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The Surrounding Area


Lying beside the River Cuckmere, in a valley cradled on both sides by the South Downs, Alfriston is one of the most picturesque of our ancient villages. During the Middle Ages it was a thriving market community, but by the 19th century its reputation had been marred by the trade of smuggling. The Old Market Cross Inn  was originally the home of Stanton Collins, leader of the Alfriston Gang who was later transported to the penal colony of Australia. Its 14th century church has been called the Cathedral of the Downs, while nearby the Old Clergy House has the distinction of being the first property owned by the National Trust.  (3.23 mintes)

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                     Beachy Head

Hang Gliding at Beachy Head  (2.25 mins)

In recent years, the mound of earth that once housed the RAF radar station at Beachy Head has been transformed into a landing and take-off point for the sport of Hang Gliding.

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Discovering the South Downs  (1.14 minutes)

Beachy head is featured in this delightful tour of the South Downs. The Downs stretch 100 miles through two counties linking Beachy Head with the ancient capital of England, Winchester. It's a downland praised by many writers, attracting visitors from all over the world. This is a unique piece of English history, for all along the rolling downland ancient man left his mark, distinct features on the landscape. This is a short trailer  of Discovering the South Downs the 57 minute documentary that can be obtained from Eastbourne Live and other outlets, including the Beachy Head Centre.  DVD £10.99.
Above photograph : The South Downs at the River Cuckmere

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Discovering the Sussex Coast (55 secs.)

Beachy Head and Eastbourne are featured inDiscoveringthe Sussex Coast, which takes the viewer on an excursion from Rye down to Emsworth on the Hampshire border. This Sussex coastline of shingle beaches, chalk cliffs, river estuaries and marshland are all part of a wider tapestry of English history from the Roman invasion in AD43 to Britain's front line in the Second World War. The artefacts of these centuries still remain making the sea coast a fascinating attraction. This is a tailor to the 54 minute documentary, available on DVD £10.99. from Eastbourne Live and other outlets including the Beachy Head Countryside Centre. Photograph above : The remains of Hasting's  harbour

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East Dean

Parson Darby  (2.15 mins)

Three hundred years ago in 1705, Parson Jonathan Darby, Rector of East Dean died from the effects of a long, self-imposed vigil in stormy weather, warning ships of the treacherous inshore waters of Beachy Head. What he created was the first warning light, its role later taken over by Belle Tout and later Beachy Head lighthouse.

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East Dean Church  (in Sound Only)

A tour of this ancient  church and its history, recorded in 1979.

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Jevington Village (4.55 minutes)

Jevington lies in a fold in the South Downs, a village made famous for its horse racing stables. In the centre of the village stands the Eight Bells Inn, today a popular place for locals and tourists alike, but in 1799 it was owned by a notorious smuggler who was later transported to the penal colony of Australia. 

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Litlington Village (1.54 mins)

Lullington Church  (56 secs)

Within the parish of Alfriston stands Lullington Church, it is said to be the smallest in Sussex, measuring just sixteen square feet and  having seating capacity for only twenty people.

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Pevensey Flower Festival 2008 (1.29 mins)

Pevensey Parish Church celebrated its 100th annual Flower Festival on Saturday, 23rd August 2008.

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Pevensey Castle  (1.52 mins)

The Romans built the fortress around 250AD as an anchorage for their ships and to protect the nearby city of Anderida, which gave the castle its name. In AD491, the fortress fell before the onslaught of the Saxon warlord, Aelle and everyone within was slaughtered. In 1066, William camped briefly within the walls on his way to the fateful Battle of Hastings. After the Conquest, a Norman castle was built within the walls and was besieged three times, first by William Rufus, Stephen and then Simon de Montford and gallantly defended by Lady Joan Pelham.

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Polegate  (1.53 mins)

Polegate grew into a commuter town with the arrival of the railway in the 19th century; prior to that it was the inns such as the Horse and Groom which welcomed the stage coaches. One of Polegate's best loved attractions is an old windmill built in 1817.

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Out of the Ordinary Festival  (31.15 mins)

The Peace Circle at Knockhatch Park between Hailsham and  Wilmington, was the venue for the second annual three-day Out Of The Ordindary Festival held from the 12th - 14th September 2008. Eastbourne Live TV was there to capture the event.

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Winter Solstice (10.44 mins)

A number of people braved the cold December chill to celebrate the Winter Solstice at a newly created Peace Circle half way between Wilmington and Hailsham at Knockhatch Park.

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Wilmington (3.04 mins)

It is said that the 1,600 year old yew tree in the churchyard was planted over the grave of a Saxon chief. The church was built in Norman times and during the 13th century became part of the adjacent Benedictine priory.  The village itself is timeless, a mixture of centuries each blending in perfect harmony.

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Right hand Photograph - This is the original butterfly window destroyed  when the church caught fire some years ago.

The Long Man of Wilmington

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The origin of the extraordinary ancient figure on Windover Hill is lost in the mystery of time. Many believe it to be a fertility God with hands outstretched opening up doors to another domain. Even today it is a site of pilgrimage when pagans ritually celebrate the changing seasons of the year.

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Mitchelham Priory  (in Sound Only)

A historical tour of this ancient priory recorded in 1977.

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