Bodiam, (East Sussex)

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Bodiam is the location of perhaps one of the most famous castles in England. It looks exactly like a castle should - round towers on the corners and square ones midway along each side. It is surrounded by a moat. It was built in 1385 as comfortable home and with considerable defences. The exterior is virtually complete, although the interior has been largely destroyed. It was the home of the Dalyngrigge family and the centre of the manor of Bodiam.

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Although much of the interior has been destroyed, there is enough remaining to visualise how it must once have been. This view is of the inside of one of the corner towers - notice the fireplaces still in the walls. The castle's survival is thanks to John Fuller, who purchased in 1829 and put an end to the quarrying of stone from the ruins.

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The north side of the castle contains the gatehouse, which still has the original wooden portcullis. There was once a barbican between the Octagon (an island in the moat) and the main gatehouse, of which only a fragment of the west wall remains.

Places of worship:

Church details, together with baptism, marriage, monumental inscription & burial records can be accessed by clicking on the church name.

Castle Chapel

St Giles

Census returns:

The OPC Database has no census returns for people residing in this parish yet.

People born in this parish but residing elsewhere:

7 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.

1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1871 census.


Grid reference: 578026, 126006 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Militia records etc:

Roll of Honour have a transcription of the war memorial together with biographical information concerning the individuals listed.

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 40 poll register entries for people entitled to vote in this parish.

1641 Protestation Returns:

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The OPC database contains 9 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.


There are 56 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

Postal directories:

The OPC database contains 2 postal directory entries for this parish, (breakdown below).

2 entries from the 1791 Universal British Directory.

The OPC database contains the following directory sections which cover this parish.

1791 Universal British Directory for Battel.


There is 1 book about this parish in the Sussex OPC Bibliography.

There are 11 articles about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.

There are no people from this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Society Members Index.


The OPC database contains no wills of people who lived in this parish.

The OPC database contains 1 will which mention this parish.

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