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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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  • Moths by Moonlight

    Sunday 22nd July @ 9:00pm
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Find out what arrives at our moth traps after dark! This event is weather dependent, so please phone on the ... more

  • The School of Wizards Adventure Quests

    Monday 23rd July for 40 days
    Location: Rye

    Unique family interactive and immersive quest shows. Ages 7 to adult. Monsters, Magic and Mystery. Using actors, puppets and storytelling, ... more

  • Ryebellion Drummers

    Monday 23rd July @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    We are the drumming group of the Rye & District Bonfire Society. We perform at events throughout the Sussex bonfire ... more

  • Wild Beach

    Tuesday 24th July @ 2:00pm
    Location: Pett Level

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

  • Outer Space Summer Family Fun Day

    Wednesday 25th July @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Come and join us for a family fun day that is sure to be out of this world! Activities Include: ... more

  • Jazz and Blues Supper with Martin McNeill

    Thursday 26th July @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Critically-acclaimed Martin McNeill is a traditional blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player whose repertoire is based in Delta and Chicago ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 27th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market will be open every Friday from 9th March - 14th December. We sell Cakes, Savouries, Preserves, Free ... more

  • Iden Village Fete

    Saturday 28th July
    Location: Iden

    A typical country village fete complete with boot fair, burgers, bands, and stalls with bargains. The ‘show rings’ include many ... more

  • Rye College G.C.S.E Show

    Saturday 28th July for 29 days
    Location: Rye

    This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to see the art projects from the G.C.S.E pupils of Rye College. Dynamic and ... more

  • Winchelsea Cellar Tours

    Saturday 28th July
    Location: Winchelsea

    Each year a team of volunteers run guided tours of the town’s medieval cellars. All proceeds received (£6 per person) ... more

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