Heathfield is a modest market town in East Sussex, England. The town lies near the junction of two main roads: the A267 in between Tunbridge Wells and Eastbourne; and the A265 from Hawkhurst. It is roughly equidistant from Tunbridge Wells and Eastbourne: about 16 mi (26 kilometres). In the past, Heathfield lay on an ancient trackway (The Ridgeway), linking the South Downs with the Weald. Its market charter was given in February 1316 throughout the reign of Edward II. The Wealden iron brought prosperity to the town during the course of the 16th and 17th centuries; the arrival of the train (the Cuckoo Line) in 1880 offered it another new lease of life. The latter was not a financial success and the branch line in between Eridge and Polegate closed in 1968. The trackbed is now named the Cuckoo Trail, part of the National Cycle Network. The original village, described as Old Heathfield, is now only part of the town, which has broadened gradually. The town holds an annual fair named the Heffle Cuckoo Fair each April, and the annual Heathfield show occurs each May in the summertime. There is an Anglo/French market called Le Marché held every year on the August Bank Vacation and a fair that visits throughout the Summer season. There is a rather large football field and a little play area. At Cross-in-Hand there is a rugby club for adults and children. Within the town, there are 2 florists, various churches, a few hair and beauty salons, 2 boutiques, an electrical store, 2 bookshops, 2 ironmongers, 5 charity stores, 2 bars, a green grocer, a butcher, a baker, 2 antique shops, a grocery store, and a number of banks, estate agents, and eateries. For all your home renovations, be sure to find trustworthy experts in Heathfield to make certain of quality.