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Uckfield is for many people a town they pass by on the A22 and A26. There are various theories about the meaning and origins of the name.  The fact that the nearby river is call Uck is probably not a co-incidence, but is the river named after the town, or is the town named after the river?  There are a number of theories, but none are proven by any means.  The most popular theories are that the name comes from the Celtic Word for High "Uchafedd", or that the town and river are named after a Saxon man called Ucha.

Historical documents from the late 1200s make reference to Uckfield, but there is archeological evidence that the area was inhabited many centuries before then.  The location of the settlements was an easy crossing point over the river.  The earliest buildings were built right there by the river, and the rest of the town was built around it.  The town's location by the river have not always been a blessing.  The town has a long history of flooding of various kinds.

Tree two major roads which pass the town have helped its relative importance in the previous century.  The A22 from Eastbourne to the A23 runs past the town, as does the A 26, which runs from Newhaven to Tunbridge Wells.  The third road is the A272, which runs from East to West between the North and South Downs.

Other areas of interest in and around the town are the disappearance of Lord Lucan,  the nearby Piltdown Man farm, and the Nan Tuck's Ghost, which is supposed to haunt a nearby wood.