Aerial view of the village centre
Location within East Sussex
Area19.6 km2 (7.6 sq mi) [1]
Population1,820 (2011)[2]
• Density205/sq mi (79/km2)
OS grid referenceTQ581122
• London45 miles (72 km) NNW
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBN27
Dialling code01323
FireEast Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
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East Sussex
50°53′N 0°15′E / 50.89°N 0.25°E / 50.89; 0.25Coordinates: 50°53′N 0°15′E / 50.89°N 0.25°E / 50.89; 0.25

Hellingly (pronounced 'Helling-lye') is a village and civil parish in the Wealden District of East Sussex, England.


Hellingly contains the confluence of the River Cuckmere and one of its tributaries, the Bull River, close to the centre of the historic village. The village stands on the lower southern slopes of the gentle uplands forming the Weald and surrounds a circular mound on which the church stands. The entirely rural and suburban village is centred exactly 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of the small town of Hailsham. The dependent village of Lower Dicker is within its boundaries.


The village, like many others on the Weald, was involved in the Wealden iron industry. The watermill connected with the industry is no longer in operation. The mill building is a Grade II* listed building[3] and the associated miller's house is Grade II.[4] Horselunges Manor is a moated Tudor manor house, originally built for the Devenish family and restored by Walter Godfrey in the 1930s, and is Grade I listed.[5]


Hellingly Hospital once dominated the area east of the village and was the principal mental hospital for East Sussex. Opened in 1903 it remained in use until 1994. The buildings were derelict for some time until being demolished and replaced with a housing estate, named by the developer as Roebuck Park.


The main sports clubs in the village are Hellingly Rugby Club and Hellingly cricket club, which are both at Horsebridge recreation ground.


Hellingly is a ward in the Wealden parliamentary constituency, the MP since 2015 is Nus Ghani, Conservative. There are fourteen parish councillors on Hellingly Parish Council.[6] The population of this ward at the 2011 census was 5,940.[7]


The tower of the parish church
The tower of the parish church

The 13th-14th century parish church is dedicated to St Peter and St Paul. It is the only remaining example of a church built on a Saxon ciric, a circular mound, in the county.[8] The chancel dates from about 1200, and the shafts with annulets round the windows and the band of palmettes under them are substantially original. There is stained glass in the east lancet windows by Morris & Co. The church is Grade I listed.[9] Zoar Strict Baptist Chapel was founded in 1837 at Lower Dicker.[10]


This settlement had a railway station on the Polegate to Eridge line which closed on the growth of motorised transport in the rural parts of county in 1968. The village is now served by buses run by Stagecoach.[11]

Notable people

Horselunges Manor, Hellingly
Horselunges Manor, Hellingly


  1. ^ "East Sussex in Figures". East Sussex County Council. Retrieved 26 April 2008.
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  3. ^ Historic England (13 October 1952). "The mill building at the old water mill (Grade II*) (1180390)". National Heritage List for England.
  4. ^ Historic England (12 August 1981). "The house at the old water mill (Grade II) (1043194)". National Heritage List for England.
  5. ^ Historic England (13 October 1952). "Horselunges Manor (Grade I) (1285385)". National Heritage List for England.
  6. ^ "Councillors and Staff". Hellingly Parish Council. Retrieved 28 November 2021.
  7. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  8. ^ "St Peter & St Paul". A Church Near You. Retrieved 28 November 2021.
  9. ^ Historic England (30 August 1966). "Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul (Grade I) (1043186)". National Heritage List for England.
  10. ^ Smith, Lez (2003). A History of the Dicker: Two Sussex Villages. Hailsham: Lez Smith. p. 13. ISBN 0-9546322-0-6.
  11. ^ Bus services

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