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What Is Life Like In Peacehaven?
Peaceful Peacehaven is just six miles from the busy, bustling city of Brighton. The quiet seaside town is home to over 14,000 residents who enjoy a tranquil lifestyle by the coast. Peacehaven is located in the Lewes district of East Sussex and lies above the South Down’s chalk cliffs. With beautiful views and a relaxed way of life, it’s easy to see why Peacehaven is so popular with families and retired people alike.
History Of Peacehaven
Peacehaven is believed to date back to the Bronze Age, as a barrow (burial mound), was found very close to the cliff top. Most recently, during the development of new homes near to Peacehaven Community School, more evidence was found, providing further evidence that a settlement existed in the town throughout the Bronze and Iron Ages.
In 1916, Peacehaven was established by entrepreneur Charles Neville, who later developed the nearby towns of Saltdean and Rottingdean. Mr Neville advertised a competition in the Daily Express to name the town (known as New Anzac-on-Sea). Reader Ethel Radford from Leicestershire was the winner, naming the seaside town Peacehaven in 1917.
Originally formed for recovering WWI veterans (due to its idyllic location and the sea air, bringing good health), the town soon became a must-buy-in destination for working class London families, who wanted a holiday home.
By 1924, Peacehaven’s population increased to over 3,000. During this period before WWII, the local council invested in water and electricity services. In 1974, the Town Centre Map and Action Plan was created to aid development within the town.
Days Out In Peacehaven
Famed for it’s laid-back atmosphere and fresh air, many a day out in Peacehaven centres around taking a trip to the pebbly beach. The stony-shore, accessed by the 188 Bastion Steps is the perfect place to escape the stresses of everyday life, with a walk alongside the waves. The beach is also renowned for fossil hunting, so head to the foreshore to find a keepsake from Peacehaven’s past.
For days out close to Peacehaven, take a trip to Brighton for a nostalgic seaside adventure amongst the cobbled Lanes, complete with a trip on the pier!
Closer to home, the Saltdean Lido (an art deco lido, currently being regenerated), Rottingdean Pitch and Putt and Newhaven Fort are all exciting places to visit.
Things To Do In Peacehaven
Peacehaven may be known for it’s relaxed vibe, but the town has a thriving sports scene.
The Peacehaven Leisure Centre, located next to the Meridian Shopping Centre and Peacehaven Community School is a modern multi-purpose centre offering amenities such a gym, sports and activity halls, soft play, an aerobics studio and squash courts. The town also has a bowls club (Peacehaven and Telscombe Bowls Club) welcoming new members, along with many other social sports groups.
Shopping is a favourite pastime amongst Peacehaven residents with The Meridian Centre at the heart of the town.
Schools In Peacehaven
Peacehaven has a number of excellent primary and secondary schools.
Primary schools include:
- Peacehaven Heights
- Meridian Community Primary School
- Telscombe Cliffs Community Primary School
Secondary schools include:
- Peacehaven Community School
Secondary schools include:
- Worthing College
- Chatsmore Catholic High School
- Durrington High School
Transport In Peacehaven
The nearest rail stations to Peacehaven is Newhaven Town and Newhaven Harbour, both are just a 10 minute drive away and services run regularly to Seaford and Brighton.
Buses and coaches
Peacehaven is serviced by Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company and Compass Travel, with regular routes running into Brighton and Eastbourne.
Peacehaven’s nearest airport is Shoreham Airport, which is a 40 minutes’ drive from the town. London Gatwick is less than an hour’s drive away.
The town has great access to nearby towns via the A259, which runs to Eastbourne and Pevensey in the east and Brighton, Hove and Worthing to the west.