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Coordinates: 50°53′N 0°03′E / 50.89°N 0.05°E / 50.89; 0.05

Ringmer
Ringmer is located in East Sussex
Ringmer

 Ringmer shown within East Sussex
Area  25.9 km2 (10.0 sq mi[1]
Population 4,591 (Parish-2007)[1]
    - Density  177 /km2 (460 /sq mi)
OS grid reference TQ445124
    - London  43 miles (69 km) N 
District Lewes
Shire county East Sussex
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LEWES
Postcode district BN8
Dialling code 01273
Police Sussex
Fire East Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Lewes
Website Ringmer Parish Council
List of places: UK • England • East Sussex

Ringmer is a village and civil parish in the Lewes District of East Sussex, England. The village is located three miles (4.8 km) east of Lewes. Other small settlements in the parish include Upper Wellingham, Ashton Green, Broyle Side and Little Norlington.

There has been human habitation there since at least Roman times. The village church, dedicated to St Mary, was built probably in the 13th century. One of its rectors, named to the living in 1533, was William Levett, named in the same year as rector of Buxted, and one of the most improbable figures in English ecclesiastical history.[2] While serving as rector, Levett took over the iron foundry business of his deceased brother John, and became the leading manufacturer of armaments in England, as well as the first to cast iron cannons in modern blast furnaces.

Ringmer also has two schools, Ringmer Primary School for ages 4–11 and Ringmer Community College for students aged 11–18. Ringmer Community College also houses the local swimming pool which is run by Freedom Leisure.

The symbol of Ringmer is a tortoise named Timothy, after the female tortoise that the naturalist Gilbert White carried back to Selborne in Hampshire in 1780. White’s aunt Rebecca Snooke lived in Delves House where Timothy had the run of the courtyard garden. Timothy died in 1794, one year after Gilbert White.

Ringmer Mill stood for centuries on Mill Plain overlooking Ringmer. This post mill was in operation until 1921 and collapsed in 1925. The mill post, on which the body of the mill rotated, is all that is left today and is a local landmark and memorial to a bygone age.

Ringmer is one of the largest villages in the south of England.

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Famous residents

Landmarks

There is a Site of Special Scientific Interest partly within the parish. Plashett Park Wood is a site of biological importance as an area of ancient woodland. It provides a habitat for a variety of breeding birds plus a number of rarer invertebrates and flora.[3]

2006 fireworks factory fire

The mushroom cloud from the fire at the factory

On 3 December 2006 the Festival Fireworks factory which is located within the parish, near Shortgate, caught fire detonating the display pyrotechnics stored on the site. Successive explosions then followed for more than eight hours. Sussex Police, which described it as "a serious incident", established a 200 metres (660 ft) exclusion zone around the factory. Television pictures showed a large fireball at the centre of the blaze. Two members of Sussex fire services died. Nine fire service workers were also injured along with two members of the public and a police officer. Hundreds of rockets continued to explode skywards more than five hours after the initial blasts. [4]

Public drinking ban

In September 2009 the district council introduced a ban on drinking in public places in response to anti-social behaviour.[5] Similar bans had been introduced in Lewes, Newhaven, Seaford and Peacehaven.[5]

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