Chailey

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Chailey
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The Green
Chailey is located in East Sussex
Chailey
Chailey
 Chailey shown within East Sussex
Area  24.9 km2 (9.6 sq mi) [1]
Population 2,728 (2007) [1]
   – density  281/sq mi (108/km2)
OS grid reference TQ395194
   – London  30 miles (48 km) north 
District Lewes
Shire county East Sussex
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LEWES
Postcode district BN8
Dialling code 01273
Police Sussex
Fire East Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Lewes
Website http://www.chailey.org/
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Coordinates: 50°58′N 0°01′W / 50.96°N 0.01°W / 50.96; -0.01

Chailey is a village and civil parish in the Lewes District of East Sussex, England. It is located ten miles (16 km) north of Lewes, on the A272 road from Winchester to Canterbury. The Prime Meridian passes just to the east of Chailey.

The parish consists of the settlements: South Chailey (which also incorporates South Common), South Street, Chailey (also known as Chailey Green) and North Chailey (which incorporates the North Common).

The windmill is situated on the Red House Common. There used to be a mill on the South Common in South Chailey, opposite where Chailey School is situated, but it has worn away over time. The parish church is dedicated to St. Peter and is recorded as having been built in 1256. Recently a special service was held to commemorate its 750 years. At one time Chailey had more churches than pubs. The churches being St Peter's, St Martin's (within Chailey Heritage), Chailey Free Church, St John's (now housing in South Common), and St Mary's (now redundant) at North Common, and the pubs being the King's Head, Five Bells, Horns Lodge and the Swan House. In addition it is believed another chapel was sited near the Bluebell railway.

Governance[edit]

Chailey is governed at the local level by Chailey Parish Council which consists of eleven councillors meeting twice monthly. The parish council is responsible for local amenities such as the provision of litter bins, bus shelters and allotments. They also provide a voice into the district council meetings. The May 2007 election was uncontested due to only eight candidates standing.[2] Three more councillors were later co-opted to the council.[3]

The next level of government is Lewes District Council. The District council supplies services such as refuse collection, planning consent, leisure amenities and council tax collection. Chailey is covered by the Chailey and Wivelsfield ward which returns two seats. In the May 2007 election, two councillors from the local Conservative party were elected.[4]

Chailey lies within the Chailey ward for the next tier of government, East Sussex County Council. The ward also includes Ditchling, East Chiltington, Newick, Plumpton, St John Without, Streat, Westmeston and Wivelsfield. The County Council provides services such as roads and transport, social services, libraries and trading standards. The June 2009 election resulted in a win for the Conservative Meg Stroude.[5]

The UK Parliament constituency for Chailey is Lewes. The Liberal Democrat Norman Baker has been serving as the constituency MP since 1997.

At European level, Chailey is represented by the South-East region, which holds ten seats in the European Parliament. The June 2004 election returned four Conservatives, two Liberal Democrats, two UK Independence, one Labour and one Green, none of whom live in East Sussex.[6]

Landmarks[edit]

The Heritage windmill

Chailey Common is a Site of Special Scientific Interest that is located within the parish. The site, which is part of a nature reserve, is of biological interest due to its heath habitat.[7]

Schools[edit]

There are three schools in the village: Chailey St Peters Primary School, which is the primary school in South Chailey; Chailey School, which is the secondary school in South Chailey; and Chailey Heritage School, which is a special needs school on Chailey Common.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "East Sussex in Figures". East Sussex County Council. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  2. ^ "Candidates - Town and Parish Council Elections" (PDF). Lewes District Council. 2007-05-03. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  3. ^ "Chailey Parish Council News". Chailey Parish Council. 2008-03-03. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  4. ^ "Election Results: 4 May 2007". Lewes District Council. Retrieved 2008-05-31. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Find your councillor". Lewes District Council. Retrieved 7 June 2009. 
  6. ^ "UK MEP's". UK Office of the European Parliament. Archived from the original on 2007-01-24. Retrieved 2007-01-25. 
  7. ^ "Natural England - SSSI". English Nature. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 

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  • Chailey is also a modern day female Christian name which derived from the original Latin spelling is Coeli, meaning "Of Heaven."
    • Chailey has taken on several spellings such as Coeli, Caeli, and Ceali. All derivatives of the original name "Coeli".