Welcome to Rodmell
in the heart of the South Downs
Wednesday 15th November
Chat to all and sundry over coffee and cake between 11 and 12.30 in the Abergavenny Arms
Rodmell is a small, quiet and charming village nestling in some of the finest scenery of the South Downs. It lies in the lower valley of the Ouse some four miles south of Lewes, the County Town of East Sussex, and a similar distance north of the port of Newhaven, home of the Dieppe ferry.
There has been a village here since at least the time of William the Conqueror, and our little church, dedicated to St. Peter, dates back to Saxon times.
The name might be derived from “The Mill on the Road”, or from the red mould that gives a warm colouring to the surrounding fields of this rich farming country. Nowadays far fewer of our two hundred or so households are involved in farming, and sadly – here as elsewhere – many traditional countryside crafts are dying out, but we remain a diverse community with a strong sense of the importance of our village life.
Ours is a village of great character with many lovely old buildings. Most people outside of the area probably know Rodmell as the country home of Virginia and Leonard Woolf, scions of the Bloomsbury Group, whose home, Monk’s House, enjoys spectacular views and is now a National Trust property. For walkers Rodmell, with its excellent pub, is a popular watering hole on the South Downs Way. Whatever your motivation, Rodmell will not disappoint.
It’s election year, and we have a new Parish Council installed, as well as a new Parish Clerk. You can find out here about your Council, its meetings, current issues, agendas, parish documents and and various items of statutory information.
This site is run by the Parish Council and we have tried to make it as easy as possible to understand. However, if you have a disability and find some parts are not fully accessible you can look at our Accessibility Statement, which gives advice on what to do to get the information that you require.
We have many small businesses operating here, including B&B accommodation, artists, cakemakers, property maintenance, an award-winning vineyard, and many more. Tell us if you’d like your business included.
The most significant of Rodmell’s recent events have been the Summer Show and the Flower Festival – the first an old village favourite coming back to post-Covid life and the second a very successful first time event.
Rodmell has plenty of groups dedicated to all sorts of things from children’s activities to sports and horticulture. Most of them are back to post-Covid normal, but the Good Neighbour Scheme is still working hard for anybody needing help
A tour of the village, old and new: find out about the church and Monks House, and see some of the books that have been written about Rodmell or by Rodmell people. And read about the success of our local vineyard, Breaky Bottom, in recent wine awards.