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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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  • Shakespeare and Me

    Sunday 23rd September
    Location: Rye

    Martin Wimbush takes us on a personal journey, where he rediscovers the parts he’s played in Shakespeare and explores the ... more

  • City of London Choir

    Sunday 23rd September
    Location: Rye

    Founded in 1963, City of London Choir has enjoyed the direction of just two dedicated conductors: founder Donald Cashmore for ... more

  • Autumn Wildlife Walk 24/9 at Rye Harbour Nature Re

    Monday 24th September
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Join Barry for a two mile circular walk around part of this beautiful nature reserve looking at wildlife, history and ... more

  • Winchelsea Cellars Tour

    Monday 24th September
    Location: Winchelsea

    Fascinating tours led by expert local guides,into some of Winchelsea’s original 13th Century cellars, which are normally closed to the ... more

  • Buck Brass Trio

    Monday 24th September
    Location: Iden

    One of the leading young brass ensembles in the UK, the trio was formed in 2012 by graduates from London’s ... more

  • Black Narcissus

    Monday 24th September
    Location: Rye

    Fifty years after Rumer Godden became the tenant of Lamb House in Rye, we screen Powell & Pressburger’s melodramatic movie ... more

  • 50 Not Out – The Six Sixes Revisited

    Monday 24th September
    Location: Rye

    50 years ago Garry Sobers hit an historic 36 runs off six deliveries, thus conquering cricket’s Everest. In 2006, “the ... more

  • Rye Harbour Nature Reserve - What's So Special

    Tuesday 25th September
    Location: Rye

    The nature reserve at Rye Harbour is special for wildlife, with more than 4,000 species including about 300 that are ... more

  • Not About Heroes

    Tuesday 25th September
    Location: Rye

    Flying Bridge Theatre Co. & Seabright Productions Directed by Tim Baker Stephen MacDonald’s highly acclaimed Fringe First winning play about ... more

  • Winchelsea Cellars Tour

    Wednesday 26th September
    Location: Winchelsea

    Fascinating tours led by expert local guides,into some of Winchelsea’s original 13th Century cellars, which are normally closed to the ... more

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