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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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  • Bridge and Afternoon Tea

    Monday 19th November
    Location: Udimore

    At Udimore Community Hall, Udimore. TN31 6BB. (Please bring table, cards, pencils and cloth) £44 per table – please e ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 23rd November @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

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

  • Jazz in the Village

    Friday 23rd November
    Location: Pett

    An evening of high quality, sophisticated, melodic jazz with the emphasis on improvisation with Ian Millar – saxophone and Dominic ... more

  • Kate Iles

    Saturday 24th November for 51 days
    Location: Rye

    A little show for Christmas. Peek behind the curtain, where you will spy Kate’s magical illuminated picture boxes and feel ... more

  • Udimore Christmas Fayre

    Saturday 24th November @ 10:30am
    Location: Udimore

    Come and meet Father Christmas and his reindeer at the Udimore Christmas Fayre. St Mary's Community Hall, Udimore, Rye, TN31 ... more

  • Father Christmas' Grotto

    Saturday 24th November for 2 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Visit Father Christmas in his elf-built grotto every weekend from 24th November until 23rd December. ... more

  • Beginners Birds - Winter Waders

    Saturday 24th November @ 1:00pm
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Get to grips with those tricky winter waders with this short course for beginner birdwatchers. Binoculars and field guides available ... more

  • Christmas Craft Fayre

    Sunday 25th November @ 11:00am
    Location: Winchelsea Beach

    Lovely hand-crafted Christmas goods and ideas. Cards, jewellery, screen printing, and lots of other stalls. Refreshments, including tea, coffee, and ... more

  • Jazz Supper feat. gypsy violinist Peter Sellars

    Thursday 29th November @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Charismatic violinist Peter Sellars joins the Annie Dehaney Steven Trio for our Jazz Supper this month. In the 60 years ... more

  • Christmas Try and Buy

    Friday 30th November
    Location: East Guldeford

    Salts Farm Shop is holding a Christmas Try & Buy Event: meet some of our local suppliers and sample their ... more

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