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Living in Pevensey: The local area guide
The ancient village of Pevensey lies on the southern coast of England in the county of East Sussex, one mile inland from the historical Pevensey Bay. After crossing the English Channel from Normandy, France, William the Conqueror landed here in 1066, thus beginning his infamous invasion of England. The village is close to the Lullington Heath National Nature Reserve, the easternmost segment of the South Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and with its own small nature reserve, Pevensey is well located for exploring the famed natural beauty of the English South.
Pevensey is also the civil parish for the area, consisting of Pevensey Bay, Pevensey village and Pevensey Levels, a twelve-kilometre stretch of farmland. The village has several ancient buildings, including the East Gate of Pevensey Castle, a Norman castle managed by English Heritage. Its old town hall, called The Courthouse, is the smallest in England, and St Nicolas is a very early English church. Pevensey Bay is a popular beachfront resort village with a relatively sizeable retired community. Many species of plants and wildlife can be found amongst Pevensey Levels down to the coast.
The living environment of Pevensey has been ranked better than 91% of areas in England according to the Index of Multiple Deprivation, though only better than 59% of areas of England overall (once factors such as Employment and Education are accounted for) which likely accounts for the notably high retired population.
Pevensey has a population of 3,153 as of the 2011 census. Over 95% of residents identify as white British, with most residents aged 45 and older, particularly falling in the 55-64 and 65-74 Adult Lifestage ranges. The population is a mix of families, single working adults and retired persons, with a notably large community of the latter.
Of those employed, which accounts for nearly half of the population, the most common industries of work are Human Health and Social Work, Wholesale and Retail Trade, Construction and Education. The Occupational groups fall across the range, with the most common being Skilled Trades, Associate Professional and Technical and Administrative and Secretarial. Professionals and Managers, Directors and Senior Officials tie for the fourth most common Occupations, with 288 persons employed in these classes as of 2011.
Pevensey and Westham C of E Primary School in central Pevensey, just past Pevensey Castle on the High Street, is one of the best performing schools in the area, with 90% of pupils achieving, at least, level 4 in reading, writing and maths at KS2. There are 34 primary schools within a five-mile radius, however, most of them towards Eastbourne, so there are plenty of options.
There are 12 secondary schools within five miles, the closest being The Bishop Bell Church of England Mathematics and Computing Specialist School in Eastbourne. Causeway School and Eastbourne Academy are other secondary options in the area. Hazel Court School, just over two miles away in Eastbourne, covers ages 11-19 so is one option for secondary and sixth form, albeit small with only 88 pupils. Sussex Downs College is another sixth form, Eastbourne College a well-performing secondary through sixth form and Gildredge House a comprehensive 4-19 mainstream free school.
Pevensey is served by Pevensey Bay rail station on the East Coastway Line. The station is a few minutes walking distance from Pevensey High Street, but only has services on Monday to Friday, with three trains a day towards Eastbourne and Brighton and five trains a day toward Hastings and Ashford International.
Several bus services run to Eastbourne, Hastings and Battle, and National Express runs some services to the village and the bay. There are excellent road connections, as the village lies along one of the main south coast roads. Pevensey is only five miles to the north-east of Eastbourne. Gatwick is about 42 miles away via the A22 and London can be reached by train in just under 2.5 hours.
Amenities and shopping
Pevensey village has several pubs, restaurants, cafés and coffee shops, primarily along the High Street, but in just a short drive to Eastbourne there are plentiful shops and amenities, including golf clubs, football clubs, the Langney Shopping Centre, a variety of restaurants and pubs and more. The Langney Shopping Centre includes many high street fashion and lifestyle stores as well as markets on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Pevensey Bay is a popular beachfront holiday and retirement village, with a convenience store, off-license, bakery, chemist, library, medical centre and a range of restaurants, inns and cafes.
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