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.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Bodiam, in Rother and Sussex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 24th March 2017
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