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Barcombe
Barcombe
is an East Sussex
East Sussex
village lying some 4–5 miles (6.4 km) north of Lewes. It is also the name of one of the civil parishes in the Lewes
Lewes
District of East Sussex. Within the parish are Barcombe
Barcombe
itself (the older of the settlements); Barcombe Cross
Barcombe Cross
the larger of the two villages and now the main centre of the parish with the amenities and services, where the villagers of the original Barcombe
Barcombe
evacuated during the Medieval plague; and the area around Barcombe Mills
Barcombe Mills
on the River Ouse. The parish also includes the settlements of Spithurst to the north east and Town Littleworth to the north west. Curiously the village of Barcombe Cross
Barcombe Cross
is known as Barcombe
Barcombe
in the local area and also to the Royal Mail and is signed as such. Only on maps is it shown in its full name. Barcombe
Barcombe
is probably best known to Sussex residents and tourists for its 'Mills', a reference to an old water-mill complex on the River Ouse at the base of the hill upon which Barcombe Cross
Barcombe Cross
is situated. The Mills were a favourite Sunday outing for townsfolk from Lewes
Lewes
and Brighton
Brighton
before the Second World War, when the mills were burnt down. Barcombe
Barcombe
was recorded in the Domesday Book
Domesday Book
as "Berchamp", a reference to fields of barley. Remains have been also found of a Roman villa and an earlier Iron Age
Iron Age
roundhouse on the same site, just to the south of the village. Barcombe
Barcombe
parish church is dedicated to St Mary, and is in the older village. Barcombe
Barcombe
is home to The Bevern Trust a Sussex Disability Charity and its residential home Bevern View.

Contents

1 Bonfire 2 Governance 3 Transport 4 Fishing lakes 5 Notable residents 6 References 7 External links

Bonfire[edit] Barcombe
Barcombe
Bonfire is held annually, two weeks after the Lewes celebration on which it is modelled. The society is largely family-orientated and everyone helps out with torch dipping and bonfire building. There is the Grand Firework Display as well as four processions including the dedicated Children's Procession, visiting societies and a fancy dress competition.[citation needed] Governance[edit] Barcombe
Barcombe
is part of the electoral ward called Barcombe
Barcombe
and Hamsey. The population of this ward at the 2011 census was 2,105.[3] Transport[edit]

Road

The A26 between Lewes
Lewes
and Uckfield
Uckfield
runs south-east of the villages. It can be accessed 2 miles (3.2 km) from the centre of the village via Barcombe Mills
Barcombe Mills
Road. The A275 runs north of the villages. This links Lewes
Lewes
and Haywards Heath

Rail

Two railway lines ran through the villages: the line between Lewes
Lewes
and Uckfield
Uckfield
opened in October 1868; and the line from East Grinstead, part of which is now the Bluebell Railway. There were stations on each of the two lines: Barcombe
Barcombe
on the East Grinstead line, and Barcombe Mills on the Uckfield
Uckfield
line, with a junction south of the latter before the line continued to Lewes. Barcombe
Barcombe
closed on 28 May 1955, whilst Barcombe Mills
Barcombe Mills
closed on 4 May 1969. Part of the line is now a cycle track. The nearest railway station is now Cooksbridge, about 2½ miles away.

Public Rights of Way

There are many bridleways and footpaths in and around the villages, linking to Lewes, Isfield, Newick
Newick
and many other places. The Sussex Ouse Valley Way runs through Barcombe Mills
Barcombe Mills
to the south.

Bus

A bus service is provided to the bus stop at the north of Barcombe Cross and outside the junction with the old road at Barcombe
Barcombe
Mills. Services are provided by Countryliner: the number is 122. The 121 will diverge from its main route and operate via Barcombe Cross
Barcombe Cross
on request; resulting in it visiting Chailey
Chailey
15 minutes later than usual. The buses connect with the trains at Cooksbridge. There are no buses on Sundays to Barcombe Cross
Barcombe Cross
and no buses at all on weekends to Barcombe Mills.

Air

The nearest big airport is London
London
Gatwick, 45 minutes' drive to the north; this offers domestic, European and international flights. Shoreham Airport
Shoreham Airport
is about half an hour's drive to the west. This small Art Deco
Art Deco
airport offers flights to France
France
and the Channel Islands. It is mainly used for private planes though. Fishing lakes[edit] There is now only one fishable lake in the parish, Cornwell's Reservoir which is controlled by Lewes
Lewes
Angling Club. The main Barcombe Reservoir has been closed to anglers for some years. Notable residents[edit] Bernard Holden, veteran of the Burma campaign and president of the Bluebell Railway
Bluebell Railway
and father of standard gauge railway preservation was born in Barcombe
Barcombe
Station in 1908. References[edit]

^ " East Sussex
East Sussex
in Figures". East Sussex
East Sussex
County Council. Retrieved 2008-04-26.  ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 11 October 2015.  ^ " Barcombe
Barcombe
and Harnsey ward population 2011". Retrieved 11 October 2015. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Barcombe, East Sussex.

Barcombe
Barcombe
at Curlie (based on DMOZ) History of Barcombe
Barcombe
Mill (inter alia) Barcombe
Barcombe
Parish Council Barcombe
Barcombe
in the Domesday Book There is also a village called Balcombe, north of Haywards Heath. There is a small settlement named Barcombe
Barcombe
on Exmoor
Exmoor
in Somerset.

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Settlements in the Lewes
Lewes
district of East Sussex

Towns

Lewes Newhaven Peacehaven Telscombe Seaford

Villages and hamlets

Barcombe Barcombe
Barcombe
Cross Barcombe
Barcombe
Mills Beddingham Bishopstone Chailey Denton Ditchling East Blatchington East Chiltington Falmer Firle Glynde Hamsey Iford Kingston near Lewes Newick North Chailey Piddinghoe Plumpton Plumpton Green Ringmer Rodmell Spithurst South Heighton Southease St Ann Without St John Without South Chailey South Street Streat Tarring Neville Telscombe
Telscombe
Cliffs Town Littleworth Westmeston Wivelsfield Wivelsfield
Wivelsfield
Green

Other areas

The East Saltdean
Saltdean
district of Saltdean Parts of the World's End district of Burgess Hill

List of civil parishes

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