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Herstmonceux Town Information

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Herstmonceux Castle - Photo © Janine Forbes
Herstmonceux Castle - Photo: Janine Forbes CCL

A number of local craftsmen in this old East Sussex village are continuing the age-old tradition of making trugs - baskets made from willow set in wooden frames.

Herstmonceux Castle is a 15th century fortified manor house and one of the earliest brick buildings in the country.

At one time it was the home of the Royal Greenwich Observatory, which was literally forced to quit the bright lights of London because of its bright lights.

It is now home to the Observatory Science Centre and the Herstmonceux Medieval Festival.

The castle is overlooked by the 12th century All Saints Church.