St John Without is a small civil parish in the Lewes District of East Sussex, England, covering an area to the north-west of the town of Lewes.

St John Without
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Ashcombe Bottom
St John Without is located in East Sussex
St John Without
St John Without
Location within East Sussex
Area3.84 km2 (1.48 sq mi) [1]
Population54 (Electors-2004)[2]
• Density36/sq mi (14/km2)
OS grid referenceTQ387138
• London41 miles (66 km) North
Civil parish
  • St John Without
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLEWES
Postcode districtBN7
Dialling code01273
FireEast Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
East Sussex
50°55′N 0°02′W / 50.91°N 0.03°W / 50.91; -0.03Coordinates: 50°55′N 0°02′W / 50.91°N 0.03°W / 50.91; -0.03

The parish was formed in 1894 as Lewes St John Without from the part of the ancient parish of Lewes St John outside the borough of Lewes. From 1894 to 1974 it was in the rural district of Chailey.

The parish includes the small hamlet of Chiltington and a few dispersed farms and houses along Allington Road to the foot of the South Downs.


St John Without is governed at local level by a parish meeting. A merger with East Chiltington parish council has been suggested although no formal plans have been made.[3]

The next level of government is Lewes District Council. The District council supplies services such as refuse collection, planning consent, leisure amenities and council tax collection. St John Without is covered by the Plumpton, Streat, East Chiltington and St John (Without) ward which returns a single seat. In the May 2007 election, a councillor from the local Liberal Democrat party was elected.[4]

St John Without lies within the Chailey ward for the next tier of government, East Sussex County Council. The ward also includes Chailey, Ditchling, East Chiltington, Newick, Plumpton, Streat, Westmeston and Wivelsfield. The County Council provides services such as roads and transport, social services, libraries and trading standards.

The UK Parliament constituency for St John Without is Lewes.

At European level, St John Without is represented by the South-East England constituency, which holds ten seats in the European Parliament.


Clayton to Offham Escarpment is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, which stretches from Hassocks in the west and passes through many parishes including St John Without, to Lewes in the east. The site is of biological importance due to its rare chalk grassland habitat along with its woodland and scrub.[5]

Ashcombe Bottom is a wooded area in the south of the parish, which forms part of the National Trust Blackcap reserve.[6] The reserve makes up a section of the Clayton to Offham Escarpment SSSI.


  1. ^ "A vision of Britain through time". University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 23 May 2009.
  2. ^ "Town/Parish Councils - Ratio of Electors to Councillors". Lewes District Council. 11 August 2004. p. 5. Retrieved 7 June 2009.
  3. ^ "ECPC Minutes". East Chiltington Parish Council. 11 July 2005. Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 7 June 2009.
  4. ^ "Election Results: 4 May 2007". Lewes District Council. Archived from the original on 21 May 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2009.
  5. ^ "Natural England - SSSI (Clayton to Offham Escarpment)". English Nature. Retrieved 11 October 2008.
  6. ^ "Blackcap". Countryside Sites. Brighton & Hove City Council. Archived from the original on 31 July 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2009.