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Winchelsea

Winchelsea Beach ~ Tide out

Winchelsea Review

Like Rye, Winchelsea perches prettily atop its own small hill amid rolling farmland. Look for the splendid (though damaged) church built in the 14th century with stone from Normandy. Winchelsea was built on a grid system devised in 1283. This was once a walled town, and some original town gates still stand. Beneath the narrow streets are at least 56 medieval cellars; a few are accessible by guided tour (£5) on various dates from April to October. The tour, which is run by somewhat overenthusiastic volunteers, is interesting but long. See the town website, email tours@winchelsea.net, or call 01797 224446 for recorded information. The town is 2 miles southwest of Rye.

Updated: 05-27-2014

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