Piddinghoe is a village and civil parish in the Lewes District of East Sussex, England. It is located in the valley of the River Ouse between Lewes and Newhaven, five miles (8 km) south of the former, downstream of Southease.

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The Old Post Office, Piddinghoe
Piddinghoe is located in East Sussex
Location within East Sussex
Area3.8 km2 (1.5 sq mi) [1]
Population255 (Parish-2011)[2]
• Density180/sq mi (69/km2)
OS grid referenceTQ433031
• London48 miles (77 km) N
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBN9
Dialling code01273
FireEast Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
East Sussex
50°49′N 0°02′E / 50.81°N 0.03°E / 50.81; 0.03Coordinates: 50°49′N 0°02′E / 50.81°N 0.03°E / 50.81; 0.03

The village was once a central player in Sussex smuggling. It is also notable for having the only remaining bottle-shaped brick kiln in the country.

Piddinghoe church

St John's Church is one of three in the Ouse Valley with a round Norman tower, the others being at nearby Southease and Lewes.

Piddinghoe is regularly visited by sailing enthusiasts as the body of water by the village is a fine location for dinghy sailing in particular but also windsurfing.[3]

An old saying of unknown origin says that "Piddinghoe people shoe their magpies".[4] One theory is that this refers to the habit of shoeing oxen, which if black and white, were called magpies.[5]


Piddinghoe does not appear in the Domesday Book, but by 1220 a manor of that name was in the hands of William de Warenne.[4]

In the 13th century the village name appears as Peddinghowe or Pidingeho and in the 14th century as Pydynghowe.[4]

The village was part of the Holmstrow hundred until the abolition of hundreds in the 19th century.[6]

In 1929 part of the parish on the coast was made into the parish of Peacehaven.[4]


Piddinghoe Church in 1851

At a local level Piddinghoe is governed by Piddinghoe Parish Council. Their responsibilities include footpaths, street lighting, playgrounds and minor planning applications. The parish council has five seats available[7] although only four were filled in the uncontested May 2007 election.[8]

The next level of government is the district council. The parish of Piddinghoe lies within the Kingston ward of Lewes District Council, which returns a single seat to the council. The election on 12 May 2015 returned a Liberal Democrat[9]

East Sussex County Council is the next tier of government, for which Piddinghoe is within the Newhaven and Ouse Valley West division, with responsibility for education, libraries, social services, civil registration, trading standards and transport. elections for the county council are held every four years. The Liberal Democrat Carla Butler was elected in the 2013 election.[10]

The UK Parliament constituency for Piddinghoe is Lewes. The Liberal Democrat Norman Baker served as the constituency MP from 1997 until 2015, when Conservative Maria Caulfield was elected.

At European level, Piddinghoe is represented by the South East region, which holds ten seats in the European Parliament. The June 2014 election returned 3 Conservatives, 1 Liberal Democrats, 4 UK Independence, 1 Labour and 1 Green, none of whom live in East Sussex.[11]


  1. ^ "East Sussex in Figures". East Sussex County Council. Retrieved 26 April 2008.
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Dinghy sailing and windsurfing". Retrieved 18 January 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d Piddinghoe, Louis Francis Salzman, A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 7
  5. ^ Newhaven to Lewes Archived 2009-08-16 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Parliamentary Papers, House of Commons and Command, Volume 11. H M Stationery Office. 1831.
  7. ^ Crawford, John (19 March 2007). "Notice of Election" (PDF). Lewes District Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 July 2009. Retrieved 15 November 2008.
  8. ^ "Results – Town and Parish Council Elections" (PDF). Lewes District Council. 3 May 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 February 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2008.
  9. ^ "Election Results". Lewes District Council. 4 May 2007. Archived from the original on 18 September 2008. Retrieved 15 November 2008.
  10. ^ "Councillor David Rogers OBE". Find your Councillor. East Sussex County Council. Retrieved 15 November 2008.
  11. ^ "UK MEP's". UK Office of the European Parliament. Archived from the original on 17 September 2007. Retrieved 19 September 2007.

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