Heading west into the village
Hellingly shown within East Sussex
|Area||19.6 km2 (7.6 sq mi) |
|– density||205/sq mi (79/km2)|
|OS grid reference|
|– London||45 miles (72 km) NNW|
|Shire county||East Sussex|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
The entirely rural and suburban village is centred exactly 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of the small town of Hailsham. The dependent village of Lower Dicker is within its boundaries.
The village, like many others on the Weald, was involved in the Wealden iron industry. The watermill connected with the industry is no longer in operation. Horselunges Manor is a moated Tudor manor house, restored by Walter Godfrey in the 1930s.
Hellingly Hospital occupies land in the east of the village, and from 1903 until 1994 the hospital served East Sussex. The hospital now stands derelict, but is earmarked for redevelopment.
The main sports clubs in the village are Hellingly Rugby Club and Hellingly cricket club, which are both at Horsebridge recreation ground.
There are fourteen parish councillors on Hellingly Parish Council.
The 14th-century parish church is dedicated to St Peter and St Paul. The chancel dates from about 1200, and the shafts with annulets round the windows and the band of palmettes under them are substantially original. There is stained glass in the east lancet windows by William Morris & Co. Zoar Strict Baptist Chapel was founded in 1837 at Lower Dicker.
This settlement had a railway station on the Polegate to Eridge line which closed on the growth of motorised transport in the rural parts of county in 1968. The village is now served by buses run by Stagecoach.
Peter Grant (1935–1995), actor and music executive, is buried in the civil cemetery here, following a funeral in the parish church. Grant lived in Hellingly at Horselunges Manor, which was featured in the opening scene in Led Zeppelin's film, The Song Remains the Same.
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