Piddinghoe is a small picturesque village in East Sussex, in the valley of the River Ouse, five miles south of Lewes. It is close to the port of Newhaven. The River Ouse, which runs alongside the village, is fast flowing and tidal and provides good sailing facilities.
St. John’s Church, which was built in the early 12th century, has a round Norman tower, on top of which is a wooden octagonal spire. It has a wind vane, which is in the shape of a fish and is mentioned in Rudyard Kipling’s 1902 poem, “Sussex” –
‘where windy Piddinghoe’s
Begilded dolphin veers’
The fish, which is more like a salmon than a dolphin, is also on top of the village sign.