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Mainly Georgian, this is the atmospheric county town of East Sussex and lies on the banks of the River Ouse in the South Downs.

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.

Ruins of the Priory of St. Pancras - Photo © Simon Carey
Ruins of the Priory of St. Pancras -
Photo: Simon Carey CCL

Townsfolk turn out in force each November for torchlight processions and a fireworks display held in memory of martyred Protestants.