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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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  • A Walk Around Historic Rye

    Tuesday 27th September
    Location: Rye

    A walk around Rye, focusing on its medieval and Tudor heritage, is led by local historian and former Mayor of ... more

  • In the Steps of Exceptional Women - talk by Jane G

    Tuesday 27th September @ 3:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Jane Fawcett looks at the women's movement with a focus on the Fawcett Society which can trace its origins back ... more

  • An Enchanted Evening - Concert

    Tuesday 27th September @ 7:30pm
    Location: Iden

    Local sisters, and professional singers, Harriet Jones (soprano) and Caroline Jones (alto) are joined by Greg Tassell (tenor) and Rupert ... more

  • Stop the Clocks - Joan Bakewell

    Wednesday 28th September @ 3:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Baroness Bakewell is still as busy as ever in her 82nd year, broadcasting on the radio and TV. In this ... more

  • The Italian Job - La Serenissima

    Wednesday 28th September @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    A fabulous evening of Italian baroque music from the English masters of the genre - La Serenissima. You will be ... more

  • Smugglers' Tales Supper

    Wednesday 28th September
    Location: Rye

    The Mermaid Inn in the 1730s and 1740s was a centre of activity for the infamous smugglers - "The Hawkhurst ... more

  • A Walk Around Historic Rye

    Thursday 29th September
    Location: Rye

    A walk around Rye, focusing on its medieval and Tudor heritage, is led by local historian and former Mayor of ... more

  • Murder in a Seaside Town - Thomas Mogford

    Thursday 29th September @ 3:00pm
    Location: Rye

    The author Thomas Mogford talks about his series of crime novels set around the Mediterranean basin all featuring his Gibraltarian ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 30th September @ 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

  • A Celebration of Harvest

    Friday 30th September for 3 days
    Location: Northiam

    A weekend of celebration with St Mary's Church decorated with flowers and harvest produce, with refreshments and produce on sale. ... more

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