PolegatePolegate is a large village which is now on the outskirts of Eastbourne - the huge growth of its popular seaside neighbour means that Polegate has almost been subsumed into Eastbourne itself.
Polegate started to grow mainly as a result of the railway junction at Polegate, with rail traffic from Lewes, Hastings and Hailsham all being routed through here. Polegate railway station is much less busier today though.
Polegate WindmillOvenden's Mill in Polegate is a fabulous restored windmill which is open to the public.
Polegate Mill is a listed tower mill which operated between 1817 and 1943.
Owned by the Eastbourne and District Preservation Trust Ltd, Polegate Mill receives great support from the Friends of Polegate Windmill.
Places of interest around PolegateInteresting places in and around Polegate include:
- Otteham Court has the remains of a 14th century chapel built by Premonstratensian monks before they moved to Bayham Abbey in Kent;
- The Cuckoo Trail long distance footpath passes through Polegate;
- The 1066 Country Walk long distance footpath passes just south of the village;
- St John's Chrch in Polegate is a Victorian Church which barely attracted any interest at all from Pevsner and Nairn, who remarked "Nothing of architectural value at Polegate".
Polegate travel notesPolegate still has its own railway station. By road Polegate lies at the intersection of the A27 and A22.
Eastbourne is the nearest town to Polegate, with outstanding shoping and other facilties.
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