Lewes District

Lewes is a local government district in East Sussex in southern England covering an area of 113 sq mi (290 km2), with 9 miles (14.5 km) of coastline.[1] It is named after its administrative centre, Lewes. Other towns in the district include Newhaven, Peacehaven, Seaford and Telscombe. Plumpton racecourse is within the district. There are 28 parishes in the district.

The district was formed on 1 April 1974 by the Local Government Act 1972, and was a merger of the former borough of Lewes along with Newhaven and Seaford urban districts and Chailey Rural District.

Lewes District
Lewes shown within East Sussex
Lewes shown within East Sussex
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth East England
Non-metropolitan countyEast Sussex
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQLewes
Incorporated1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyLewes District Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Conservative (council NOC))
 • Total112.74 sq mi (292.00 km2)
Area rank134th (of 317)
 (mid-2018 est.)
 • Total102,744
 • Rank232nd (of 317)
 • Density910/sq mi (350/km2)
 • Ethnicity
97.9% White
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code21UF (ONS)
E07000063 (GSS)
OS grid referenceTQ420104


Elections to the council are held every four years, with all of the 41 seats, representing 21 wards, on the council being filled. After being controlled by the Liberal Democrats since 1991, the Conservative party regained a majority at the 2011 election.[2] Although, subsequent defections of Conservative councillors to UKIP[3][4] and the Liberal Democrats[5] left the council in no overall control. However, in the Council election on 7 May 2015 the Conservatives regained control with an increased majority and heavy losses for the Liberal Democrats.[6] In July 2019, following the May election, an alliance of councillors from the Green, Liberal Democrat, and Labour parties plus two Independents took control of the Council, with Green Councillor Zoe Nicholson as Leader and Liberal Democrat Councillor James MacCleary as Deputy Leader.[7]

The current composition is as follows:

Year Conservative Liberal Democrat Green Party Independent Labour Independent (Green)
2018 19 11 3 6 0 1
2019 19 8 9 2 3 0


The district wards are:

Ward Population (2007) Councillors Ratio
Barcombe and Hamsey 2021 1 2021
Chailey and Wivelsfield 4687 2 2344
Ditchling and Westmeston 2334 1 2334
East Saltdean and Telscombe Cliffs 7146 3 2382
Kingston 2095 1 2095
Lewes Bridge 4357 2 2179
Lewes Castle 4712 2 2356
Lewes Priory 7153 3 2384
Newhaven Denton and Meeching 8236 3 2745
Newhaven Valley 3790 2 1895
Newick 2343 1 2343
Ouse Valley and Ringmer 6579 3 2193
Peacehaven East 4325 2 2163
Peacehaven North 4772 2 2386
Peacehaven West 4171 2 2086
Plumpton, Streat, East Chiltington and St John (Without) 2391 1 2391
Seaford Central 4712 2 2356
Seaford East 4704 2 2352
Seaford North 4906 2 2453
Seaford South 4400 2 2200
Seaford West 4439 2 2220
Total Lewes 94723 41 2299

The civil parishes within the district are:

Parish Type Population (2007) Area (sq mi) Pop Density /sq mi
Barcombe Parish Council 1447 6.9 211
Chailey Parish Council 2728 9.6 284
Ditchling Parish Council 2027 6.0 339
East Chiltington & St John Without Parish Council 536 5.2 102
Falmer & St Ann Without Parish Council 281 6.6 43
Firle Parish Council 327 5.4 61
Glynde and Beddingham & Tarring Neville Parish Council 555 9.8 57
Hamsey Parish Council 574 4.4 130
Iford Parish Meeting 205 3.7 55
Kingston Parish Council 843 2.2 383
Lewes Town Council 16222 4.4 3679
Newhaven Town Council 12026 2.7 4375
Newick Parish Council 2343 3.0 778
Peacehaven Town Council 13268 2.0 6621
Piddinghoe Parish Council 264 1.5 180
Plumpton Parish Council 1676 3.7 450
Ringmer Parish Council 4591 10.0 459
Rodmell & Southease Parish Council 502 4.3 115
Seaford Town Council 23161 6.7 3480
South Heighton Parish Council 1106 3.3 338
Streat Parish Meeting 179 2.0 89
Telscombe Town Council 7146 1.8 3913
Westmeston Parish Council 307 3.3 94
Wivelsfield Parish Council 1959 4.2 470
Total Lewes 94273 112.7 836

‡ St John Without, St Ann Without, Tarring Neville and Southease are separate Parish Meetings but have been merged with their neighbouring parishes for the population statistics.

The Sussex Police has its head office in Lewes, Lewes District.[8]

The Prime Meridian passes through the district.


