A peaceful, mainly
Georgian village, Winchelsea nestles on the
East Sussex coast near Rye.
It was originally one of the Cinque Ports but was virtually destroyed by a great storm in the latter part of the 13th century.
When it was rebuilt to exploit the French wine trade by Edward I, it was designed using a novel grid system which survives today – an early example of modern town planning.
A pebble beach away from the town draws the crowds while a restored 14th century Court Hall houses a local museum.
Nearby, an 18th century windmill has been beautifully restored.