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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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  • Rye Christmas Festival 2016

    Saturday 10th December
    Location: Rye

    After last year's success this year promises to be even better - the events that have been confirmed so far ... more

  • House of Hands Christmas Fair

    Saturday 10th December @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Lots of great hand made gift ideas, home furnishings, jewellery and decorations available to buy direct from the makers. ... more

  • Book signing of The Book of Tides

    Sunday 11th December
    Location: Rye

    Local author is signing his new book, The Book of Tides, in the Rye Bookshop at 11am on Sunday. This ... more

  • Ian Shaw & Claire Martin - A Xmas Cracker

    Wednesday 14th December @ 7:15pm
    Location: Rye

    Rye Jazz & Blues Festival proudly present a jazz lovers festive delight with two of the best jazz singers in ... more

  • A Musical Christms Celebration

    Thursday 15th December
    Location: Brede

    The Christmas meeting of the National Trust Association is a Musical Christmas Celebration with the Rye Ukele Experiment and the ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 16th December @ 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

  • Celebrity Chef John Torode

    Friday 16th December @ 6:00pm
    Location: Peasmarsh

    BBC Masterchef's John Torode will be visiting Jepson's Peasmarsh Superstore - where he will be demonstrating his culinary skills to ... more

  • Cushy

    Friday 16th December @ 9:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Cushy playing at Wipers. Please check website for updates as music listing may be subject to change. ... more

  • Rokitmen Christmas Party

    Sunday 18th December @ 4:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Rokitmen Christmas Party playing at Wipers. Please check website for updates as music listing may be subject to change. ... more

  • Chekhov Triple Bill

    Sunday 18th December @ 4:00pm
    Location: Rye

    With Christmas just a few weeks away Rye Arts Festival is offering a special one-off performance of theatre for you ... more

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