Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Alfriston

Ye Olde Smugglers Inn, Alfriston

The ancient and charming village of Alfriston in East Sussex lies in the valley of the River Cuckmere and is about 4 miles from the town of Seaford. Neolithic remains on the Downs near to the village suggest ancient occupation and in the Cuckmere Valley the earliest archeological features are Roman roads. During the Saxon period from the 5th century and into the Middle Ages the village grew into a bustling market town until the population was drastically reduced by "The Black Death". During the late 18th and early 19th century, at the time of the Napoleonic War troops were stationed in the town  which prospered and thrived. However, when the war ended and the troops left the economy collapsed Alfriston became the quiet village that it is today.

The Starr Inn is thought to have been built by the Abbot of Battle in 1520 as a hostel for mendicant friars. Ye Ole Smugglers Inn belonged to a notorious smuggler and has numerous rooms, doors, staircases, hiding places and tunnels.

St Andrew's Church was built during the 14th century, the churchyard being built on an old Saxon mound.

St Andrew's Church

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/alfriston-clergy-house/features/enjoying-a-day-out-in-alfriston





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