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Piddinghoe is located in East Sussex
 Piddinghoe shown within East Sussex
Area  3.8 km2 (1.5 sq mi) [1]
Population 264 (Parish-2007)[1]
   – density  180/sq mi (69/km2)
OS grid reference TQ433031
   – London  48 miles (77 km) N 
District Lewes
Shire county East Sussex
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NEWHAVEN
Postcode district BN9
Dialling code 01273
Police Sussex
Fire East Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Lewes
List of places
East Sussex

Coordinates: 50°49′N 0°02′E / 50.81°N 0.03°E / 50.81; 0.03

Piddinghoe church

Piddinghoe is a village and civil parish in the Lewes District of East Sussex, England. It is located in the valley of the River Ouse between Lewes and Newhaven, five miles (8 km) south of the former, downstream of Southease.

The village was once a central player in Sussex smuggling. It is also notable for having the only remaining bottle-shaped brick kiln in the country.

St John's Church is one of three in the Ouse Valley with a round Norman tower, the others being at nearby Southease and Lewes.

Piddinghoe is regularly visited by sailing enthusiasts as the body of water by the village is a fine location for dinghy sailing in particular but also windsurfing.[2]

An old saying of unknown origin says that "Piddinghoe people shoe their magpies".[3] One theory is that this refers to the habit of shoeing oxen, which if black and white, were called magpies.[4]


Piddinghoe does not appear in the Domesday Book, but by 1220 a manor of that name was in the hands of William de Warenne.[3]

In the 13th century the village name appears as Peddinghowe or Pidingeho and in the 14th century as Pydynghowe.[3]

In 1929 part of the parish on the coast was made into the parish of Peacehaven.[3]


Piddinghoe Church in 1851

At a local level Piddinghoe is governed by Piddinghoe Parish Council. Their responsibilities include footpaths, street lighting, playgrounds and minor planning applications. The parish council has five seats available[5] although only four were filled in the uncontested May 2007 election.[6]

The next level of government is the district council. The parish of Piddinghoe lies within the Kingston ward of Lewes District Council, which returns a single seat to the council. The election on 4 May 2007 elected a Liberal Democrat[7]

East Sussex County Council is the next tier of government, for which Piddinghoe is within the Newhaven and Ouse Valley West division, with responsibility for education, libraries, social services, civil registration, trading standards and transport. elections for the county council are held every four years. The Liberal Democrat David Rogers OBE was elected in the 2005 election.[8]

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

At European level, Piddinghoe 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.[9]


  1. ^ a b "East Sussex in Figures". East Sussex County Council. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  2. ^ "Dinghy sailing and windsurfing". Retrieved 18 January 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d Piddinghoe, Louis Francis Salzman, A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 7
  4. ^ Newhaven to Lewes
  5. ^ Crawford, John (19 March 2007). "Notice of Election" (PDF). Lewes District Council. Retrieved 15 November 2008. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Results – Town and Parish Council Elections" (PDF). Lewes District Council. 3 May 2007. Retrieved 24 September 2008. 
  7. ^ "Election Results". Lewes District Council. 2007-05-04. Retrieved 2008-11-15. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Councillor David Rogers OBE". Find your Councillor. East Sussex County Council. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  9. ^ "UK MEP's". UK Office of the European Parliament. Archived from the original on 2007-09-17. Retrieved 2007-09-19. 

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