Denton, East Sussex

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Denton is located in East Sussex
Denton shown within East Sussex
OS grid reference TQ451023
• London 49 miles (79 km) N
Civil parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NEWHAVEN
Postcode district BN9
Dialling code 01273
Police Sussex
Fire East Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
East Sussex
50°48′09″N 0°03′32″E / 50.8025°N 0.05885°E / 50.8025; 0.05885Coordinates: 50°48′09″N 0°03′32″E / 50.8025°N 0.05885°E / 50.8025; 0.05885
Acacia Road

Denton is a small village inside the town boundary of Newhaven, East Sussex, England.[1][2] It adjoins the suburbs of South Heighton and Mount Pleasant and backs onto the South Downs

The Manor of Denton was held in Saxon times by Earl Godwin, Father of King Harold II Godwinson. It seems likely that Denton was destroyed during the Saxon rebellion of 1068. It does not appear in the Domesday Book of 1086. The name Denton comes from Old English and means farmstead or village in a valley.[3]

Denton's church, St. Leonard's, was first built around 1288, later extended and carefully restored during the Decorated Period. The walls are of flint and stone and the Vestry was added during the 20th Century. The remains of what is thought to have been a Priest's House in the west end of the churchyard, dating from about 1280, have recently been partly restored. The village has a junior school and one pub, the "Flying Fish" (originally named the "Kicking Donkey") which dates back to the 18th Century.

Ralph Reader who created the Gang Show for the Scout movement was from the village and the local Scout group is known as "The 2nd Denton & South Heighton (Ralph Reader's Own)".

There is also a man-made island called Denton Island, in the middle of Newhaven Harbour, which featured a Toll Bridge which the residents of Denton village were exempt from paying.


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 198 Brighton & Lewes (Worthing, Horsham & Haywards Heath) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2011. ISBN 9780319231432. 
  2. ^ "Ordnance Survey: 1:50,000 Scale Gazetteer" (csv (download)). Ordnance Survey. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Mills, A.D. (2011) [first published 1991]. A Dictionary of British Place Names (First edition revised 2011 ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 149. ISBN 9780199609086. 

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