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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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  • Marvellous Moths

    Wednesday 26th 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 Crafts Seaside Theme

    Wednesday 26th July @ noon
    Location: Small Hythe

    Smallhythe Place is getting creative this summer with six weeks of themed craft sessions. Every Wednesday between 12-3pm children can ... more

  • Jazz Supper at The Mermaid

    Thursday 27th July @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    For well over 40 years bass player David Silk has been running and hosting an exciting array of unique jazz-based ... more

  • Wild Beach

    Friday 28th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Pett Level

    Celebrate Marine Week with some fabulous beach activities: rock pooling, kite-making and other fun stuff! Meet alongside the Smuggler Inn ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 28th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market will be open every Friday from 10th March - 15th December. We sell Cakes, Savouries, Preserves, Free ... more

  • Walk and Talk - A Guided Tour

    Saturday 29th July
    Location: Rye

    David Hopkins takes you on a historical tour of Rye - Tudor boom, bust and plague, 18th century smuggling, the ... more

  • Garden Party in aid of MS Trust

    Saturday 29th July @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    We are holding a garden party in the Mariners back Garden in aid of the MS Trust. Tea and coffee ... more

  • Garden Party

    Saturday 29th July @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    Garden Party at 15 High Street, Rye. Raffle, tombola, book stall, Ryebellion Drummers, Rye Ukulele Experiment, Rye Dance Centre and ... more

  • Wine Expert to Visit Tesco in Tenterden

    Saturday 29th July @ noon
    Location: Tenterden

    Celebrity wine writer and expert Julie Arkell, is set to raise a toast with customers at the Tesco store in ... more

  • Winchelsea Secret Gardens

    Saturday 29th July @ 2:00pm
    Location: Winchelsea

    Winchelsea Secret Gardens in aid of ARRCC (Arts Health Well Being) Homemade cakes, tea, plant stall. ... more

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