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Northiam in East Sussex

Northiam has everything expected of a village rich in history- old cottages, fine houses, even a parish-pump on the green. From the restored railway station you can take an exciting ride on the steam train along the Rother Valley either to Tenterden or Bodiam. Alternatively, travel by an enchanting pleasure-boat on the Rother from Northiam to Bodiam.

The fine Church of St Mary's, dating from 1090, houses the Pony and Hand Hearse made for the 1887 Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

Near the church a time-battered Oak stands on the Village Green at the spot where Queen Elizabeth stopped on her way to Rye and enjoyed a meal made by George Bishop and family from Hayes Farm. The Virgin Queen left behind in Northiam a lasting memento of Her visit-namely a pair of green damask shoes. In May 1944 four Prime Ministers gathered on the playing fields for a final inspection of the troops of Southern Command before D Day. Their names are recorded on the gates erected by the parish to Commemorate the visit.

The St Francis Hospital for animals flourishes in Northiam on land given by Miss Kitty Comport to the Sussex Blue Cross.

The gardens of the Tudor house Great Dixter have been made famous by Christopher Lloyd, author and television gardener. Great Dixter was bought in 1910 by Nathaniel Lloyd, author of books on brickwork and topiary and restored by Edwin Lutyens. Nathaniel designed the framework of the garden which Christopher Lloyd has made world-renowned with his planting designs.

Another Fine property is Brickwall House originally the home of The Frewen Family. Open to the public on certain days, it is now a College with fine pictures and extensive gardens.

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  • The Carry on Boys

    Sunday 24th July
    Location: Icklesham

    Acoustic folk, blues, country, jazz, ska and original songs. '... les trois anglais sont magnifiques ...' 'a dashed fine afternoon ... more

  • Summer Extravaganza

    Wednesday 27th July @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Kick off the school summer holidays with Tenterden Garden Centre! Affordable family fun with free parking and free entry. What ... more

  • Junior Fun Day

    Thursday 28th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Itinerary and Competitions 10am - Meet, greet and warm up 10:30am - Perfect Pitching 11am - Deadly Driving 11:30am - ... more

  • Jazz Supper

    Thursday 28th July @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    The Mardi Gras Jazz Band make a welcome return to The Mermaid for another great evening of swinging jazz that ... more

  • The Merry Wives of Windsor

    Thursday 28th July for 3 days
    Location: Small Hythe

    The Summer Theatre Company with the National Trust present William Shakespeare's rollicking comedy. Grounds open 6pm for picnics. Tickets £12 ... more

  • Flower Festival

    Friday 29th July for 3 days
    Location: Ewhurst Green

    Flower Festival to celebrate the patron Saint, James the Great. He is the patron saint of Spain and one of ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 29th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market sells local produce which includes: Cakes, Preserves, Savouries, Free Range Eggs, Seasonal Vegetables and Fruit, Unusual Plants, ... more

  • Festival of Flowers and Concert

    Friday 29th July for 3 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Ewhurst Green

    Festival of Flowers (Fri 29 July - Sun 31 July 10.30am-4.30pm) and Concert on Sat 30 July 7.30pm On Sat ... more

  • Slam

    Friday 29th July @ 9:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Slam playing at Wipers. Please check website for updates as music listing may be subject to change. ... more

  • Highbury Hall Book Fair

    Saturday 30th July @ 9:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Lots of dealers, thousands of books. Café. Free entry. Proceeds in aid of Tenterden Youth Club. ... more

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