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Winchelsea Town Information

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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.

Winchelsea Beach - Photo © Roger G Nash
Winchelsea Beach - Photo: Roger G Nash CCL

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.