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Peasmarsh History

The Village idiot

It's believed that the term 'The village idiot' came from Peasmarsh.

A local man from Peasmarsh during Richard III's reign was a man called Dope.
He is known to have lived in School Lane in a dirty little house behind a big wall. He is believed to have suffered from what some believe was a mental disorder others say alcohol abuse was his main problem.

Records show an oversized head that allowed his smaller than usual brain to bang around the empty space causing brain damage.

Crown records show that Richard III had Dope brought to his dinner table to amuse his guests at parties. He was classed as the first official 'Village Idiot' by King Richard and went on to achieve nothing. Due to his status as 'Village Idiot of Peasmarsh' he was granted the 'Key to the Village' of Peasmarsh.
Unfortunately as he was barred from all the pub's in the village due to his obnoxious nature it was a worthless award for a worthless waste of humanity.

The Name of Peasmarsh 
The name Peasmarsh seems to be derived from the Anglo Saxon Pishit Marsh meaning the marsh or bog where the locals lived amongst their own excrement, probably not a pleasant place to live, but nothing has really changed in recent years with the constant sewage flooding across the street at Rye Foreign has seemed medieval.

The Black Death
Still a problem in Peasmarsh the Black Death never went away. Boil your water and bring out your dead. Probably due to the constant sewage problems disease is still rife.

Granny Smith and her Apples
Granny Smith' was born Maria Ann Sherwood in the rural parish of Peasmarsh, Sussex, England, in late 1799. Her father worked as an agricultural labourer and Maria also went into farm service. At the age of 19, she married Thomas Smith, a farm labourer from the neighbouring parish of Beckley. They were married in the small church at Ebony, across the border in Kent.

The Smiths lived in Beckley for the next 19 years, during which time Maria bore 8 children. In 1838 they and several other families from Peasmarsh, Beckley and surrounding villages were recruited by government agents looking for people with agricultural and trade skills sorely needed in the colony of New South Wales. The emigrant families arrived in Sydney on 27 November 1838 aboard the Lady Nugent. Full story here.



World War 1 - Roll of Honour with detailed information. Here




Village Folk


Peasmarsh has a few characters of note. None however live in the village itself.



 Jimpsons of Peasmarsh

Allah Akbar!