BN25 (Seaford) area guide
The BN25 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Bishopstone, Cuckmere Haven, East Dean, East Sussex, Exceat, Norton, Ouse Valley and Ringmer, Seaford, Seaford Central, Seaford East, Seaford North, Seaford South, Seaford West, Westdean.
Back in the Middle Ages, Seaford was a main port for Southern England. This ended quickly following the coastal sedimentation which ruined the harbour, along with regular raids by French pirates. Between the years of 1350 and 1550, Seaford was burnt down several times, but it continued to regenerate and grow. In the 16th century the residents of Seaford were being called ‘cormorants’ or ‘shags’ because they had a habit and liking for looting ships that were wrecked in the bay. It has even been said that they would place fake harbour lifts on the cliffs in order to make ships run aground, so that they could steal the cargo. By the 19th century, Seaford’s luck had turned around with the help of the railway that connected them to Lewes and London. It had become a small seaside resort town.
The population in Seaford is about 23,000. Of these, nearly 8,500 are retired. The median age in the area is 50 years old, showing its popularity as a retirement destination. It is a very pleasant area right on the water and houses are not too expensive. The average house price is about £275,000. The most common property type in the area is detached, at over 40 per cent.
The highest average property prices in the area are around £500,000. Streets on which you can find expensive property includes Firle Grange, Firle Road and Sunningdale Close. The most affordable areas in BN25 have properties worth under £100,000, such as can be found in Terminus Buildings and Pelham Place .
There is a national park in the area called Seven Sisters Country Park, which comprises 280 hectares of chalk cliffs, grassland and river valleys. It is a popular spot for outdoor activities such as walking, bird watching, cycling and canoeing. It is named after the famous ‘Seven Sisters’ that form part of the chalk cliffs on the Sussex Heritage Coast, which is one of Britain’s finest unspoiled coastlines. There are also a number of other parks and zoos in the area which are great places to take children. Another great thing about Seaford is the beach, a nice relaxing place to head to on the weekends to unwind from a stressful week of work.
The Seaford Museum of Local History is located in Martello Tower No.74. A Martello Tower is a small defensive fort that was built during the 19th century for the British Empire. There is about 5,000 square feet of display area, which includes the roof with cannon, museum shop, and a covered dry moat area on the lower floor of the tower.
The Seaford Rugby Football Club plays at the town’s Salts Recreation Ground. The Seaford Cricket Club also plays here. Seaford Town, the town’s football club plays at Crouch Playing Field. There are also two golf courses, Seaford Golf Club on Firle Road, and Seaford Head Golf Course, which boasts amazing views of the coastline. Wave Leisure Centre offers badminton, indoor bowls, children’s disco dancing, line-dancing and fitness classes. They are a not for profit organisation.
The primary schools in the Seaford area are Seaford Primary School, Annecy Catholic Primary School and Chyngton School. The secondary schools are Seaford Head Community College and Tideway School.