Bodle Street is a small village lying between Windmill Hill and
Punnetts Town . It is a small village with only the White Horse
public house, the village hall and the church providing local
It was a small rural community until the coming of the Wealden
iron industry , when it lay between the Ashburnham Forge and the
Warbleton Forge. Much of the iron implements produced from those
forges were pulled by oxen through the area, ruining the roads.
The road to Windmill Hill was produced from the slag by-product of
the furnaces , and built to allow the cannons to be pulled across
the valley to the hill. The closing of the Iron Works reverted the
village to its rural farming roots.
The railways brought the prospect of employment when in 1865 a branch
line was proposed to link up the Cuckoo Line at Hailsham to the
Rother Valley Railway at Robertsbridge , but nothing came of this.
The White Horse together with the village hall and the church
provide the only services.
The nearest major shopping towns are Heathfield about 8 miles
north east and Hailsham about 7 miles south west.
Trains can be caught at Battle about 12 miles south east.
The White Horse public house at Bodle Street is the only pub we know
with a white horse painted on it roof.
The views across the valley to Windmill Hill are very pretty, and the
area is peaceful and tranquil.