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Winchelsea

Winchelsea in East Sussex

Winchelsea is a historic ancient town which stands two miles west of the town of Rye. It was founded in 1288 as a port town to replace Old Winchelsea, which was overwhlemed by the sea during the 13th century, and is a splendid example of a medieval planned town, with a grid pattern of streets.

Winchelsea, along with Rye, was one of the 'Ancient Towns' who joined the Cinque Port Confederation in the 12th century. During the Hundred Years War, the town was attacked by the French and Spanish, but its demise came with the gradual silting of its harbour. Winchelsea was still fairly prosperous in 1500 but by 1560, it had dwindled to a "settlement" of 60 households.

One of the founders of the Methodist Church, John Wesley, preached his last outdoor sermon in the town on the 7th October 1790, when he was aged 87.

Today, Winchelsea is an unspoilt small town of much character, well worth exploring, with delightful walks and fine views towards the coast. There is a pub and a motel, both providing accommodation and serving lunchtime and evening meals, and a small coffee shop. Visitors may be interested in the surviving town gates, the medieval Church of St Thomas and a small museum which is open daily during the summer months. In the churchyard is the grave of much-loved comedian Spike Milligan.

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  • 1st Guestling & Pett Brownies

    Tuesday 17th January @ 4:00pm
    Location: Guestling

    We meet at Guestwell Scout Hut, Church Lane, Guestling TN35 4HS on Tuesdays (term time only). Girlguiding is the national ... more

  • General Sale

    Friday 20th January
    Location: Rye

    Viewing for our General Sale Thursday 19 January 9.00 am - 4.30 pm. Auction day open from 8.30 sale commences ... more

  • Free Wellbeing Talk on the Hidden Causes of Anger

    Saturday 21st January @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Join this free talk on “The Hidden Causes of Anger” to discover the best ways to help yourself and others ... more

  • Dead Calm at the Smugglers - Pett

    Sunday 22nd January @ 4:00pm
    Location: Pett Level

    Recently re-opened and Under New Management, The Smuggler is a Traditional Pub, great food at reasonable prices, open fire with ... more

  • Jazz Supper at the Mermaid

    Thursday 26th January @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    The Tudor Room at the Mermaid opens at 7pm for Supper. Music from 8pm. Supper £25, Non - Diners £10 ... more

  • Hush Heath Wine Dinner

    Thursday 26th January @ 7:30pm
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Learn about, and taste different Hush Heath Estate Wines from the garden of England, while enjoying canapes and 3 courses ... more

  • On Land and Sea

    Friday 27th January
    Location: Iden

    As well as managing British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) a marine mammal rescue charity and being a trustee of ... more

  • Chinese New Year

    Saturday 28th January
    Location: Rye

    Saturday 28th January is the new Chinese year of the rooster! A celebration will be held at the cinque ports ... more

  • Rye Networking Over Coffee

    Tuesday 31st January @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Business networking event held in The Tudor Room. For more details go to the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/185965121742782/ ... more

  • Antique and Collectables Sale

    Friday 3rd February
    Location: Rye

    Viewing for our Antique & Collectable Sale Thursday 2nd February 9.00am - 4.30pm. Auction day open from 8.30 sale commences ... more

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