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Heading west into the village
Hellingly is located in East Sussex
 Hellingly shown within East Sussex
Area  19.6 km2 (7.6 sq mi) [1]
Population 1,552 (2007)[1]
   – density  205/sq mi (79/km2)
OS grid reference TQ581122
   – London  45 miles (72 km) NNW 
District Wealden
Shire county East Sussex
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HAILSHAM
Postcode district BN27
Dialling code 01323
Police Sussex
Fire East Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Wealden
Website http://www.hellingly-pc.org.uk/
List of places
East Sussex

Coordinates: 50°53′N 0°15′E / 50.89°N 0.25°E / 50.89; 0.25

Hellingly (pronounced 'Helling-lye') is a village and civil parish in the Wealden District of East Sussex, England.


The entirely rural and suburban village is centred exactly 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of the small town of Hailsham. The dependent village of Lower Dicker is within its boundaries.


The village, like many others on the Weald, was involved in the Wealden iron industry. The watermill connected with the industry is no longer in operation. Horselunges Manor is a moated Tudor manor house, restored by Walter Godfrey in the 1930s.


Hellingly Hospital occupies land in the east of the village, and from 1903 until 1994 the hospital served East Sussex. The hospital now stands derelict, but is earmarked for redevelopment.


The main sports clubs in the village are Hellingly Rugby Club and Hellingly cricket club, which are both at Horsebridge recreation ground.


There are fourteen parish councillors on Hellingly Parish Council.[2]


Hellingly contains the confluence of the River Cuckmere and one of its tributaries close to the centre, on the lower southern slopes of the gentle uplands forming the Weald.


The tower of the parish church
Hellingly Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul

The 14th-century parish church is dedicated to St Peter and St Paul.[3] The chancel dates from about 1200, and the shafts with annulets round the windows and the band of palmettes under them are substantially original. There is stained glass in the east lancet windows by William Morris & Co. Zoar Strict Baptist Chapel was founded in 1837 at Lower Dicker.[4]


This settlement had a railway station on the Polegate to Eridge line which closed on the growth of motorised transport in the rural parts of county in 1968. The village is now served by buses run by Stagecoach.[5]

Notable people[edit]

An aerial photograph of Horselunges Manor
Horselunges Manor, Hellingly

Peter Grant (1935–1995), actor and music executive, is buried in the civil cemetery here, following a funeral in the parish church. Grant lived in Hellingly at Horselunges Manor, which was featured in the opening scene in Led Zeppelin's film, The Song Remains the Same.


  1. ^ a b "East Sussex in Figures". East Sussex County Council. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  2. ^ Parish councillors
  3. ^ St Peter and St Paul church
  4. ^ Smith, Lez (2003). A History of the Dicker: Two Sussex Villages. Hailsham: Lez Smith. p. 13. ISBN 0-9546322-0-6. 
  5. ^ Bus services

External links[edit]

Media related to Hellingly at Wikimedia Commons