From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Bodiam Castle
Bodiam is located in East Sussex
Location within East Sussex
Area6.5 km2 (2.5 sq mi) [1]
Population393 (Parish-2011)[2]
• Density156/sq mi (60/km2)
OS grid referenceTQ783254
• London45 miles (72 km) NW
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtTN32
Dialling code01580
FireEast Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
East Sussex
51°00′N 0°32′E / 51.00°N 0.54°E / 51.00; 0.54Coordinates: 51°00′N 0°32′E / 51.00°N 0.54°E / 51.00; 0.54

Bodiam (/ˈbdiəm/)[citation needed] is a small village and civil parish[3] in the Rother District district, in East Sussex, England, in the valley of the River Rother near to the villages of Sandhurst and Ewhurst Green. There is a 12th-century church, which contains a brass of a knight with the arms of the de Bodeham family, one of the first lords of the manor. Originally it was a port and crossing point from Battle to North Kent. During the medieval period a great moated castle Bodiam Castle, was built which is now a popular visitor attraction. There is a small range of houses, a pub (The Castle), and a restaurant (The Curlew). Although famous for its castle, Bodiam was also in a main hop-growing area in the last century and was famous for growing hops for Guinness. Reginald B. Levett of Court Lodge Farm would sell part of his land to Guinness to grow hops. A railway was built to provide transport for the hoppers, the Kent and East Sussex Railway (K&ESR), which is now another tourist attraction. The MP of the local UK Parliament constituency is (as of February 2019) is Huw Merrriman.


It has two schools: Bodiam Primary School, a state school, and Claremont Senior School, an independendent. Bodiam Manor school went bankrupt in 2006; consequently Claremont Senior School took over at the start of September 2011.

Notable people[edit]

Bodiam was the birthplace in 1881 of Miss A. E. (Ada Elizabeth) Levett, a leading medieval scholar and vice-principal of St. Hilda's College, Oxford. Levett was one of the first female professors of history in England,[4] having been awarded a chair in history at Westfield College, University of London in 1929.

St Giles church


  1. ^ "East Sussex in Figures". East Sussex County Council. Retrieved 2008-04-26.
  2. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Map of parish boundaries". Retrieved 2013-03-13.
  4. ^ "St. Hilda's College, A History of the County of Oxford, Vol. 3, H. E. Salter and Mary D. Lobel, Victoria County History, 1954, British History Online". Retrieved 2013-03-13.

External links[edit]