Barcombe and Barcombe Cross
Barcombe MillsWhile the Mills at Barcombe no longer exist - the last corn was ground here in 1934 and fire finished off the building not long afterwards - Barcombe Mills is a very popular beauty spot which has become a local nature reserve.
The Barcombe Mills Nature Reserve occupies the west bank of Barcombe Reservoir and the River Ouse. There are numerous small streams and weirs and the area is prone to flooding in winter.
The area is popular for fishing, walking, cycling, swimming and even canoeing.
Other Barcombe informationBarcombe used to be served by the railway, with the line connecting Uckfield and Lewes - there are plans afoot to repoen this line as part of the Wealden Line Campaign, although there's a long way to go before this becomes reality.
Barcombe Bonfire may date back to 1932, but the current spectacular is a more modern affair as Barcombe Bonfire Society was reformed in 1978.
Places of interest around BarcombeInteresting places in and around Barcombe include:
- Shelley's Folly a mile west of Barcombe is a small pavilion with fine views built in 1700, albeit on private land;
- St Mary's Church, Barcombe was greatly remodelled by the Victorians, but some 13th and 14th century details remain inthe church.
- Barcombe Roman Villa - in 1999 a geophysical survey revealed unusual underground features in a field in Barcombe which turned out to be a sizeable Roman villa. The site and and its history are still being scraped away at.
Barcombe travel notesThe nearest railway station to Barcombe is Lewes, which is also the nearest large town.
Lewes can be reached by turning on to the A26 road two miles east of Barcombe.
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