Litlington in East Sussex

Google map showing area surrounding Litlington
(Secret marriage of George IV)
Location: 50.791058,0.157014
General Details

Litlington in East Sussex which lies in the Cuckmere valley between Alfriston and West Dean is a very small village. The church was started in 1150 and is built of flint , like many of the other buildings in the area. The church was once served by nearby Wilmington Priory.

In 1786 Mrs Maria Fitzherbert who lived at Clapham house in the village, secretly married as Mr and Mrs Payne the Prince Regent who became George IV.

One of their children was born at Clapham, before George abandoned her for the Princess of Brunswick. It is said that the Prince regularly rode from Brighton to see his future wife.

At the end of the 1800's a horse was cut into the downs on the other side of the valley above the village at Hindover (High and Over) probably to attract tourists from nearby Brighton , brought down to the coast by train..

The village has all around it the hills of the South Downs with their many walks and views.

The river Cuckmere runs about 100metres away from the village which is higher up from the valley floor.

Opposite Litlington in East Sussex on the top of the hill is the White Horse , a 19th century creation.
Litlington in East Sussex has a few tourist services , with a public house and garden centre.

The nearest shopping centre is at Lewes about 7 miles to the north west.

The local train service stops at Berwick about 3 miles north, and provides services to Lewes , Brighton and Hastings .
Litlington is shown as the red symbol on the map.

Nearby Villages

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Alciston (Fifty thousand tiles on the Barn)2.86 miles
Alfriston (Smuggling and Ghosts)1.18 miles
Arlington (Peaceful Saxon Village)4.14 miles
Berwick (Sharpen your arrows on the Church)2.31 miles
Bishopstone (Largest Tide-Mill in Sussex)3.01 miles
Denton (Earl Godwins Manor)4.31 miles
East Blatchington (Mutiny and the Edge of Space)2.64 miles
East Dean (Fishing and Wrecking)3.19 miles
Exceat (Alfred the Great's Naval Base?)1.09 miles
Folkington (Teasles and Badgers)2.80 miles
Friston (Home of the Railway Children)2.78 miles
Jevington (Smugglers and Churchill Tanks)2.55 miles
Lullington (destroyed by Cromwell ??)0.88 miles
Polegate (Fine old Tower Mill)4.45 miles
Seaford (The cormorants or shags)2.74 miles
Selmeston (Tomb to store the Contraband)3.71 miles
Tarring Neville (The Chest from the Spanish Armarda)5.28 miles
Wilmington (The Long Man)2.41 miles
Firle (Home of the Greengage)4.88 miles
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