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Beckley in East Sussex

Nestled in the rolling East Sussex countryside is the genteel village of Beckley.

Beckley has an incredibly rich historical tapestry. A central part of the Wealden/East Sussex iron industry, Beckley manufactured a range of iron-based goods including guns and cannons for almost 200 years, with production starting in 1578 and grinding to a halt in 1770.

Beckley also has a small claim to fame; the etymological origination for a type of fruit. Maria Ann Sherwood of neighbouring Peasmarsh, East Sussex, married Thomas Smith of Beckley in 1818. After immigrating to New South Wales in Australia in 1838, the couple was particularly adept at growing a certain type of seedling apple; what we come to know today as the "Granny Smith" variety.

Similar to much of rural East Sussex, Beckley's church (All Saints) is situated away from the main village; possibly down to relocation following the Black Death outbreak in the 14th century. The church itself is a temporal jumble, with a spire dating from the 11th century, a stunning 15th century stain glass window in the east of the building (Great East Window) and contains furnishings which are understood to be more than 800 years old.

Beckley has several cozy B&B's as well as the popular Rose & Crown pub to unwind in. Beckley is a fantastic choice for a fact-finding journey amongst the stunning East Sussex countryside.

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  • The Art of Translation

    Monday 25th September
    Location: Rye

    Foreign fiction is becoming ever more popular in the UK, from Scandinavian noir to South Korean surrealism – but the ... more

  • Gould Piano Trio with Alec Frank-Gemmill (horn)

    Monday 25th September
    Location: Rye

    The Gould Piano Trio has remained at the forefront of the international chamber music scene for well over 20 years. ... more

  • Amy

    Monday 25th September
    Location: Rye

    A moving and revealing Oscar-winning documentary about one of Britain’s finest singer/songwriters, Amy Winehouse, who died aged just 27. Tickets: ... more

  • Winchelsea Cellars Tour

    Tuesday 26th September
    Location: Winchelsea

    There will be seven similar tours over the two weeks of the Festival. The tours are led by expert local ... more

  • Faces from the Front

    Tuesday 26th September
    Location: Rye

    Faces from the Front explores the pioneering facial reconstruction undertaken on wounded servicemen by surgeon Sir Harold Gillies at the ... more

  • Alexander Sitkovetsky & Maxim Rysanov

    Tuesday 26th September
    Location: Iden

    Two of today’s finest and most charismatic string players join together in music specially written for the violin and viola. ... more

  • Sarah McQuaid

    Tuesday 26th September
    Location: Rye

    Born in Spain, raised in Chicago and now living in rural England, Sarah refuses to be pigeonholed, segueing easily from ... more

  • 1066: Why does it matter?

    Wednesday 27th September
    Location: Rye

    Dr Marc Morris is an expert on medieval monarchy and aristocracy, and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. In ... more

  • Piano Recital

    Wednesday 27th September
    Location: Rye

    The pianist Daniel Grimwood is a performer of international renown, combining an exceptional talent, rare versatility and refinement with an ... more

  • Winchelsea Cellars Tour

    Thursday 28th September
    Location: Winchelsea

    There will be seven similar tours over the two weeks of the Festival. The tours are led by expert local ... more

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