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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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  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 2nd September @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market sells local produce which includes: Cakes, Preserves, Savouries, Free Range Eggs, Seasonal Vegetables and Fruit, Unusual Plants, ... more

  • We Work in the Dark - we do what we can ......

    Friday 2nd September for 30 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    We work in the dark – we do what we can – we give what we have’ Henry James In ... more

  • Bramble Ramble

    Saturday 3rd September @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Rye Harbour Event A look at the wildlife of bramble and a chance to pick some delicious blackberries – bring ... more

  • Grand Monthly Jumble

    Saturday 3rd September @ 10:30am
    Location: Rye

    Grand Jumble Sale in aid of ARRCC on the first Saturday of every month starting 7th May 2016. The Warehouse ... more

  • Open Potter's Studio

    Saturday 3rd September for 2 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Winchelsea Beach

    Sea-themed ceramics in my studio at 7 Windmill Way, Winchelsea Beach, TN36 4LF, for sale at reasonable prices. Original, hand-made ... more

  • Richard Adams and Jane Beecham Open Studio

    Saturday 3rd September for 2 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Playden

    Please join us when we open our home to welcome you to view our latest work. Richard Adams, Jane Beecham ... more

  • Under Winchelsea cellar tours

    Saturday 3rd September @ 2:00pm
    Location: Winchelsea

    Winchelsea boasts over 50 medieval cellars, a number rivalled only in Bristol, Southampton and Norwich. They were all built between ... more

  • Camber Castle

    Saturday 3rd September @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Camber Castle is open to the public on for a guided tour. Admission charges apply. ... more

  • Behold I Bring You Good Gnus

    Saturday 3rd September @ 5:00pm
    Location: Rye

    A special evening of music surrounding the wit and wisdom of England's greatest musical humourists. Held in the theatre at ... more

  • Sussex Brass Band Concert

    Saturday 3rd September @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Rye & District Day Centre are pleased to announce the annual event - a Brass Band Concert. This year's event ... more

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