Welcome to the Piddinghoe Village Web Site







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.

Latest News


Parish Council Update 23 June 2022



'To cut or not to cut' - we want your views! A consultation with villagers on how often to mow the Church Bank.

And an opportunity for a public-spirited volunteer to join the parish council.


Parish Council Update 26 May 2022



An update from the new chair of the parish council, Paul Bevan, on the main points from the council AGM and the annual Parish Assembly.


Circular 17 Retirement of Council Chair - Nick



This Circular is informing residents that the current Chair of Piddinghoe Parish Council will be retiring, thus creating a vacancy for Councillor.


Circular 16 - January 2022 - Update Egrets way New Routing



This is an update on the previous Circular, regarding Egrets Way abandoning the agreed route, and rerouting through the Village.


Circular 15 - from the Council Chair



This contains information regarding the new restricted Byway and a recent Update on matters effecting the routing of Egrets Way.


Circular 14 From The Council Chair



In this circular the news on the appointment of a new Clerk, changes within the Council which will result in Co-options or an by-election, and a few notes from the last meeting


Circular 12 form the Council Chair - re nextdoor app flyer



Several residents have recieved an unsolicited flyer requesting them to download a 'nextdoor, app. Naturally it has generated concerns and curiosity.

it has nothing to do with the Piddinghoe Parish Council, and appears to be data gathering attempt.

I have researched it on the internet and the Circular shows the information gathered, so you can make an informed choice.

Download the full details.




Circular 10 From the Council Chair



In this Circular :- explaining the guidance and rules at Parish Council meetings, and clarifying the history of the Bequest by Valerie Mellor


September 2021 - Circular From the Council chair



Circular 9 from the Parish Council Chair, includes updates on two items from the recent Council Meeting. These relate to the Byway renovation and the C7 Issues


See full article


Flood Alerts


Residents are advised to be aware of Government flood alerts and prepare if possible.



Please check the Met Office website for the latest forecasts and GOV.UK for the latest flood alerts and warnings.

Lewes District Council's website has flooding advice and lists locations where you can pick up sandbags here.


LDC strongly advise residents to take their own steps to protect their property as they cannot guarantee to meet all demands for sandbags. It is the responsibility of property owners to take any necessary action to protect their property.


Sandbag stores are open 24 hours a day (except for Landport, Lewes). The nearest location to Piddinghoe is:

Garage 23, Fullwood Avenue, Newhaven.



Improvements to the Village Hall


For some time villagers have expressed an interest in making more of the village hall. To that end the Parish Council have commissioned Architect Guylee Simmonds to develop some ideas of how that could be achieved. Click here for Guylee's report.



On the residents' wish list from a couple of years ago was improvements to the Village Hall i.e. opening up the main hall and rationalising the kitchen, toilets etc.

The plans of these will be displayed here on the website and also in the Village Hall for all to see.

Please take the time to look at these and if you have any comments, suggestions, preferences, please email our Clerk, Julian at piddinghoepc.gmail.com

The Hall is Piddinghoe's main asset and it will be great to make the best of it which we can afford. Villagers will be kept informed throughout the project and there will be an open meeting before any final decisions are made.

There's a long way to go yet, not least seeking grants. Check out the plans and let us know what you think.


PPC Draft minutes now available under Parish Council meetings and minutes


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