  1. ^ "Lewes District Council: News and local information". Lewes District Council. 2009. Archived from the original on 2 July 2009. Retrieved 12 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Election 2011 - England council elections - Lewes". BBC News.
  3. ^ "Lewes Cllr Donna Edmunds defects to UKIP". www.bloggers4ukip.org.uk.
  4. ^ "Defection leaves Tories in minority". www.bloggers4ukip.org.uk.
  5. ^ "Former Tory Council leader joins Liberal Democrats in Lewes".
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 May 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Co-operative Alliance takes control of Lewes District Council from Conservatives". lewes.greenparty.org.uk/.
  8. ^ "Non-emergency enquiries." (Archive) Sussex Police. Retrieved 13 February 2011. "Sussex Police Headquarters Church Lane, Lewes East Sussex, BN7 2DZ."

Coordinates: 50°52′26″N 0°00′32″E / 50.87389°N 0.00889°E

2015 Lewes District Council election

The 2015 Lewes District Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect members of Lewes District Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.

The results were

2019 Lewes District Council election

The Lewes District Council election took place on 2 May, 2019 to elect members of Lewes District Council in England. The election occurred on the same day as other local elections, with the majority of England and Wales.

Before the 2019 election, the council was composed of 20 Conservatives, nine Liberal Democrats, three Greens and nine independents. To take control of the council, 21 councillors out of 41 would be needed. Although the council remained under no overall control, the Conservatives remained the largest party with 19 councillors.


Barcombe is an East Sussex village about 4–5 miles (6.4 km) north of Lewes. It more broadly a civil parish in the Lewes District of East Sussex. Barcombe itself is the older of three settlements in the parish; Barcombe Cross is much more populous and the main hub with the amenities and services, where the villagers evacuated during medieval plague the Black Death; and the latter has a near outpost north of Barcombe Mills on the River Ouse. Hamlets are Spithurst in the north east and Town Littleworth in the north west.

Barcombe Cross is known as Barcombe in the local area and is signposted as such, the only government-defined Built-up Area. Only on maps is it shown in its full name.

Bishopstone, East Sussex

Bishopstone is a village with a population of about 200 people, with the nearby village of Norton, located along a dead-end road west of Seaford, East Sussex (where, at the 2011 Census, the population was included), in East Sussex, England.


Falmer is a small village and civil parish in the Lewes District of East Sussex, England, lying between Brighton and Lewes, approximately five miles (8 km) north-east of the former. It is also the site of Brighton & Hove Albion's Falmer Stadium.

Falmer village is divided by the A27 road. North of the dual carriageway are a few houses and a pub, with a footbridge linking to the southern part of the village, where a large pond is encircled by cottages and the parish church, dedicated to St. Lawrence. The two halves of the village are also linked by a road bridge just outside this circle of houses. The village pond, home to a population of ducks and geese, accounts for the name of the village: Old English for 'fallow (pale-coloured) pond' (though the reason for this precise choice of colour-term is unclear nowadays).

Campuses of the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton are nearby, as is The Keep—East Sussex County Council's new archive and record office, which opened in 2013.


Glynde is a village and civil parish in the Lewes District of East Sussex, United Kingdom. It is located two miles (5 km) east of Lewes.

Glynde railway station

Glynde railway station serves Glynde in East Sussex. It is 53 miles 11 chains (85.5 km) from London Bridge, on the East Coastway Line and train services are provided by Southern. An unstaffed station, a PERTIS passenger-operated self-service ticket machine, installed in connection with a Penalty Fares Scheme in 2008, is located on the eastbound (i.e. Eastbourne-bound) platform. A Shere passenger-operated self-service ticket machine has now been installed on the westbound - London-bound - platform.

Grade II* listed buildings in East Sussex

The county of East Sussex is divided into six districts. The districts of East Sussex are Hastings, Rother, Wealden, Eastbourne, Lewes, and Brighton & Hove.

As there are 347 Grade II* listed buildings in the county they have been split into separate lists for each district.

Grade II* listed buildings in Hastings

Grade II* listed buildings in Rother

Grade II* listed buildings in Wealden

Grade II* listed buildings in Eastbourne

Grade II* listed buildings in Lewes (district)

Grade II* listed buildings in Brighton and Hove

Hassocks F.C.

Hassocks Football Club is a football club based in Hassocks, near Brighton, West Sussex, England. The club is affiliated to the Sussex County Football Association. The club joined the Sussex County League Division Two in 1981 and has reached the 2nd round of the FA Vase three times in its history, and the 3rd qualifying round of the FA Cup in 2001–02. They are currently members of the Southern Combination Premier Division and play at the Beacon.

The three sections together are a FA Charter Standard Community Club.

