In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Bodiam like this:
BODIAM, or Bodiham, a village and a parish in Ticehurst district, Sussex. The village stands on the river Rother, 3¾ miles ESE of Hurst Green, and 4 ENE of Robertsbridge r. station; and it has a post office under Hurst Green, and a fair on 6 June. The parish comprises 1,596 acres. Real property, £2,495. Pop., 303. Houses, 50. The manor belonged to Sir Edward Dalryngrudge, who fought at Crecy and Poictiers; passed to the Lewknors and others; and now belongs to A. E. Fuller, Esq. ...
A grand strong castle on it was built by Dalryngrudge; stood out for the Crown against the parliamentarians in the civil war; was taken by the latter and dismantled; and is now a picturesque ruin, nearly square, with round towers at the angles, square towers in the middle of the sides, a great machicolated gateway, and remains of ancient defences and approach. A modern mansion, called Bodiam Castle, stands in the vicinity. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Chichester. Value, £280.* Patron, T. Cubitt, Esq. The church is early and decorated English.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Bodiam has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Rother. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Bodiam and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Bodiam, in Rother and Sussex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th December 2014
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