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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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  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 1st July @ 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

  • Tentertainment

    Friday 1st July @ 6:00pm
    Location: Tenterden

    Amazing acts - across 3 stages and 3 days. Please remember to drop money into the buckets and buy from ... more

  • Local Heroes

    Friday 1st July @ 9:30pm
    Location: Rye

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

  • An Introduction to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve... P

    Saturday 2nd July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    In this third and final walk of the series, Barry Yates, the nature reserve’s manager, will explore the southwest part ... more

  • Tentertainment

    Saturday 2nd July @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Amazing acts - across 3 stages and 3 days. Please remember to drop money into the buckets and buy from ... more

  • Grand Monthly Jumble

    Saturday 2nd July @ 10:30am
    Location: Rye

    Grand Jumble Sale in aid of ARRCC on the first Saturday of every month starting 7th May 2016. The Warehouse ... more

  • Under Winchelsea cellar tours

    Saturday 2nd July @ 2:00pm
    Location: Winchelsea

    Winchelsea boasts over 50 medieval cellars, a number rivalled only in Bristol, Southampton and Norwich. They were all built between ... more

  • Under the Mulberry Tree

    Saturday 2nd July @ 5:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Readings from E F Benson, Rudyard Kipling and others by Richard Crowest, writer and broadcaster. In the garden. Doors open ... more

  • Rockitmen at Tentertainment

    Saturday 2nd July
    Location: Tenterden

    The Rockitmen are pleased to announce they are back performing at Tentertainment this year after their amazing finale last year. ... more

  • Binoculars and Beyond

    Sunday 3rd July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    A short course for beginner birdwatchers, learning to identify some of our common waders, gulls and terns that nest here. ... more

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