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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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What's On in Beckley?

  • Broad Oak Fire Fighters Grand Fete

    Sunday 24th July @ 1:00pm
    Location: Broad Oak

    Performances by Tenterden Lindy Hoppers, Pulse Circus Acrobatics and The Hastings Twirlers. BBQ, Bar, Cakes, Sweets, Raffle, Games, Table Sale, ... more

  • The Carry on Boys

    Sunday 24th July
    Location: Icklesham

    Acoustic folk, blues, country, jazz, ska and original songs. '... les trois anglais sont magnifiques ...' 'a dashed fine afternoon ... more

  • Marvellous Moths

    Wednesday 27th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Bring the family to learn about the moths that fly around the reserve at night and look at the moths ... more

  • Summer Extravaganza

    Wednesday 27th July @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Kick off the school summer holidays with Tenterden Garden Centre! Affordable family fun with free parking and free entry. What ... more

  • Junior Fun Day

    Thursday 28th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Itinerary and Competitions 10am - Meet, greet and warm up 10:30am - Perfect Pitching 11am - Deadly Driving 11:30am - ... more

  • Jazz Supper

    Thursday 28th July @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    The Mardi Gras Jazz Band make a welcome return to The Mermaid for another great evening of swinging jazz that ... more

  • The Merry Wives of Windsor

    Thursday 28th July for 3 days
    Location: Small Hythe

    The Summer Theatre Company with the National Trust present William Shakespeare's rollicking comedy. Grounds open 6pm for picnics. Tickets £12 ... more

  • Flower Festival

    Friday 29th July for 3 days
    Location: Ewhurst Green

    Flower Festival to celebrate the patron Saint, James the Great. He is the patron saint of Spain and one of ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 29th 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

  • Festival of Flowers and Concert

    Friday 29th July for 3 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Ewhurst Green

    Festival of Flowers (Fri 29 July - Sun 31 July 10.30am-4.30pm) and Concert on Sat 30 July 7.30pm On Sat ... more

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