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Icklesham

Icklesham in East Sussex

Icklesham village is located approximately six miles east of Hastings on the A259, Hastings to Rye Road. The village has several public houses. The church is dedicated to All Saints and St Nicolas and dates back to the 12th century.

Icklesham stands on the ridge between the coast and river Brede, offering views to the hills at Fairlight to the south and the Brede valley on the other side. The name Icklesham (which was possibly derived from Anglo Saxon – Iclingas Ham the home of the Iclas family) was recorded in 772 as Icoleshamme, in a land charter signed by Offa, King of Mercia. The village was probably a prime target during the invasion by the Normans in 1066 as in earlier times it dominated the river Brede. This strategic importance led, some seven hundred years later to evacuation plans being drawn up in case of invasion by Napoleon.

There is an old smock windmill on Hogs Hill which has been restored and used as a recording studio by Sir Paul McCartney. The 1066 walk (which runs from Pevensey to Rye via Battle) goes through the village.

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  • Craig Sams

    Saturday 22nd September
    Location: Rye

    Go for Gold By Being Green Founder of Green & Black’s and Carbon Gold biochar, Craig Sams is actively engaged ... more

  • Rye Old Scholar's Associaton

    Saturday 22nd September
    Location: Rye

    A reunion for all those who attended Rye Grammar School, Rye County Secondary Modern School and the Thomas Peacocke School ... more

  • Dervish

    Saturday 22nd September
    Location: Rye

    Traditional Irish folk band Dervish celebrate their 29th anniversarywith a welcome return to Rye Arts Festival. A sublime combination of ... more

  • Rye Wheelers Cycle Ride (Annual Rotary)

    Sunday 23rd September
    Location: Rye

    Annual Rotary sponsored Rye Wheelers Cycle Ride - further details to follow. ... more

  • Walk with a Warden

    Sunday 23rd September @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    A guided walk with one of our experienced wardens. September is a good time to spot lots of birds as ... more

  • 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

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