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    Bodle Street
(White Horse on the roof)

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Bodle Street Sussex - The White Horse
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 services.

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.


Bodle Street East Sussex - St John the Evangelist
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.


Bodle Street East Sussex - The village sign 
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.

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