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Guestling in East Sussex

Google map showing area surrounding Guestling
(Changing guards at Buckingham Palace)
Location: 50.902495,0.630948
General Details

A thatched cottage.

Guestling in East Sussex lies 3 miles north east of Hastings on the A259.

Gestlinges is one of the three villages mentioned in the Domesday book as being part of the rape of Gestlinges, also including Luet( Modern Pett ) and Ramslie( a large manor including Fairlight ) The village has no proper centre,and its ancient church stands beside a farm down a side road.

The church of St Laurence was founded in Saxon times, its towers, pierced with tiny round-headed windows, must have been built after the Norman Conquest. Between the north aisle and the chapel that leads out of it, is an architectural rarity - an ornate Transitional arch - making the transition from Norman to early-English style.

From the churchyard there are wide-ranging views, south to Fairlight church, and east to the restored smock mill at Icklesham .

The Main Court for the Western towns in the Cinque Ports was held at Guestling .

Hand made bricks are made in fourteen acre lane. The Guestling bricks are in great demand for restoring Churches and other old buildings.

Customers have included Camber Castle, Hampton Court and Buckingham Palace.

One of England's great scholars at the time of Shakespeare birth, was Gregory Martin. He was born in Maxfield, an old timbered house to the north of the village. He became the tutor in the house of the Duke of Norfolk, and spent the last years of his life at Rheims. Here he translated the Latin Bible into English. He died in 1582, and is buried in Rheims.

Olive Brockwell the most famous of all nannies, who was immortalised as Alice by A.E.Milne (Changing guards at Buckingham Palace, Christopher Robin went down with Alice). Alice was buried in Guestling , and an inscription paid for by Christopher Milne (the original Christopher Robin) explains who she was. ( see also Hartfield )

Views
The Ancient church.Guestling in East Sussex is on the main Hastings to Rye road, and as such has a large number of cars passing by. However if you turn off the main road into Guestling , the area becomes more tranquil.

The church is located down a back lane about 1 mile from the present village, and is very pretty in beautiful surroundings.

It is believed that the village moved away from the church because of the number of Black Death sufferers buried in the churchyard.
Services
Guestling and the surrounding areaGuestling in East Sussex is a small village with a few shops and public houses.

The Hastings to Rye hourly bus passes through the village.

The nearest station is at Doleham Halt a couple of miles away on the Ashford to Hastings line, which has an hourly service.
Map
Guestling is shown as the red symbol on the map.

Nearby Villages

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Battle (William the Conqueror prevails)6.54 miles
Brede (Edward I inspects the Channel Fleet)2.78 miles
Broad Oak Brede (On the Crossroads)3.57 miles
Crowhurst (Village devastated by the Normans)5.94 miles
East Guldeford (Barn-like Church)6.71 miles
Fairlight (Firehills and Views)2.10 miles
Hastings Bulverhythe (Landing place of the citizens)5.91 miles
Hastings East Cliff (Beautiful Views and peaceful Walks)2.52 miles
Hastings Old Town (The ancient Cinque Port)3.59 miles
Hastings Ore (Iron and the Turnpike)2.47 miles
Hastings Sea Front (Modern amusements,pier and promenade)5.29 miles
St Leonards on Sea (an Edwardian family's gentile resort)4.73 miles
Icklesham (Paul McCartney's Recording Studio)2.06 miles
Mountfield (17th Century Coal !!)7.59 miles
Old Winchelsea (Abandoned after the Great Storm)4.42 miles
Pett (End of the Royal Military Canal)1.51 miles
Rye (On the Island)5.69 miles
Rye Harbour (Nature Reserve and unspoilt beaches)6.26 miles
Sedlescombe (Best gunpowder in Europe)4.77 miles
Udimore (Angels move the Church)2.88 miles
Westfield (Bonfire Boys under suspicion)2.57 miles
Whatlington (King Harold's Manor)6.00 miles
Winchelsea (Inland Cinque Port !!)3.78 miles
Winchelsea Beach (Holidaymakers and Henry VIIIs Fort)4.17 miles
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