King's Academy Ringmer

King’s Academy Ringmer is an academy school located in the village of Ringmer, East Sussex, England. It was opened in 1958 and serves a catchment area of Lewes and surrounding towns and villages. It is also a specialist technology college.The academy is part of a multi-academy trust - King’s Group Academies. It’s most recent Ofsted was published in June 2019 and rated the academy as Good overall with outstanding leadership and management.

The headteacher is Matt Hillier.

Lewes District Council elections

Lewes District council in East Sussex, England is elected every four years. Since the last boundary changes in 2003, 41 councillors are elected from 21 wards.

Following the election on 2nd May, 2019 the Council is composed as follows

List of civil parishes in East Sussex

This is a list of civil parishes in the ceremonial county of East Sussex, England.

List of places of worship in Lewes District

There are 69 extant churches and places of worship in the district of Lewes, one of five local government districts in the English county of East Sussex. A further 17 former places of worship are no longer in religious use. The area now covered by the district is mainly rural and characterised by small villages with ancient parish churches. The riverside market town of Lewes, the port of Newhaven and the seaside towns of Seaford, Peacehaven and Telscombe Cliffs are the main urban areas and have higher concentrations of religious buildings.

Most residents of the district identify themselves as Christian, and there are no places of worship serving any other religious groups. Many Christian denominations are represented—the town of Lewes in particular has a long-established history of Protestant Nonconformism—but the majority of churches serve the Church of England community.

English Heritage has awarded listed status to many of Lewes district's places of worship. A building is defined as "listed" when it is placed on a statutory register of buildings of "special architectural or historic interest" in accordance with the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport, a Government department, is responsible for this; English Heritage, a non-departmental public body, acts as an agency of the department to administer the process and advise the department on relevant issues. There are three grades of listing status. Grade I, the highest, is defined as being of "exceptional interest"; Grade II* is used for "particularly important buildings of more than special interest"; and Grade II, the lowest, is used for buildings of "special interest".

Plumpton Racecourse

Plumpton Racecourse is a National Hunt (jumping) horse-racing course at the village of Plumpton, East Sussex near Lewes and Brighton.

Two of the smaller National Hunt race courses in Britain, it is rather hilly, a tightish left-handed circuit of just over 1 mile (1.6 km). The hurdle course is now situated on the outside of the chase course: both share the same uphill finish.

The course is adjacent to Plumpton railway station, served by hourly Southern trains from London Victoria to Lewes, which makes it a convenient day trip from London. Extra trains are sometimes run on race days.

The first meeting was held on 11 February 1884 and the first race was won by Cowslip, which also went on to win another race later that day.

Plumpton takes its place in racing history books, as it was the course where Tony McCoy rode his 3,000th winner on the Nicky Henderson trained Restless d'Artaix on 9 February 2009.

Plumpton railway station

Plumpton railway station serves the village of Plumpton in East Sussex, England. It is 44 miles 42 chains (71.7 km) from London Bridge via Redhill.

Train services are provided by Southern. The station neighbours Plumpton Racecourse, which had its own platform at the end of the village station.

Richard Trevor (bishop)

Richard Trevor (30 September 1707 – 9 June 1771) was an English prelate, who served as Bishop of St David's from 1744 to 1752 and Bishop of Durham from 1752 until his death.


Ringmer is a village and civil parish in the Lewes District of East Sussex, England. The village is located 3 miles (4.8 km) east of Lewes. Other small settlements in the parish include Upper Wellingham, Ashton Green, Broyle Side, Little Norlington and Shortgate.

Ringmer is one of the largest villages in the south of England. There has been human habitation since at least Roman times. The village church, dedicated to St Mary, was probably built in the 13th century. One of its rectors, named to the living in 1533, was William Levett, named in the same year as rector of Buxted, and one of the most improbable figures in English ecclesiastical history.Ringmer has two schools, Ringmer Primary School for ages 4–11 and Ringmer Community College for students aged 11–18. Ringmer Community College houses the local swimming pool which is run by Wave Leisure.

The symbol of Ringmer is a tortoise named Timothy, after the female tortoise that the naturalist Gilbert White carried back to Selborne in Hampshire in 1780. White’s aunt Rebecca Snooke lived in Delves House where Timothy had the run of the courtyard garden. Timothy died in 1794, a year after Gilbert White.

Ringmer F.C.

Ringmer Football Club is a football club based in Ringmer, near Lewes, East Sussex, England. They play at the Caburn Ground.

Zion Chapel, Newick

Zion Chapel is a former Strict Baptist place of worship in the village of Newick in Lewes District, one of six local government districts in the English county of East Sussex. The tiny building was opened for worship in 1834 in a part of Sussex which was a hotbed of Protestant Nonconformism, and remained as one of three places of worship in the small Wealden village until 2001, when it was sold for conversion to houses. The chapel is protected as a Grade II listed building.

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