” of Hellingly in 1595.
However, there is evidence that can be seen today in the form of vines and, hence, grapes in the area. Indeed, there is a winery nearby. One suggestion is that the village name could have come from the cross at the vines.
This dormitory village once had a thriving school, bakers, post office, church and grocers, but now only has a public house (The Brewers Arms) and a garage at the centre and cross roads of the village. The garage was once a forge and blacksmiths and sits alongside “Forge Cottage”. Housing is a mixture of original dwellings and more modern designs. There is still evidence of the iron industry to be seen including the names of roads, houses and adjacent areas. Vines Cross supports and enjoys many communities including artisans, writers and artists, professionals, the retired, young people and workers in commercial and light industrial sectors. The young enjoy primary education at Maynard’s Green School and St Mary’s School and beyond. The secondary and tertiary sectors are catered for at Heathfied, Lewes and Eastbourne. Brighton and Sussex Universities are an easy drive away with campuses at Falmer, Eastbourne, Hastings and Brighton.
The Vines Cross Community Association (VCCA) and “History Group” still meet and plan activities. The VCCA has recently organised events for young children, carols at Christmas and fetes. The VCCA was originally created with the express task of finding land and building a village hall for functions and events. However, with modern lifestyles and technology the need for this facility has lessoned.
Vines Cross also had a very active “bonfire society” that organised fireworks and festivities. Due to access issues on local land unfortunately fireworks have been less prominent in the village calendar.
There are many public footpaths that cross the area and the “Cuckoo Trail” is a short walk away.
Public transport in the immediate area is limited.
Vines Cross has one of the smallest libraries in the country and is situated in the village and housed in a refurbished “Telephone Kiosk”- with a leave a book/take a book scheme.