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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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  • My Mind's Eye - a journey by Maggie Lloyd

    Wednesday 23rd June for 13 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    A portfolio of Maggie Lloyd's work of portraits and landscapes in pastel, oil and other media. There are many aspects ... more

  • The Oxford Lieder Series: Ted Black in concert

    Saturday 26th June @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Tenor Ted Black was recently a finalist in the world-famous Kathleen Ferrier Awards. He is currently singing two major Mozart ... more

  • Seven Open Gardens Brede

    Saturday 3rd July @ 11:00am
    Location: Brede

    Seven glorious and fascinating gardens in and near Stubb Lane, Brede, opening for charity. Some with outstanding views of the ... more

  • Detail & Design by Jenny Bush

    Wednesday 7th July for 13 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    An exhibition of mixed media studies of nature and pattern in miniature. Sussex artist Jenny Bush works with a range ... more

  • Nature Meets Art

    Wednesday 21st July for 13 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    WHEN NATURE MEETS ART, DRIFTWOOD AND ABSTRACT/GRAFFITI Judi’s love of art developed from a young age and found an outlet ... more

  • Tuesday Painters Club of Rye

    Friday 13th August for 10 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    ART EXHIBITION of members' work Open daily 10.00a.m. - 5.30p.m. From Friday13th to Sunday 22nd August Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour, Pen ... more

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