Ditchling Parish Council Magazine
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A Bit about Ditchling
Ditchling is a village and civil parish in the Lewes District of East Sussex, England. The village is contained within the boundaries of the South Downs National Park
In Anglo-Saxon times, the people of Dicul settled here and King Alfred the Great held lands as a Royal Manor.
In the 18th and 19th centuries the Old Meeting House in Ditchling was an important centre for Baptists from the wider area, whose records and memorandum books allow a unique insight into a small rural religious community of the period. These records (in the East Sussex Record Office) bear witness to often fractious and heated debates about morality and religion.
There is one school in Ditchling, Ditchling (St Margaret’s) Church of England Primary School. This is a voluntary controlled primary school for children aged 4-11. In the centre of the village there is Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft.
There are two sites of scientific interest within the parish of Ditchling. The Ditchling Common Country Park is of biological interest because of the variety of health grassland habitat. The second site is Clayton to Offham Escarpment which is a rare chalk grassland habitat along with its woodland and scrub.
Ditchling has a long history of Protestant Nonconformism. The village has four extant places of Christian worship and one former chapel. St Margaret’s Church, founded in the 11th century, is the village’s Anglican Church.