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.
Take 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 this year's wine awards.
The virus has put paid to the 2020 Spring and Summer Shows, but you can see some photos of some of last year's Summer Show activities in our Gallery.
Latest Village News
A lot of things were cancelled, but look at the NEWS and EVENTS pages for what we've been doing - for example the virtual library and the pub's meal deliveries - and what's coming back - the restoration of our historic church bells, the resumption of church services, and the re-opening of the village hall and the pub.
We have many small businesses operating in our community, including B&B accommodation, local artists, cakemakers, decorators and property maintenance, an award-winning vineyard, and many more. Tell us if you'd like your business included.
Groups and Activities
Rodmell has plenty of groups dedicated to all sorts of things from children's activities to sports and horticulture. Whilst most of them aren't happening at present, the Good Neighbour Scheme has been working hard for anybody needing help
Rodmell Parish Council
Rodmell's Parish Council and Clerk have completed their first year in office. Find out who they are, check times of meetings (by Zoom at the moment), read parish documents and find out the issues they are spending their time on.