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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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  • Arts Society Online Lecture

    Monday 17th May
    Location: Sedlescombe

    A history of England's architecture in 10 great buildings - The Arts Society Rother Valley monthly lectures on Fine Arts ... more

  • A Schubertiade: The Seasons in Song

    Friday 21st May
    Location: Rye

    Anna Cavaliero is one of the brightest up-and-coming soprano stars around: a former student of Barbara Bonney, with numerous prizes ... more

  • Hawkhurst Tennis Club Open Day

    Sunday 23rd May @ 9:00am
    Location: Hawkhurst

    Join Us Have fun and get fit! An opportunity to try us out for free and see what we have ... more

  • Northiam Garden Safari

    Sunday 23rd May @ 11:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Five lovely private gardens open, some for the first time. Tickets from the Church Centre £5 (children free). Please note ... more

  • Light Fantastic

    Wednesday 26th May for 13 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    An exhibition of vibrant watercolours full of atmosphere and light by Andrew Blyth. Andrew is a renowned local artist who ... more

  • Driftwood Journeys

    Wednesday 9th June for 13 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    South East Open Studios (SEOS) 2021 present an exhibition of driftwood sculpture and other sea-inspired art by Tina Kaul. Now ... more

  • My Mind's Eye - a journey by Maggie Lloyd

    Wednesday 23rd June for 13 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    A portfolio of Maggie Lloyd's work of portraits and landscapes in pastel, oil and other media. There are many aspects ... more

  • Tuesday Painters Club of Rye

    Friday 13th August for 10 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    ART EXHIBITION of members' work Open daily 10.00a.m. - 5.30p.m. From Friday13th to Sunday 22nd August Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour, Pen ... more

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