Part of Selmeston village has for many years been a Conservation Area – an area of special architectural or historic interest designated by Wealden so that its character and appearance may be preserved and enhanced.
In 2014, Wealden significantly increased the conservation area and now includes most of the village from the A27 to the level crossing, as well as properties adjoining the A27 that are actually in Alciston (including The Barley Mow). A map of the new conservation area is shown above.
Selmeston has a large number of listed buildings in the village. Church Farm (pictured) is first recorded in 1288, with the present building ( built c. 1548) located almost in the centre of the village.
Conservation areas exist to protect the special architectural and historic interest of a place. You can find out more about what it means to live in a conservation area via the Historic England website.
The community of Selmeston is creating a Parish Plan that enables us to have one voice over the issues that affect our community and what is important to us that we want to protect from change. Results from the Parish questionnaires will be available soon.
Selmeston is blessed with many ancient footpaths that meander their way across the low weald. Most notable are the Vanguard Way and Cuckmere Pilgrims Path where footpaths connect to the churches at Berwick, Arlington and Alciston. And, of course Selmeston is a stones throw from the South Downs National Park.