Barcombe (population 1,000) is a quiet East Sussex village lying just some 4 miles North of Lewes. The village is probably best known to local Sussex folk and tourists for its 'Mills', a reference to an old water-mill complex on the river Ouse at the base of the hill upon which the main village (aka Barcombe Cross) is situated. Barcombe Mills, which used to have a railway station, was a favourite Sunday outing for Townsfolk from Lewes and Brighton. Today, boating at the local "Anchor" pub has superceded the Mills at a popular Summer's day venue.
Barcombe was recorded in the Doomsday Book of the 11th century as "Berchamp", a reference to fields of barley. Remains have been also found of three Roman villas and an associated bath house just to the South of the village.