History – The Church and Parish
Holy Trinity Church stands on high ground and is clearly visible from all approaches. It has been fittingly described as “a cathedral in the country”. Its size and capacity (with pews seating 330) are out of proportion in relation to the hamlet that it serves. It is an architectural gem, built in local sandstone to a very high standard and with an unusually spacious interior.
The Church is located in the small hamlet of Coleman’s Hatch, on a sharp bend on the north side of the B2110, almost equidistant between the villages of Forest Row and Hartfield, and some 2 miles from each. A minor road opposite the Church leads to the Hatch Inn (1/4 mile) and across the forest to the Ashdown Park Hotel and Ashdown Forest Visitor Centre (both 2 ½ miles) and Wych Cross (3 miles).
The parish of Coleman’s Hatch (population around 700) is a quintessentially rural idyll comprising a scattering of farms, houses and cottages on the Northern fringes of the Ashdown Forest, an area of outstanding natural beauty. ‘Hatch’ is a name for a gate or entrance to the forest. The Church can be seen as the centre of the hamlet as there are no shops and the only other features are the Hatch Inn and a phone box.
Holy Trinity Church, Shepherds Hill, Coleman’s Hatch, East Sussex TN7 4HN