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A Scheduled Monument in East Dean and Friston, East Sussex

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Latitude: 50.7627 / 50°45'45"N

Longitude: 0.1981 / 0°11'53"E

OS Eastings: 555115.587534

OS Northings: 98205.756099

OS Grid: TV551982

Mapcode National: GBR MVB.2WZ

Mapcode Global: FRA C792.8ZC

Entry Name: Dewpond

Scheduled Date: 28 May 1974

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1002237

English Heritage Legacy ID: ES 414

County: East Sussex

Civil Parish: East Dean and Friston

Built-Up Area: Friston

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: East Dean with Friston

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


Post-medieval dewpond, 280m north-east of Point House.

Source: Historic England


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 24 February 2015. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

The monument includes a post-medieval dewpond situated near the summit of South Hill at a cross roads adjacent to the Church of St Mary The Virgin, Friston on the South Downs.

The dew pond is thought to have been formed of puddle clay. It is broadly oval in form and measures about 33m north-south by 31m east-west. The 17th century church register records that it was twice cleaned out by the community. The pond is now planted with ornamental plants and trees.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

A dewpond is a shallow pond, often artificial, fed by the condensation of water from the air, occurring on high land which has no other adequate water supply. They traditionally formed an important source of water for livestock, usually sheep, on the South Downs.

The post-medieval dewpond, 280m north-east of Point House is a good example of its type, which survives well.

Source: Historic England


NMR TV59NE95. PastScape 470145.

Source: Historic England

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