Broomhill in East Sussex

Google map showing area surrounding Broomhill
(Swept away by the Storm)
Location: 50.931866,0.814276
General Details
Broomhill Sussex - The sand dunesBroomhill in East Sussex used to lie in the area of the current Lydd Army Ranges on the coast between Camber and Dungeness . It was located on an island on a spit of land on the western edge of the Walland Marsh which is now the western edge of the Romney Marsh . In 1155 a Royal Charter founded the Cinque Ports which originally consisted of the 'Ports' of Hastings , Romney ( now Old Romney ) , Hythe , Dover and Sandwich. However most of the ports in the Romney Marsh area became associated with the founders, and Broomhill was no exception, joining in the late 1100's.

In 1287 a severe storm hit hit the channel, and the movement of shingle blocked the outlet of the Rother at Romney, changing its path forever down to Rye and out into the sea. The Storm sweept away the ports of (P)Bromehill and Old Winchelsea and destroyed many ships. The Cinque Ports were very badly hit as many of the fishing vessels and sailors were lost. Surprisingly the decayed remains of the church are shown on a map produced by John Norden in 1595.
Broomhill East Sussex - A map showing the marshes in the 1200sThe sands all along this coastline are very attractive, with the cliffs at Fairlight forming a very pretty backdrop.

The area now is given over to the Army Ranges at Lydd which have no public access but further down the coast towards Dungeness lies a Nature Reserve.
Broomhill East Sussex - A map from the 1600'sThe village was never rebuilt after the storm, and therefore has no services.

The nearest services are at Camber which lies about 2 miles north.
Broomhill is shown as the red symbol on the map.

Nearby Villages

(click on symbol to see the village page)
Village= Town= Recorded in Domesday=
Camber (Sands and Holidays)0.89 miles
Dungeness (Fishermen and Lighthouses)6.67 miles
East Guldeford (Barn-like Church)3.21 miles
Greatstone (Parabolic Sound Detectors and PLUTO)6.80 miles
Icklesham (Paul McCartney's Recording Studio)6.32 miles
Iden (Sheriff of Kent and Jack Cade)
5.10 miles
Littlestone (The Genteel Resort)7.40 miles
Lydd (The Cathedral of the Marsh)4.26 miles
Lydd on Sea (Bungalows and Fishermen)6.78 miles
New Romney (Cinque Port and Storm)6.61 miles
Old Winchelsea (Abandoned after the Great Storm)3.92 miles
Peasmarsh (Black Death moves village)6.78 miles
Pett (End of the Royal Military Canal)7.08 miles
Playden (Saltcote and fish)
4.09 miles
Rye (On the Island)
3.59 miles
Rye Harbour (Nature Reserve and unspoilt beaches)
2.33 miles
Winchelsea (Inland Cinque Port !!)4.61 miles
Winchelsea Beach (Holidaymakers and Henry VIIIs Fort)4.12 miles
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