NORTHIAM

The rare ancient spire of Northiam church can be seen from many different parishes, marking the site of the village. On the village green close to the church is a gnarled and ancient oak tree still clinging to life. It was under this tree that Elizabeth I rested and enjoyed a meal prepared by George Bishopp and his family from Hayes farm., she was on her way to Rye in 1573. Several quaint houses, including ‘Oakside’ the largest weather boarded house in Sussex, surround the green. To the south west of the village is ‘ Brickwall’ a grade 1 listed Jacobean mansion purchased tin the late 15th Century by Thomas White of Rye. In 1666 Stephen Frewen bought the house and it remained in the family until in 1946 the house took on a new role as a school specialising in tutoring dyslexic and dyspraxic children. It continues toady and Frewen College has now extended its facilities to boarders. The long rather straggling village has an abundance of half timbered, thatched cottages and houses. Among the best examples are : Thistledown and Wildings Farm. At the end of the village lies Great Dixter, the spectacular house, restored by Edward Lutyens, and spectacular garden belonging to Sir Christopher Lloyd which is now open to the public.

Facilities in the village include: A Primary School, Library, Doctors Surgery, Opticians, Veterinary Surgery and Blue Cross centre. Bakery/Teashop, Hardware Store, two small Supermarkets & Fish and Chip Shop.