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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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  • Moth Morning

    Sunday 25th June @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    A huge variety of interesting and very beautiful moths visit the nature reserve. Come and look in the moth trap ... more

  • Much Ado About Nothing - Open Air

    Sunday 25th June
    Location: Three Oaks

    Bowler Crab bring their tenth Shakespearean production to Half House Farm, Three Oaks – the hilarious comedy Much Ado About ... more

  • Jazz Supper at The Mermaid

    Thursday 29th June @ 8:00pm
    Location: Rye

    This month the Mermaid’s jazz concert series features trumpeter and pianist Paul Higgs who has had an extensive musical career ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 30th June @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market will be open every Friday from 10th March - 15th December. We sell Cakes, Savouries, Preserves, Free ... more

  • Wildlife Watch - Rye Harbour

    Saturday 1st July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    A monthly Saturday club for children aged 5-11 years offering a chance to find out more about the natural world ... more

  • Peasmarsh Primary School Summer Fair

    Saturday 1st July @ noon
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Delicious food and drink, bouncy castle, face painting, tombola, balloons, games, raffle, arts and crafts stalls, karate and dance presentations ... more

  • Tilling Green Bingo 2017

    Thursday 6th July
    Location: Rye

    Tilling Green Bingo at the Tilling Green Community Centre, Mason Road, Rye TN31 7BE. Doors Open at 6:45pm with Eyes ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 7th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market will be open every Friday from 10th March - 15th December. We sell Cakes, Savouries, Preserves, Free ... more

  • Summer Concert

    Saturday 8th July
    Location: Rye

    The London Pro Arte Choir will be performing a concert of works including Handel, Brahms and Vaughan Williams. The concert ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 14th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market will be open every Friday from 10th March - 15th December. We sell Cakes, Savouries, Preserves, Free ... more

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