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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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  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 21st September @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

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

  • Serial Killers

    Friday 21st September
    Location: Rye

    Paul Harrison - Paul was one of the first UK police officers to work closely with the FBI’s Behavioral Science ... more

  • Danny Driver

    Friday 21st September
    Location: Rye

    Audience responses around the world have cemented Danny Driver’s international reputation as a versatile and creative pianist of sophistication, interpretative ... more

  • Hotfoot Specials

    Friday 21st September
    Location: Rye

    Welcome return of arguably the UK’s most authentic Cajun band. The Hotfoot Specials offer joyous, accessible music from the Louisiana ... more

  • Recycle Swap Shop

    Saturday 22nd September
    Location: Rye

    Recycle Swap Shop at Tilling Green Community Centre, Mason Road, Rye -Doors open at 09:30, if you have stuff to ... more

  • Roland Penrose & the British Surrealists

    Saturday 22nd September
    Location: Rye

    An illustrated talk by Antony Penrose. After returning to London from Paris in 1936, Roland introduced Surrealism to an incredulous ... more

  • Craig Sams

    Saturday 22nd September
    Location: Rye

    Go for Gold By Being Green Founder of Green & Black’s and Carbon Gold biochar, Craig Sams is actively engaged ... more

  • Rye Old Scholar's Associaton

    Saturday 22nd September
    Location: Rye

    A reunion for all those who attended Rye Grammar School, Rye County Secondary Modern School and the Thomas Peacocke School ... more

  • Dervish

    Saturday 22nd September
    Location: Rye

    Traditional Irish folk band Dervish celebrate their 29th anniversarywith a welcome return to Rye Arts Festival. A sublime combination of ... more

  • Rye Wheelers Cycle Ride (Annual Rotary)

    Sunday 23rd September
    Location: Rye

    Annual Rotary sponsored Rye Wheelers Cycle Ride - further details to follow. ... more

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