Bishopstone, East Sussex

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Bishopstone
Bishopstone is located in East Sussex
Bishopstone
Bishopstone
Location within East Sussex
OS grid referenceTQ473009
Civil parish
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSEAFORD
Postcode districtBN25
Dialling code01323
PoliceSussex
FireEast Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
East Sussex
50°47′20″N 0°05′18″E / 50.78896°N 0.08840°E / 50.78896; 0.08840Coordinates: 50°47′20″N 0°05′18″E / 50.78896°N 0.08840°E / 50.78896; 0.08840
Bishopstone sundial and church porch in 1912.[1]

Bishopstone Village is a rural hamlet located inside the South Downs National Park. Bishopstone Village has a population of about 200 people, including the nearby hamlet of Norton. It is located on a no-through country lane west of the town of Seaford, East Sussex. Bishopstone Village is in the county of East Sussex, England.

History[edit]

St Andrew's
The medieval tide dial at St Andrew's, marking the canonical hours for its clerics

Bishopstone was an episcopal manor, hence its name meaning "dwelling place of the bishop". The church, dedicated to Saint Andrew, is thought to date from the 8th century, and may well be the oldest in the county. Bishopstone church has an ancient canonical sundial in its porch. The sundial is inscribed with the name Eadric, the King of Kent in 685.[2] It was rebuilt in 1200.

Bishopstone village hall is part of the village life and has local events, it is also the venue for the local table tennis club and is located behind the church. There are no shops or pubs in the village.

Notable residents[edit]

In the 7th century the village is believed to have been the home of a saint, Leofwynn; she was venerated locally in the Dark Ages and medieval times.

The poet James Hurdis was born in the village and there is a memorial to him in the church. The writer and "clairvoyante" Nell St. John Montague is buried in Bishopstone, and her name is included on a memorial for the war dead (she died in London during a bombing in World War II).[3]

Transportation[edit]

Bishopstone is served by Bishopstone railway station, which replaced the original station, Bishopstone Beach Halt in 1942. Bishopstone station was built in 1938 in a distinctive red-brick Charles Holden based Art Deco style, a house style common to the Southern Railway at the time. An integrated pill box was added later above the roof early in World War 2 because of the defensive coverage it gave over the nearby bay and beaches. From Bishopstone railway station there is a regular train service eastwards to Seaford, and north-westwards to Lewes, Brighton, Gatwick, and London.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wall, J. Charles (1912), Porches & Fonts. Pub. Wells, Gardner, Darton & Co., Ltd., London. P. 97.
  2. ^ Wall, J. Charles (1912), Porches & Fonts. Pub. Wells, Gardner, Darton & Co., Ltd., London. P. 67.
  3. ^ Kevin Gordon, (2018-02-21). "A War-Memorial Mystery!". Quirky Sussex History. Retrieved 2019-08-15.

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