The village of Brede is approximately 6 miles north of Hastings situated on the A28 and lies to the northern banks of the River Brede which takes it name from the village. Brede takes its name from the old English word for breadth, referring to the wide valley the village overlooks.
The village comprises of a historical collection of old houses surrounding the Grade I listed Church of St George that dates back to the mid 13th century and which stands in a commanding view point overlooking the Brede Valley which until the early 20th century was navigable by barge up to the Brede bridge. Opposite the church is the main village pub called the Red Lion,which serves locally sourced produce from the area. An array of timber frame cottages covered with hanging tiles and weatherboard and larger farm houses run down Stubbs Lane that eventually reaches the entrance gates to Brede Place, the ancient stone manor house which has been owned by a succession of wealthy families. In the eleventh Century, after the Norman Conquest, The Manor of Brede was granted to the Abbey of Fecamp and remained under its control until 1416. Robert Oxenbridge then rebuilt it in sandstone and additions were made the following century by Goddard Oxenbridge.
Running past the church a mile lane, leads down into the Brede Valley to the Brede waterworks and Steam Giants https://www.bredesteamgiants.co.uk which is a late Victorian water pumping station that serviced Fairlight service reservoir that provided Hastings with fresh drinking water.
The village runs from the south by the church in a northerly direction with ribbon development following along the A28 passing the well used village hall which runs a weekly farmers market and a number of local activities https://www.brede-pc.org.uk . Towards the north of the village is Broad Oak Brede where there is a local village store, bakery and bangers (Sausage) shop, https://www.broadoakbakers.co.uk as well as local fire station, doctors surgery https://www.northiamandbroadoaksurgery.co.uk and primary school and now a local micro brewery called the Three Legs brewery https://www.thethreelegs.co.uk that operates out of Burnt House Farm. The housing at this end of the village is a mix of traditional cottages and farm houses along with more modern post war housing including the popular 1970’s built Reedswood estate comprising predominantly bungalows.
Brede High Woods to the west of the village are in an area of ancient woodland and open heath, ponds, and modern planting and were acquired by the Woodland Trust in 2007. The Woodland is free to visitors and home to many rare plants, insects and wild birds.