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A bit about Winchelsea & Fairlight

Winchelsea is a small town in the county of East Sussex, 2 miles south west of Rye and 7 miles north east of Hastings, with a population of 600 (2011 Census).

Once a major hub for the medieval wine trade, Winchelsea holds he status of being the smallest town in England to have its own mayor.

Founded in 1288, Winchelsea stands on the site of a medieval town, replacing an earlier town of the same name, Old Winchelsea, which was lost to coastal erosion. Winchelsea is part of the civil parish of Icklesham.

In the 1260s, Old Winchelsea may have had over 700 houses, two churches and 50 inns and taverns prior to when the South England flood of February 1287 destroyed the town.

Winchelsea retains its medieval setting on a hill surrounded by largely empty marsh. It also retains three of the four town gates and several original buildings, including the Parish Church, which is dedicated to St Thomas the Martyr. St Thomas C of E Primary school is also the only school in the town.

Notable residents of Winchelsea include comedian and writer Spike Milligan who is buried in the Churchyard of St Thomas, actress Ellen Terry and artist and printmaker Eric Slater.

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