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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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  • Jazz Supper

    Thursday 27th June
    Location: Rye

    Swing, bossa nova and easy-listening tunes from innovative bassist David Silk, multi-instrumentalist Phil Brown who plays not just saxophone but ... more

  • Rye Country Market

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

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

  • Crafts by the Rails

    Saturday 29th June for 2 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Weald Crafts and K&ESR are hosting a Fair at Tenterden Town Station, displaying various hand-made items by local crafts people ... more

  • Jenny Bush 'An Eye for Detail'

    Wednesday 3rd July for 13 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    Red Door is delighted to welcome Jenny Bush for her show entitled 'An Eye for Detail' where she interprets flora, ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 5th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

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

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Thursday 11th July for 2 days
    Location: Rye

    Five years after Bowler Crab’s 2013 debut feature production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, they return to this classic, magical ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 12th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

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

  • Quiz Night

    Saturday 13th July @ 7:00pm
    Location: Winchelsea Beach

    Quiz Night Doors open 6.45 pm for 7.30 prompt start At Winchelsea Beach Community Hall, Sea Road, Winchelsea Beach TN36 ... more

  • Climate Change: Heading for Extinction

    Monday 15th July @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    In this public talk, local members of Extinction Rebellion will share the latest climate science on where our planet is ... more

  • Ikarus Inc

    Wednesday 17th July @ 7:30am
    Location: Sandhurst

    Open air theatre coming to Sandhurst Playing Fields on Wednesday 17 July with a play set in the 1950s in ... more

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