Sedlescombe shown within East Sussex
|Area||12.6 km2 (4.9 sq mi) |
|– density||273/sq mi (105/km2)|
|OS grid reference|
|– London||48 mi (77 km) NW|
|Shire county||East Sussex|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||Bexhill and Battle|
The parish lies within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The River Brede and its tributary the River Line flow through it; and Powdermill Reservoir is nearby. It has a population of approximately 1,500. The parish church is dedicated to St John the Baptist; there is also a United Reformed Church in the village.
The village traces its roots back to Roman times. Indeed, the oldest house in the village (Asselton House) was formerly called Asselton Bath and is reputed to be on the site of a Roman bathhouse. The surrounding area is rich in Roman remains, including the headquarters of the Roman navy in Britain just 4 mi (6.4 km) away at Beauport Park in St Leonards-on-Sea.
The village hosts Pestalozzi International Village, an educational charity set up for children from developing countries to live and study. Originally established during World War II, it became established in its present form in 1957. The village school is Sedlescombe CE Primary School.
Fifty years ago the village boasted two pubs, a butcher, a bakery, a newsagent, a blacksmith, a garage, two eateries and two general stores. Today only the village store and garage remain, although there is an award winning Bed & Breakfast Kester House, the Queens Head and a hotel called The Brickwall.
- Twenty Centuries in Sedlescombe: An East Sussex Parish Beryl Lucey 1999, Asselton Books ISBN 978-0953469505
- A Village Where The World is One: The Story of the International Children's Village in England Beryl Lucey 1984
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