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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.
Written Feb 18, 2008
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.
Written Feb 17, 2008
Address: St Thomas' Church Winchelsea
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".
Written Oct 20, 2007
Address: High Street, Winchelsea TN36 4EB
This beautiful church established in 1280, and once of cathedral proportions had it's north and south transepts destroyed in later years by French raids. It is now popular with tourists as it is the site of the grave of Spike Milligan "See, I told you I was ill" - is inscribed in Gaelic on his tombstone - "Duirt me leat go raibh me breoite."
Admission to the church is free, but there is a small box for visitors to leave a donation.
Updated Jun 15, 2006
Edward I had Winchelsea built as a "New Town" over 700 years ago. The museum is one of the oldest buildings in the town and is still used as a ceremonial meeting place for the Corporation and every year on Easter Monday a new mayor takes his seat beneath the Roll of his predecessors. Its is full of artefects such as local pottery, maps, and pictures all relevant to this historic town.
Tuesday - Saturday & Bank Holidays 10.30 - 12.30 & 2 - 5
Sundays 2 - 5
Written May 3, 2006
Address: Centre of Winchelsea
Phone: 01797 226382
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.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
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..
Updated Dec 27, 2006
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.
Updated Oct 18, 2006