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St Mary and St Peter's Church, Pett
Pett is located in East Sussex
Location within East Sussex
Area6.5 km2 (2.5 sq mi) [1]
Population846 (Parish-2011)[2]
• Density311/sq mi (120/km2)
OS grid referenceTQ873139
• London54 miles (87 km) NW
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtTN35
Dialling code01424
FireEast Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
East Sussex
50°53′N 0°40′E / 50.89°N 0.66°E / 50.89; 0.66Coordinates: 50°53′N 0°40′E / 50.89°N 0.66°E / 50.89; 0.66
Cliff End at Pett Level showing the beach in the foreground, The ancient forest and the end of the sandstone cliffs in the distance.
PETT is also an abbreviation for the Kamchatka Time Zone in Russia.

Pett is a village and civil parish in the Rother district of East Sussex, England. The village is located 5 miles (8.0 km) north-east of Hastings on the edge of Pett Level, the one-time marshes stretching along the coast of Rye Bay.

The road through the village leads down to the second village in the parish: Pett Level, the coastal part of which is known as Cliff End. Here there is a beach and, as the name suggests, the Weald sandstone cliffs reach their easternmost point. Pett Level marks the end of both the Royal Military Canal and the western end of the 1940s sea defence wall.[3] The Saxon Shore Way passes through Pett Level.

Pett parish church is dedicated to St Mary and St Peter.[4] Pett also has a Methodist chapel, originally Mount Calvary Bible Christian Chapel, and a small Church of England church at Cliff End.[5]


The manor of Pett belonged to a succession of families, including the Halle family, the Levett family, the Fletchers and the Medleys, before eventually passing to the Earls of Liverpool.[6]


There is a Site of Special Scientific Interest partly within the parish. Hastings Cliffs to Pett Beach runs along the coast and is of both biological and geological interest. The cliffs hold many fossils and have many habitats, including ancient woodland and shingle beaches.[7]

In popular culture[edit]

Pett Level beach was the filming location for parts of the video of David Bowie's 1980 number one hit single Ashes to Ashes.


  1. ^ "East Sussex in Figures". East Sussex County Council. Retrieved 2008-04-26.
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  3. ^ Notes on Pett Level
  4. ^ Parish church
  5. ^ Churches in Pett
  6. ^ A Compendious History of Sussex, Mark Antony Lower, 1870
  7. ^ "SSSI Citation — Hastings Cliffs to Pett Beach" (PDF). Natural England. Retrieved 2008-10-13.

External links[edit]

Media related to Pett at Wikimedia Commons