Sunday, March 24, 2019

West Dean

West Dean

The ancient village of West Dean in East Sussex is situated within Friston Forest in the South Downs National Park. To visit this picturesque village it is advisable to park in the Friston Forest car park or at the visitor centre at Exceat  and walk. 

This peaceful village is steeped in history. It is thought that the village, originally known as Eorlscourt was founded in Saxon times as a fishing and salt producing village. Alfred the Great had a palace in the village. After the Norman Conquest King William gave the village to his half brother, Earl Mortain who then gave the land and the nearby village of Exceat to the Monastery of Grestein who had a priory at Wilmington. All Saints Church is the most ancient in the Cuckmere Valley dating back to Saxon times. 

This fascinating picturesque village is a hidden gem within the forest and not to be missed. 


All Saints Church


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