Saddlescombe

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Saddlescombe
Saddlescombe beneath North Hill - geograph.org.uk - 1743586.jpg
Saddlescombe is located in West Sussex
Saddlescombe
Saddlescombe
 Saddlescombe shown within West Sussex
OS grid reference TQ271114
Civil parish Newtimber
District Mid Sussex
Shire county West Sussex
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town POYNINGS
Postcode district BN45
Dialling code 01273
Police Sussex
Fire West Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Arundel and South Downs
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Coordinates: 50°53′19″N 0°11′36″W / 50.88869°N 0.19341°W / 50.88869; -0.19341

Saddlescombe is a hamlet in the Newtimber Parish of Mid Sussex district of West Sussex, England. It lies on the road from Poynings to Brighton, 5.4 miles (8.7km) northwest of Brighton.

Saddlescombe Farm is a busy little hamlet sitting at the base of the Downs which is owned by the National Trust along with the surrounding countryside. Listed as a working farm since the Domesday Book and having belonged to the Knights Templar for around 100 years [1]- there are plenty of historic buildings to explore.

The hamlet consists of several threshing barns, large storage barns, a variety of houses, forge, cattle yard and dairy, duck pond, donkey wheel, pig sties, chicken coops and old stables! There is also a very popular organic cafe in one of the courtyards just off the South Downs Way from where you can view the farm and the free range chickens.

The farm is open several times a year for open days with group tours and events being organised by the National Trust throughout the year. There is no public parking available within the hamlet, but a free gravel car park can be found on the other side of the road which also leads up to the Devil's Dyke viewpoint - and from where you can catch the 77 bus to and from Brighton Station.

For those after a stroll in the fresh air, most of the countryside around Saddlescombe is Open Access meaning you don't have to stick to strict footpaths but can wander freely over this chalkland landscape to admire the views, wild animals and downland plants - some unique to these chalk habitats.

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Saddlescombe Farm and Newtimber Hill - National Trust

'Parishes: Newtimber', A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 7: The rape of Lewes (1940), pp. 204-208.

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