Stedham's watermill at the north end of the village was used for manufacturing blotting paper. The village has a garden centre, primary school, social club and one pub called The Hamilton Arms, which acts as a Thai restaurant. The village shop closed in 1991.
St James’ Church is situated at the north end of the village just above the River Rother. The original church was built circa 1040, however not much of this is left. The upper parts of the church are dated circa 1673. The church is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The churchyard contains a yew tree which is thought to be over 2500 years old.
The late media tycoon, Kerry Packer, caused controversy in the late 1980s when he bought many acres of agriculture land a few miles from Stedham and converted it into a polo centre. In 2009, his son, James Packer, decided to found the Stedham Polo Centre.
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