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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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  • Creating with Clay

    Saturday 4th April @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Come and sample the joys of creating with clay. During this 1 day workshop you will be guided through the ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 13th April @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fair. Hard-standing pitch from £5 (donated to Rye & District Community Transport). Gates open at 7am. ... more

  • Kent Police Male Voice Choir

    Saturday 25th April
    Location: Northiam

    FOSM is delighted to welcome the Kent Police Male Voice Choir who will perform in St Mary’s Church on Saturday ... more

  • Vinehall International Classical Concert Series

    Saturday 2nd May
    Location: John's Cross

    VINEHALL INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL CONCERT SERIES 31st SEASON 2019 -20 INGRID FLITER (piano) Saturday May 2nd 2020 at 7.30 p.m. Programme ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 25th May @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fair. Hard-standing pitch from £5 (donated to Rye Hospital). Gates open at 7am. Free admission & ... more

  • Vinehall International Classical Concert Series

    Saturday 6th June
    Location: John's Cross

    VINEHALL INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL CONCERT SERIES 31st SEASON 2019-20 BENNEWITZ STRING QUARTET FINGHIN COLLINS (Piano) Saturday June 6th 2020 at 7.30 ... more

  • Tuesday Painters Art Club of Rye Annual Exhibition

    Friday 14th August for 10 days @ 2:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Annual Exhibition of members' work. Friday, 14th Aug. 2020 from 2.30-5.30 then daily 10.00-5.30 until and including Sunday, 23rd August ... more

  • Gabrielle

    Friday 28th August
    Location: Rye

    A unique and intimate concert with the highly acclaimed multi award-winning British singer Gabrielle Gabrielle performs the opening headline concert ... more

  • Incognito

    Saturday 29th August
    Location: Rye

    The festival proudly present one of the most iconic British jazz funk bands, Incognito. You can expect to hear irresistible ... more

  • China Moses

    Sunday 30th August
    Location: Rye

    We proudly present one of the most electrifying live performers on the international music scene. China Moses is a high ... more

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