Church of the Transfiguration, Pyecombe by R. H. Nibbs, 1851
Pyecombe shown within West Sussex
|Area||8.87 km2 (3.42 sq mi) |
|Population||200  2001 Census|
|– density||23 /km2 (60 /sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|– London||42 miles (68 km) N|
|Shire county||West Sussex|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||Arundel and South Downs|
Pyecombe is a village and civil parish in the Mid Sussex District of West Sussex, England. It is located 7 miles (11 km) to the north of Brighton. The civil parish covers an area of 887 hectares (2,190 acres) and has a population of 200 (2001 census).
The parish church, the Church of the Transfiguration, was largely built in 1170. The village inn is the Plough; and there is Pyecombe Golf Club just to the north of the village. There is also a riding school The Three Greys and a stud Brendon Stud in the locality.
The word 'Pyecombe' is thought to derive from the Saxon name "peac cumb" which means 'the peak valley'. Actually the parish of Pyecombe comprises two settlements, one called 'Pyecombe' and the other 'Pyecombe Street'. These are about a quarter of a mile apart. The reason for the gap between the two parts of the village is unsure but it is generally thought to be a consequence of plague in the 17th century which necessitated the temporary abandonment of the main settlement and its 13th century Saxo-Norman church.
The village lies on the London to Brighton Way Roman road, as well as on 18th and 19th century turnpike roads over Clayton Hill.
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