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Peasmarsh is located in East Sussex
 Peasmarsh shown within East Sussex
Area  15.8 km2 (6.1 sq mi) [1]
Population 1,167 (Parish-2007)[1]
   – density  191/sq mi (74/km2)
OS grid reference TQ886229
   – London  50 miles (80 km) NW 
District Rother
Shire county East Sussex
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town RYE
Postcode district TN31
Dialling code 01797
Police Sussex
Fire East Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Bexhill and Battle
List of places
East Sussex

Coordinates: 50°59′N 0°41′E / 50.98°N 0.69°E / 50.98; 0.69

Peasmarsh is a village and civil parish in East Sussex in England. It is located on the A268 road between Rye and Beckley, some three miles (4.8 km) north-west of Rye.

The village church, dedicated to St Peter and Paul,[2] lies about one mile (1.6 km) from the village; it is thought the village centre was moved after the Black Death plague.[3] There are three public houses and a motel in close proximity to the village; and a country house hotel with a leisure centre. The village is also home to a major independent supermarket. Peasmarsh Place, now a residential care home, is to the south-east of the village.

Every year, in June, the Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival, bringing world-class concerts of chamber music, is held in the church.[4]


The lowest level of government is the Peasmarsh parish council. 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 parish council comprises nine councillors with elections being held every four years. The May 2007 election was uncontested.[5]

Rother District council provides the next level of government with services such as refuse collection, planning consent, leisure amenities and council tax collection. Peasmarsh lies within the Rother Levels ward, which provides two councillors. The May 2007 election returned two Conservatives councillors.

East Sussex county council is the third tier of government, providing education, libraries and highway maintenance. Peasmarsh falls within the Northern Rother ward. Peter Jones, Conservative, was elected in the May 2005 election with 49.7% of the vote.

The UK Parliament constituency for Peasmarsh is Bexhill and Battle. Gregory Barker was re-elected in the May 2005 election.

At European level, Peasmarsh is represented by the South-East region, which holds ten seats in the European Parliament. The June 2004 election returned 4 Conservatives, 2 Liberal Democrats, 2 UK Independence, 1 Labour and 1 Green, none of whom live in East Sussex.[6]

Notable residents (past & present)[edit]


  1. ^ a b "East Sussex in Figures". East Sussex County Council. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  2. ^ Morrison, Kathryn A (22 April 1989). "St Peter and St Paul, Peasmarsh, Sussex". The Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland. The British Academy. Retrieved 2008-09-28. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Peasmarsh, East Sussex". DomainSupport ltd. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  4. ^ "Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival". Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  5. ^ Stevens, Derek (2007-04-04). "Notice of Election" (pdf). Rother District Council. Retrieved 2008-11-17. [dead link]
  6. ^ "UK MEP's". UK Office of the European Parliament. Archived from the original on 2007-01-24. Retrieved 2007-01-25. 
  7. ^ "Granny Smith and her Apples". Retrieved 2007-08-11. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Peasmarsh at Wikimedia Commons