This picturesque Village lies 5 miles south east of Heathfield off the B2096. There are several attractive brick and tile hung Cottages, and next to the church is a fine timber-framed house. Dallington Forest used to manufacture charcoal, an important source of fuel for the Wealden Iron-making industry. Much of their supply went to the Heathfield furnace owned by the Fullers of Brightling, and also to the Ashburnham furnace a few miles to the south east. Hemings Place was the Manor House of the Village, until it burned down in 1803.

In a field north of the B2096 lies the "Sugar Loaf", one of the follies of Mad Jack Fuller. The original Church of St Giles, was dismantled in 1864, and rebuilt with only the crenellated tower, and the spire surviving. The spire is a rarity in Sussex, as it is tiled in stone. On the west face of the tower are the carved shield and buckle symbol of the Pelham family. Sir John Pelham fought in the Battle of Poiters in 1356.

The aircraft of Flying Officer Peter Guerin Crofts crashed at Earl's Down at precisely 1.55pm on September 28th 1940. The young pilot bailed out and landed at nearby South View Farm, but died from his wounds. His mother had a memorial cross erected on the spot where he fell. The cross is tended by the Heathfield branch of the R.A.F.A.

The late Captain 'Mac' camouflage expert, war hero and Fleet Street cartoonist lived in Dallington for 45 years. His real name was George Douglas Machin, and was known locally as a charming but eccentric character. He served as a balloon observer in the First World War, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He gained fame as a cartoonist for his work on the soldiers newspaper, "Blighty". His output was prolific and his signature, 'Mac' appeared on drawings in scores of publications.

It is strongly believed by the Villagers, that a man from the Village fought with General George Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, in 1876. This belief is not totally far-fetched, as many former British Cavalrymen joined the ranks of U.S. cavalry during the Indian Wars. Unfortunately, there is no-one who can put a name to the East Sussex recruit who died at the hands of the Sioux, in Custers Last Stand at Greasy Grass!

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