Barcombe is an
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 District of East Sussex. Within the parish are
Barcombe itself (the older of the settlements);
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 evacuated during the Medieval plague; and the area around
Barcombe Mills on the River Ouse. The parish also includes the
settlements of Spithurst to the north east and Town Littleworth to the
Curiously the village of
Barcombe Cross is known as
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 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 is situated.
The Mills were a favourite Sunday outing for townsfolk from
Brighton before the Second World War, when the mills were burnt down.
Barcombe was recorded in the
Domesday Book as "Berchamp", a reference
to fields of barley. Remains have been also found of a Roman villa and
Iron Age roundhouse on the same site, just to the south of
Barcombe parish church is dedicated to St Mary, and is in the older
Barcombe is home to The Bevern Trust a Sussex Disability Charity and
its residential home Bevern View.
4 Fishing lakes
5 Notable residents
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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.
Barcombe is part of the electoral ward called
Barcombe and Hamsey. The
population of this ward at the 2011 census was 2,105.
The A26 between
Uckfield runs south-east of the villages. It
can be accessed 2 miles (3.2 km) from the centre of the village
Barcombe Mills Road. The A275 runs north of the villages. This
Lewes and Haywards Heath
Two railway lines ran through the villages: the line between
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 on the East Grinstead line, and Barcombe
Mills on the
Uckfield line, with a junction south of the latter before
the line continued to Lewes.
Barcombe closed on 28 May 1955, whilst
Barcombe Mills closed on 4 May 1969. Part of the line is now a cycle
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 and many other places. The Sussex
Ouse Valley Way runs through
Barcombe Mills to the south.
A bus service is provided to the bus stop at the north of Barcombe
Cross and outside the junction with the old road at
Services are provided by Countryliner: the number is 122. The 121 will
diverge from its main route and operate via
Barcombe Cross on request;
resulting in it visiting
Chailey 15 minutes later than usual. The
buses connect with the trains at Cooksbridge. There are no buses on
Barcombe Cross and no buses at all on weekends to Barcombe
The nearest big airport is
London Gatwick, 45 minutes' drive to the
north; this offers domestic, European and international flights.
Shoreham Airport is about half an hour's drive to the west. This small
Art Deco airport offers flights to
France and the Channel Islands. It
is mainly used for private planes though.
There is now only one fishable lake in the parish, Cornwell's
Reservoir which is controlled by
Lewes Angling Club. The main Barcombe
Reservoir has been closed to anglers for some years.
Bernard Holden, veteran of the Burma campaign and president of the
Bluebell Railway and father of standard gauge railway preservation was
Barcombe Station in 1908.
East Sussex in Figures".
East Sussex County Council. Retrieved
^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 11 October 2015.
Barcombe and Harnsey ward population 2011". Retrieved 11 October
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Barcombe at Curlie (based on DMOZ)
Barcombe Mill (inter alia)
Barcombe Parish Council
Barcombe in the Domesday Book
There is also a village called Balcombe, north of Haywards Heath.
There is a small settlement named
Exmoor in Somerset.
Settlements in the
Lewes district of East Sussex
Villages and hamlets
Kingston near Lewes
St Ann Without
St John Without
Saltdean district of Saltdean
Parts of the World's End district of Burgess Hill
List of civil parishes