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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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  • Webbe's Scallop School

    Monday 26th February @ 9:30am
    Location: Rye

    In its thirteenth year, celebrating the scallop and local seafood species. Prepare and eat a seven course luncheon enjoying wines ... more

  • Webbe's Scallop School

    Tuesday 27th February @ 9:30am
    Location: Rye

    In its thirteenth year, celebrating the scallop and local seafood species. Prepare and eat a seven course luncheon enjoying wines ... more

  • Marshlink Action Group AGM

    Tuesday 27th February @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    This is the Annual General Meeting of the MarshLink Action Group. Following the formal meeting (at about 7.15pm) there will ... more

  • Rye Ukulele Experiment

    Tuesday 27th February @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Playing a mix of uplifting sea ballads, fishy songs, shanties with rolling choruses, a drunken sailors lament and other such ... more

  • Winemaker's Dinner

    Wednesday 28th February
    Location: Rye

    Hosted by Winemaker Victoria Ash. Further details TBC … visit http://scallop.org.uk/winemakers-dinner/ for further updates. ... more

  • 4Networking for Business

    Wednesday 28th February
    Location: Rye

    4Networking for Business at the Mermaid. For further details visit https://www.facebook.com/events/165541314083094/ ... more

  • Rye History Walks

    Wednesday 28th 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

  • Claire Hammill at the Ypres

    Wednesday 28th February
    Location: Rye

    Claire Hammill at the Ypres - live music. ... more

  • Hamlet - Enter the Prince of Denmark

    Wednesday 28th February for 4 days
    Location: Rye

    Theatre Nation present Hamlet - Enter the Prince of Denmark. Theatre Nation is a theatre company based in Hastings, East ... more

  • Jazz Supper

    Thursday 1st March @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Jazz Supper at the Mermaid Inn. Dave Silk and friend’s Jazz Nights Ensemble. Diners £25 / Non-Diners £10. Performance at ... more

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