WELCOME TO THE VILLAGE OF UDIMORE
Udimore is reputedly the second longest village in England and has a population of 350, including 60 under eighteen. While small in number, it is a cohesive and close knit rural farming community.
The village runs along the ridge, (On the B2089), between the River Tillingham, to the north, and the River Brede to the south. It is in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) with lovely walks in the valleys.
It is about 3 miles from the historic Cinque Port of Rye and about 10 miles or so from the equally historic towns of Hastings seaside and Battle.
Udimore has two pubs, one at each end of the village, and a thriving village Community Hall.
Twenty years after the Norman conquest, Udimore is recorded in the Domesday book under the name of Dodimere – apparently having been severely wasted following the Battle of Hastings. The name was spelled in various ways: Udymer, Uddimer or Udimere before it settled down to its present form.
And behold the air was filled
With the rushing and glistening
Wings of angels who took the
Stones of the church and carried
them over the water. As they
did so the night winds bore
back the chant at the onlookers
Over the mere !
Over the mere !
Legend has it, that when the foundation stones of the church were laid down in the valley on the location chosen by the villagers, they would wake up each morning to find that the stones had been moved to the position where the church stands today.
Puzzled, the villagers stayed up to watch in the night, and were were astonished to see angels moving the stones, singing 'o'er di mere'.