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Newhaven Town Information

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Sailing at Piddinghoe Pond - Photo © Mike Bovington
Piddinghoe Pond - Photo: Mike Bovington CCL

This East Sussex port and seaside town at the mouth of the River Ouse only became a ‘new’ place in the wake of a violent storm in the 16th century.


It sealed the mouth of the River Ouse and created a new outlet here.


The first royal passenger on a local ferry service to Dieppe was the French king Louis-Philippe as he fled from the French Revolution.


A modern harbour has continued this tradition and has maintained Newhaven’s reputation as a cross-Channel destination.


Ironically, Newhaven Fort, which contains a museum, was built as a defence against Napoleon.