Rodmell

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Coordinates: 50°50′N 0°01′E / 50.84°N 0.01°E / 50.84; 0.01

Rodmell is a small village and civil parish in the Lewes District of East Sussex, England. It is located three miles (4.8 km) south-west of Lewes, on the Lewes to Newhaven road and is situated by the west banks of the River Ouse. The village is served by Southease railway station, opened in 1906.

The Prime Meridian passes just to the west of Rodmell.

It has an early Norman church, dedicated to St. Peter, whose font is believed to be Saxon, predating the building itself.[2]

The village name has been variously spelled as Ramelle or Redmelle (11th century), Redmelde (12th century), Radmelde (13th century) and Radmill (18th century).[3]

Before the time of the Norman conquest the manor of Rodmell was held by King Harold II.[3] At the time the Domesday Book was compiled, there was a church in Rodmell, which was granted to Lewes Priory by William de Warenne, 2nd Earl of Surrey.[3]

Monk's House is located in the village, the home of the author Virginia Woolf for twenty-one years until her death in 1941. She left this house for the last time on 28 March 1941, took a walk through the local fields, and drowned herself in the nearby River Ouse. Her husband Leonard Woolf continued to live there until his death in 1969, and after a few more residents had passed through, it was bought by the University of Sussex, before being acquired and restored by the National Trust.

The village is bisected by the road from Lewes to Newhaven which passes through Iford. This road also passes the neighbouring village of Southease.

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