Alciston in East Sussex is a small village which lies on the edge of the South Downs in
East Sussex in Southern England . It lies just off the main A27 Eastbourne
to Lewes road, and seems to be from a bygone age with its many thatched
roof houses, and its ancient farm and church.
A chalk built church was founded before the Norman invasion, and evidence
of this building was found recently during excavations under the East window.
Alciston has the remains of a 14th century monastry which was owned by
the Abbey at Battle . The dovecote from the monastry has been restored,
and there is a 170ft long tithe barn, which has a roof containing
50,000 tiles. The area was probably a retreat for the monks from
Battle Abbey similar to that in nearby Lullington .
At the Dissolution of the Monastries the land was given to Sir John Gage
from nearby West Firle in return for a provision of armed horsemen for
the King .
The area reverted to farming once the monks had left, and has remained
this way throughout the centuries and is still its main business.
|This small village is dominated by the South Downs , as it lies in a valley
cut into the hills. It can only be driven into by a single width road, which
also provides the exit.|
The church lying on own its small hillock surrounded by flint walls, and
the ancient farm nearby provide a beautiful scene , and could easily be
from a bygone era.
The village seems to have more than its fair share of thatched cottages,
with quite a number visible from the road.
|The village has few services, but there is a public house within its street.|
Trains can be caught at Berwick Station about 2 miles to the East, these
provide regular services along the coast.
The main shopping centre of Lewes lies about 5 miles to the west, and that
of Eastbourne , about 6 miles east.
|Alciston is shown as the red symbol on the map.|
(click on symbol to see the village page)
||(Smuggling and Ghosts)||1.78 miles|
||(Peaceful Saxon Village)||2.74 miles|
||(At the base of Mount Caburn)||4.05 miles|
||(Sharpen your arrows on the Church)||0.82 miles|
||(Largest Tide-Mill in Sussex)||3.45 miles|
||(The miniature church)||2.65 miles|
||(Earl Godwins Manor)||3.86 miles|
||(Mutiny and the Edge of Space)||3.87 miles|
||(Alfred the Great's Naval Base?)||3.84 miles|
||(Teasles and Badgers)||3.41 miles|
||(Home of English Opera)||3.69 miles|
||(Ropes and Napoleon)||5.78 miles|
||(Smugglers and Churchill Tanks)||4.39 miles|
||(Secret marriage of George IV)||2.86 miles|
||(destroyed by Cromwell ??)||2.20 miles|
||(Fine old Tower Mill)||4.77 miles|
||(Earl Harolds estate)||2.85 miles|
||(The cormorants or shags)||4.21 miles|
||(Tomb to store the Contraband)||1.04 miles|
||(The Chest from the Spanish Armarda)||4.12 miles|
||(The Long Man)||2.59 miles|
||(Home of the Greengage)||2.39 miles|