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The Norman church of St Peter and St Paul, Peasmarsh.jpg
The Norman church of St Peter and St Paul, Peasmarsh
Peasmarsh is located in East Sussex
Location within East Sussex
Area15.8 km2 (6.1 sq mi) [1]
Population1,163 (Parish-2011)[2]
• Density191/sq mi (74/km2)
OS grid referenceTQ886229
• London50 miles (80 km) NW
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townRYE
Postcode districtTN31
Dialling code01797
FireEast Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
East Sussex
50°59′N 0°41′E / 50.98°N 0.69°E / 50.98; 0.69Coordinates: 50°59′N 0°41′E / 50.98°N 0.69°E / 50.98; 0.69

Peasmarsh is a village and civil parish in the Rother district, in the county of East Sussex in England. It is located on the A268 road between Rye and Beckley, some 3 miles (4.8 km) north-west of Rye.

The village church, dedicated to St Peter and Paul,[3] lies about one mile (1.6 km) from the village; it is thought the village centre was moved after the Black Death plague.[4] There are three public houses and a motel in close proximity to the village; and a country house hotel with a leisure centre. The village is also home to an independent supermarket, although the proprietors choose not to open their store on Sundays. Peasmarsh Place, now a residential care home, is to the south-east of the village.

Every year, in June, the Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival, bringing world-class concerts of chamber music, is held in the church.[5]


The lowest level of government is the Peasmarsh parish council. The parish council is responsible for local amenities such as the provision of litter bins, bus shelters and allotments. They also provide a voice into the district council meetings. The parish council comprises nine councillors with elections being held every four years. The May 2007 election was uncontested.[6]

Rother District council provides the next level of government with services such as refuse collection, planning consent, leisure amenities and council tax collection. Peasmarsh lies within the Rother Levels ward, which provides two councillors. The May 2007 election returned two Conservatives councillors.

East Sussex county council is the third tier of government, providing education, libraries and highway maintenance. Peasmarsh falls within the Northern Rother ward. Peter Jones, Conservative, was elected in the May 2005 election with 49.7% of the vote.

The UK Parliament constituency for Peasmarsh is Bexhill and Battle. Gregory Barker was re-elected in the May 2005 election, and the current Member of Parliament is Huw Merriman, a member of the Conservative Party.

Prior to Brexit in 2020, Peasmarsh was part of the South East England constituency in the European Parliament.

Notable residents (past & present)[edit]


  1. ^ "East Sussex in Figures". East Sussex County Council. Retrieved 26 April 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Archived from the original on 13 January 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Morrison, Kathryn A (22 April 1989). "St Peter and St Paul, Peasmarsh, Sussex". The Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland. The British Academy. Retrieved 28 September 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)[dead link]
  4. ^ "Peasmarsh, East Sussex". DomainSupport ltd. Retrieved 28 September 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival". Retrieved 23 July 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Stevens, Derek (4 April 2007). "Notice of Election" (PDF). Rother District Council. Archived from the original (pdf) on 25 February 2009. Retrieved 17 November 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Granny Smith and her Apples". Archived from the original on 11 August 2007. Retrieved 11 August 2007. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

External links[edit]

Media related to Peasmarsh at Wikimedia Commons