Bodiam

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Bodiam
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Bodiam Castle
Bodiam is located in East Sussex
Bodiam
Bodiam
 Bodiam shown within East Sussex
Area  6.5 km2 (2.5 sq mi) [1]
Population 391 (Parish-2007)[1]
   – density  156/sq mi (60/km2)
OS grid reference TQ783254
   – London  45 miles (72 km) NW 
District Rother
Shire county East Sussex
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ROBERTSBRIDGE
Postcode district TN32
Dialling code 01580
Police Sussex
Fire East Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Bexhill and Battle
List of places
UK
England
East Sussex

Coordinates: 51°00′N 0°32′E / 51.00°N 0.54°E / 51.00; 0.54

Bodiam is a small village and civil parish[2] in East Sussex, England, in the valley of the River Rother near to the villages of Sandhurst and Ewhurst Green. It is home to Bodiam Castle, a small range of houses, a pub (called The Castle) opposite Bodiam Castle, and a restaurant (called The Curlew). It has two schools: Bodiam Primary School, a state school, and Bodiam Manor School, an independent preparatory school. There is also a 12th-century church, which contains a brass of a knight with the arms of the de Bodeham family, one of the first lords of the manor.

Bodiam Manor went bankrupt. Claremont Senior school is set to take over at the start of September 2011

Originally it was a port and crossing point from Battle to North Kent. During the medieval period a great moated castle was built and is now a popular visitor attraction. Although famous for its castle, Bodiam was also in a main hop-growing area in the last century and was famous for growing hops for Guinness. Reginald B. Levett of Court Lodge Farm would sell part of his land to Guinness to grow hops. A railway was built to provide transport for the hoppers, the Kent and East Sussex Railway, which is now a tourist attraction along with the castle.

Bodiam was the birthplace in 1881 of Miss A. E. (Ada Elizabeth) Levett, a leading medieval scholar and vice-principal of St. Hilda's College, Oxford. Levett was one of the first female professors of history in England,[3] having been awarded a chair in history at Westfield College, University of London in 1929.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "East Sussex in Figures". East Sussex County Council. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  2. ^ "Map of parish boundaries". Homepages.gold.ac.uk. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  3. ^ "St. Hilda's College, A History of the County of Oxford, Vol. 3, H. E. Salter and Mary D. Lobel, Victoria County History, 1954, British History Online". British-history.ac.uk. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 

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