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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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  • Wild Woodland Weekend Club

    Saturday 27th August @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

    The monthly outdoor club where children aged 6-11 can explore, play and learn in the woods with campfires, mud, dens ... more

  • Flower Festival

    Saturday 27th August for 3 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Iden

    All Saints Church, Iden ( two miles north of Rye on the Wittersham Road) is holding a Flower Festival with ... more

  • Walk and Talk - A Guided Tour

    Saturday 27th August @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    David Hopkins takes you on a historical tour of Rye - Tudor boom, bust and plague, 18th century smuggling, the ... more

  • The Brillos

    Saturday 27th August @ 1:00pm
    Location: Rye

    The Brillos - ukulele band will be performing on the Kino terrace. Three guys and three tiny instruments make a ... more

  • Historic Experiences in Rye

    Saturday 27th August
    Location: Rye

    Join local tour Guide Tina Brown for a journey into the past. Hear about Rye in bygone times, listen to ... more

  • Louis Turpin Trio

    Saturday 27th August
    Location: Rye

    We are very excited to announce local favourite Louis Turpin and his wonderful Trio playing at the Butter Market on ... more

  • Funky Rhythms - Jazz Organ Trio

    Saturday 27th August @ 3:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Make your way to the famous landmark Landgate in Rye and soak up the coolest funky sound of Terry Seabrook’s ... more

  • Rye Jazz Festival - Mica Paris

    Saturday 27th August @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    A very special and intimate close up and personal concert with the amazing Mica Paris Queen of UK Soul. Hold ... more

  • Funky Rhythms - Jazz Organ Trio

    Saturday 27th August @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    A very special and intimate close up and personal concert with the amazing Mica Paris Queen of UK Soul. Hold ... more

  • Cool Alfresco Summertime Jazz

    Sunday 28th August @ noon
    Location: Rye

    ‘Dave Silks Jazz Nights Ensemble’ and friends…..Swinging jazz at its best. A top class line – up of wonderful musicians ... more

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