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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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  • Jazz Supper at the Mermaid

    Thursday 30th March
    Location: Rye

    For well over 40 years bass player David Silk has been running and hosting an exciting array of unique jazz-based ... more

  • Dinner Evening - Italy North to South

    Thursday 30th March
    Location: Peasmarsh

    The 2nd wine dinner will explore Italian wines from North to South. 3 courses, 4 wines. £45 . Horse and ... more

  • Jazz Supper at The Mermaid

    Thursday 30th March
    Location: Rye

    For well over 40 years bass player David Silk has been running and hosting an exciting array of unique jazz-based ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 31st March @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market will be open every Friday from 10th March - 15th December. We sell Cakes, Savouries, Preserves, Free ... more

  • Cool Jazz Blues

    Friday 31st March
    Location: Rye

    Cool Jazz & Blues at the Grapevine. The Grapevine Rye, 1 Conduit Hill Rye, TN31 7LE ... more

  • Great Dixter Plant Fair

    Saturday 1st April for 2 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Plant nurseries from the UK, Scotland and France will be selling and talking plants. Dogs and children free. Home made ... more

  • Gong Gathering/ Sound Bath

    Saturday 1st April
    Location: Playden

    Come and bathe in the Sounds and Vibrations of seven sacred healing Gongs and other instruments…. £12 inc tea and ... more

  • Middle Eastern Pop Up Restaurant

    Saturday 1st April @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Rye’s first and only Middle Eastern pop up restaurant, Zephyr, is back on Saturday 1st April, this time at White ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 7th April @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market will be open every Friday from 10th March - 15th December. We sell Cakes, Savouries, Preserves, Free ... more

  • Murder Mystery Evening

    Friday 7th April
    Location: Rye

    An evening of Murder and Mystery at to The Tudor Room, The Mermaid Inn. Proceeds from the evening are for ... more

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