Today Piddinghoe is a quiet picturesque village in the South Downs National Park close to Newhaven.
The tidal river Ouse runs alongside the village and gives PIddinghoe villagers sailing and rowing opportunities as well as beautiful views of the South Downs. It is a fast flowing river and without local knowledge it is easy to get swept out to sea, or up to Lewes, or even marooned in the mud as the tide sweeps in and out.
St. John's church is one of only three round tower churches in Sussex. The cedar tiles were renewed this year and on top is the 'fish' mentioned in Kipling's poem, Sussex:
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I will go north about the shaws
And the deep ghylls that breed
Huge oaks and old, the which we hold
No more than Sussex weed;
Or south where windy Piddinghoe's
Begilded dolphin veers
And red beside wide-bank'ed Ouse
Lie down our Sussex steers.
Piddinghoe also stretches across the C7 up Harping Hill to Hoddern Farm. The etymology of the name 'Harping Hill' can be traced back to the days of the Norman Conquest and you can read about this on the history page thanks to the former village historian Valeria Mellor and some recent contributions.
In its past Piddinghoe has had a whiting works and quarry with coal barges brought up and down the river as well as a quarantine stables up at Hoddern Farm. It now boasts a pheasant shoot, agriculture and sheep farming.
The Villager April 2017 issue 125
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Update from Maria Caulfield MP February 2017
Read Maria Caulfield's update on congestion on the current road layout around Piddinghoe. Click on the PDF link above.
Notice of Vacancy on Piddinghoe Parish Council
A vacancy has occurred in the Kingston Ward for a member to serve on the Piddinghoe PARISH COUNCIL. Please click here to download notice.
Notes on an informal meeting between Govia/Southern Rail and Lewes District Council
Ginger cat found!
We have found a completely ginger cat - not the ginger and white one for which there has been a sign up in the village.
Next Parish Council Meeting 10/05/17
PPC Draft minutes now available under Parish Council meetings and minutes
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Village Meeting Tuesday 25th April 2017
Village hall from 7.30pm.