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Coordinates: 50°55′N 0°40′E / 50.92, 0.67
Hogg Hill Mill
The windmill

East Sussex outline map with UK
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Red pog.svg Icklesham shown within East Sussex
Area   [1]
Population 2,804 (Parish-2007) [1]
    - Density 
OS grid reference TQ875162
    - London  53 miles (85 km) NW 
District Rother
Shire county East Sussex
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district TN36
Dialling code 01797
Police Sussex
Fire East Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Hastings and Rye
List of places: UK • England • East Sussex

Icklesham is a village and civil parish in the Rother District of East Sussex, England. The village is located about six miles (10 km) east of Hastings, on the main A259 Hastings to Rye road.

The civil parish is large, and includes Icklesham itself, Winchelsea, Winchelsea Beach and Rye Harbour.

Icklesham's historic roots can be traced back to 772, when it appeared as Icoleshamme in a land charter signed by Offa, King of Mercia. Strategically located on the River Brede, it was a prime target in the Norman invasion of 1066 (some 700 years later, evacuation plans were prepared in case of an invasion by Napoleon). The 12th-century parish church is dedicated to St Nicholas.[2]

On Hogs Hill stands an old windmill, used as a recording studio by Sir Paul McCartney. All Saints church was restored by architect Samuel Sanders Teulon in the late 1840s.


The parish contains three Sites of Special Scientific InterestWinchelsea Cutting, "Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay" and Rye Harbour. Winchelsea Cutting is a 0.3 acres (0.12 ha) roadside cutting with 33 feet (10 m) of exposed geological strata.[3] Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye is a large site of 1,801 acres (728.8 ha), laying along the coast, and extending into the neighbouring county of Kent. Its interest is biological and geological, with various habitats of shingle, saltmarsh, sand dunes and saline lagoons.[4] Rye Harbour is another 1,881 acres (761.2 ha) site of biological importance, with a varied habitat of shingle, intertidal mudflats and saltmarsh.[5]


This page uses content from the English language Wikipedia. The original content was at Icklesham. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with this Familypedia wiki, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons License.

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