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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 Business Jet Engine ® with Martin Riley

    Thursday 21st March @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    The simplest guide to boost your business. Business planning made simple! About the Event Objectives: The workshop will enable delegates ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 22nd March @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

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

  • The Consent of Speaking Harmony

    Saturday 23rd March
    Location: Winchelsea

    Hannah Ely & Emma Kirkby - sopranos Catherine Carter - alto Daniel Thomson - tenor Laurence Williams - bass Sam ... more

  • The Gaze

    Tuesday 26th March for 30 days
    Location: Rye

    Stormont Studio Gallery 6. FREE ADMISSION Paintings, etchings and drawings representing the nude are drawn from our Permanent Collections: Artists' ... more

  • Scratch, Splash & Sliver

    Wednesday 27th March for 13 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    Three women who love their art bring a fascinating mixture of styles, media and colour to Red Door Gallery, as ... more

  • Jazz Supper at The Mermaid

    Thursday 28th March
    Location: Rye

    Our regular monthly sessions continue with an evening of outstanding live music, drinks and dining, with a superb line-up of ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 29th March @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

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

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show film

    Friday 29th March @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Sing a Long cabaret screening of the original film. Ticket £10 includes supper (Frankfurter hot dogs, nibbles + black forest ... more

  • Craft Fayre

    Saturday 30th March @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Bonfire Society's next CRAFT FAYRE will be held in Northiam Village Hall on Saturday 30th March 10am to 2pm. ... more

  • Tea with Messiah -The Occasional Consort

    Saturday 30th March
    Location: Rye

    The Occasional Consort - Leader Anne Whiteman, Organist Nigel Howard. Tickets: £10 to include refreshments (Scone,cake,tea) available from Adams of ... more

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