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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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  • Classic and Custom Car Cruise

    Sunday 18th November
    Location: Rye

    A convoy of stunning classic and custom cars heads from Pontins to Rye on Sunday afternoon. The Mayor of Rye ... more

  • Bridge and Afternoon Tea

    Monday 19th November
    Location: Udimore

    At Udimore Community Hall, Udimore. TN31 6BB. (Please bring table, cards, pencils and cloth) £44 per table – please e ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 23rd November @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market will be open every Friday from 9th March - 14th December. We sell Cakes, Savouries, Preserves, Free ... more

  • Kate Iles

    Saturday 24th November for 51 days
    Location: Rye

    A little show for Christmas. Peek behind the curtain, where you will spy Kate’s magical illuminated picture boxes and feel ... more

  • Udimore Christmas Fayre

    Saturday 24th November @ 10:30am
    Location: Udimore

    Come and meet Father Christmas and his reindeer at the Udimore Christmas Fayre. St Mary's Community Hall, Udimore, Rye, TN31 ... more

  • Father Christmas' Grotto

    Saturday 24th November for 2 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Visit Father Christmas in his elf-built grotto every weekend from 24th November until 23rd December. ... more

  • Jazz Supper feat. gypsy violinist Peter Sellars

    Thursday 29th November @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Charismatic violinist Peter Sellars joins the Annie Dehaney Steven Trio for our Jazz Supper this month. In the 60 years ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 30th November @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market will be open every Friday from 9th March - 14th December. We sell Cakes, Savouries, Preserves, Free ... more

  • Santa Specials

    Saturday 1st December
    Location: Tenterden

    Come and meet Santa this Christmas at the Kent and East Sussex Railway on board our festively decorated steam trains! ... more

  • Father Christmas' Grotto

    Saturday 1st December for 2 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Visit Father Christmas in his elf-built grotto every weekend from 24th November until 23rd December. ... more

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