Mainly Georgian, this is
the atmospheric county town of East Sussex and
lies on the banks of the River Ouse in the
Settled by the Saxons, it has a ruined 12th century castle whose keep dominates the area.
It was the scene of a key battle in the early 13th century when Henry III was defeated by rebellious barons led by Simon de Montfort.
Townsfolk turn out in force each November for torchlight processions and a fireworks display held in memory of martyred Protestants.