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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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  • Guided Walk of Rye

    Friday 19th April
    Location: Rye

    A two-hour guided walk around Rye including a visit to the Town Hall and its secret attic museum containing the ... more

  • Elm Tree Boot Sale

    Sunday 21st April
    Location: Icklesham

    Elm Tree Boot Sale - first of the season just off A259. ... more

  • Guided Walk of Rye

    Sunday 21st April
    Location: Rye

    A two-hour guided walk around Rye including a visit to the Town Hall and its secret attic museum containing the ... more

  • Shakespeare & Love

    Sunday 21st April
    Location: Rye

    Shakespeare performance company Bowler Crab will be returning to the 600 year old Mermaid Inn in Rye to present their ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 22nd April @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fair - Jempson’s Superstore, Peasmarsh. Hard-standing pitch from £5 (donated to Rye Wildflower Meadow Project) gates ... more

  • Guided Walk of Rye

    Monday 22nd April
    Location: Rye

    A two-hour guided walk around Rye including a visit to the Town Hall and its secret attic museum containing the ... more

  • Jackie Summerfield, Paddy Boyle and Rob Staermose

    Wednesday 24th April for 13 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    Exhibiting for the first time at Red Door: Jackie Summerfield lives and works in Hastings producing original handcrafted works made ... more

  • Guided Walk of Rye

    Thursday 25th April
    Location: Rye

    A two-hour guided walk around Rye including a visit to the Town Hall and its secret attic museum containing the ... more

  • Sisters of Swing

    Thursday 25th April
    Location: Rye

    An evening of outstanding live music and dining, featuring multi-instrumentalist Phil Brown who plays not just piano but also saxophone ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 26th April @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Local Produce, Cakes, Jams, Crafts and more. ... more

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