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Coordinates: 50°48′11″N 0°02′28″W / 50.8030°N 0.0411°W / 50.8030; -0.0411

Looking towards Saltdean from the cliff top
Saltdean is located in East Sussex
 Saltdean shown within East Sussex
District Lewes (East Saltdean), Brighton and Hove (West Saltdean)
Unitary authority Lewes (East Saltdean), Brighton and Hove (West Saltdean)
Ceremonial county East Sussex
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRIGHTON
Postcode district BN2
Dialling code 01273
Police Sussex
Fire East Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Brighton Kemptown
List of places
East Sussex

Saltdean is a coastal village and residential district located on the chalk cliffs of the south coast of England in East Sussex, United Kingdom. It is situated on the eastern edge of the city of Brighton and Hove, with part (known as East Saltdean) outside the city boundary in Lewes district. Saltdean is approximately 5 miles east of central Brighton, 5 miles west of Newhaven, and 6 miles south of Lewes. It is bordered by farmland and the South Downs National Park.


Saltdean was open farmland belonging to the village of Rottingdean, and almost uninhabited, until the 1924 when land was sold off for speculative building. Some of this was promoted by entrepreneur Charles W. Neville, who had set up a company to develop the site (he also eventually built nearby towns Peacehaven and parts of Rottingdean).[1] Saltdean mainly has a shingle beach, fronted by a promenade, the Undercliff Walk, which can be reached by steps from the cliff top. The buildings nearest the beach are the most architecturally varied, and include some influenced by international trends of the inter-war years, e.g. Bauhaus and Cubism, and there are some which are Spanish influenced. The most famous building is the Saltdean Lido community centre, public library and open air swimming-pool, designed by architect R.W.H. Jones. He also designed other buildings in the area, including the former Grand Ocean Hotel, built using Art Deco 'ocean liner' architecture.[2] The Lido has recently been returned to Brighton and Hove City Council who are at present (Jan 2013) inviting tenders for its future management. Saltdean is now a prosperous village suburb of the city of Brighton and Hove, whilst its eastern side is administratively part of the neighbouring Lewes District Council.


Saltdean is situated by the sea in a 'Dean' (Saxon/Old English : Valley), with the surrounding hills of the South Downs National Park forming a large central dip where the oval Saltdean Park and The Lido are located, looking out over the nearby sea. The tree lined roads and avenues radiate out in wide oval curves in order to follow the contours of the local topography. The plan of the settlement was designed from inception to vary considerably from Peacehaven's more grid-like system.


Saltdean Primary School is the only school. There is a library in the Lido building.

Sport and leisure[edit]

Saltdean has a Non-League football club Saltdean United F.C. who play at Hill Park. It also has tennis courts, outdoor bowls green and skate park all situated on Saltdean Oval. A sea swimming group meets weekly on the beach and holds traditional Boxing Day and New Year's Day swims.

Cultural references[edit]

Saltdean is referenced in the chapter "The Sensational Sage of the Saltdean Stallion" of the fantasy novel The Brightonomicon.The book "Poems from a Cave in Saltdean" (2010) makes reference to local geography.

The changing landscape of Saltdean in the 20th century is referenced in the song "'Ouses, 'Ouses, 'Ouses" on the album "The Imagined Village" on Real World Records. The song was co-written by John Copper, the sixth generation of his family to sing songs about Sussex, and reminisces about his grandfather's experience as a shepherd in the area.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Beginning of Saltdean Today". Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Douglas D'Enno (1985). The Saltdean story. Phillimore. ISBN 0-85033-573-6. 

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