The Village idiot
It's believed that the term 'The village idiot' came from
from Peasmarsh during Richard III's reign was a man
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
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
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.
PEASMARSH WAR MEMORIAL
World War 1 - Roll of Honour with detailed information.
Peasmarsh has a few characters of note. None however live in the