The Strand Gate is considered to have been built in the 1300s - part of the magnificent defences required to protect this medieval Cinque Port against the French raids.
Winchelsea was at that time a major harbour with massive national importance to to ship-building, and the wine trade. There are dozens of websites detailing its fascinating history - the National Trust website I have listed also give a good 1.5 hour walking route.
The road here is on an extremely narrow bend so a mirror has been provided - check it before you drive through and find yourself face to face with an oncoming vehicle!
The second picture shows the views over the Royal Military Canal towards the sea.
After two or three visits to the graveyard of St Thomas' Winchelsea, we did in fact manage to find at last, the grave of the famous Great British ,writer, comedian, actor, and friend of Prince Charles...... Spike Milligan who died in 2002 and whose gravestone is engraved in Gaelic, with the, typical for Spike Milligan, now most well known line ....."See! I told you I was ill!"
Spike died aged 82 after suffering life long manic depression.
Located in the centre of Winchelsea is the Ruined Church of St Thomas. Dating back to the late 13th century, this once huge church was almost totally destroyed by French invaders.
Today the remaining part of the church has become the nave, and is open to visitors who want to come inside and admire the large stained glass windows.
The church yard itself is a nice place to relax, and perhaps take a wander amongst the grave stones. You may even come across Spike Milligan's - his epitaph reads "I told you I was ill".
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On the corner of German Street and Hiham Gardens, the New Inn is an 18th Century pub serving excellent traditional meals and they are also a B&B. Sunday lunches are served between 12 and 3pm. It is possible to reserve tables although it's not strictly necessary. There's a billiard room out the back too!
Favorite Dish: We had the traditional English Sunday roast lamb with HUGE roast potatoes and vegetables (carrots, French beans, cauliflower, cabbage) and mint sauce and I had the stuffed roast peppers and saute potatoes. It was absolutely delicious. We followed it with a chocolate nut Sunday and apple pie and custard. Fabulous. All Sunday roasts were £6.95 and puddings £3.50. Great service, friendly staff and the meal arrived promptly.
The 13th Century Strand Gate is at the top of an extremely steep and narrow hairpin bend. Do be very careful when approaching this gateway by car.. other vehicles will be coming down from the other side round another narrow bend and you will have to give way. If the roads are icy... it could be a recipe for disaster..
don't stay there unless you want a Faulty Towers type experience. The landlord is a agressive, pompous and possibly mad.
Have travelled extensively, Britain and rest of world, and have never known anything like it. Would be funny if it hadn't been so terrifying.
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