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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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  • Jake Hertz Duo

    Friday 23rd February
    Location: Rye

    Jake Hertz Duo at the Ypres. ... more

  • Music at the Ypres - Jake Hertz Duo

    Friday 23rd February @ 8:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Music at the Ypres - Jake Hertz Duo. ... more

  • Rye Scallop Festival 2018

    Saturday 24th February for 9 days
    Location: Rye

    Rye Scallop Festival 2018 . Further details to follow. ... more

  • Scallop Taster Dinner

    Saturday 24th February for 9 days
    Location: Rye

    Webbe's in Rye Scallop Week Dinner Menu Dinner Taster Menu £42 Alongside our regular a la carte menu we will ... more

  • Grease

    Saturday 24th February
    Location: Rye

    Sing-A-Long version of the original 1978 movie. Join us at Rydell High School’s 40th reunion. Dress to impress and get ... more

  • Taste and Talk Scallops

    Saturday 24th February @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Come and join Russell Drew from Market Fisheries at Simmons Quay for a talk on Rye Bay Scallops. There will ... more

  • Tatners@ Olde World Wines

    Saturday 24th February
    Location: Rye

    Kyle has gained a variety of cooking styles from his travels around the globe, from French cuisine to Asian street ... more

  • Rye History Walks

    Saturday 24th February
    Location: Rye

    Fully guided Walks of the beautiful historic Citadel led by a knowledgeable local expert. Come and explore Rye’s fabulous streets ... more

  • Niall O’Riordan flute & Anne Marshall piano

    Saturday 24th February
    Location: Winchelsea

    Described by critics as ‘dazzling’, ‘tonally ravishing and technically flawless’ (British Flute Society) Irish flutist Niall O’Riordan enjoys an international ... more

  • Winchelsea Arts Concet

    Saturday 24th February
    Location: Winchelsea

    Winchelsea Arts Concert - Niall O'Riordan (flute) and Anne Marshall (piano). Tickets: winchelsea-arts.org.uk ... more

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