Icklesham in East Sussex

Google map showing area surrounding Icklesham
(Paul McCartney's Recording Studio)
Location: 50.917441,0.671658
General Details
The main road.Icklesham in East Sussex is located about 6 miles to the east of Hastings, on the main A259 Hastings to Rye road.

In 1282 the King's treasurer had been sent to Old Winchelsea to investigate the danger to the town from the sea, the report was to abandon the town and create a new town on the heights of Petit Ihamme nowadays Icklesham .

Icklesham was one of the few villages recording evacuation plans in the event of the feared invasion of Napoleon. In 1798 precise livestock records were made, and everyone give instructions on where they were supposed to go. Captain Lamb of the Yeomanry and Provisional Cavalry in Sussex was to be in charge. (See also the Peasmarsh pages.) On Hogs Hill stands the old smock windmill, it has been restored, and in the last quarter of the 20th century it has found a new use as the recording studios of Sir Paul McCartney.
Church facing west.Icklesham in East Sussex is on the main A259 which runs along the ridge between the coast and the river Brede .

From the main road, looking south you can see the hills at Fairlight , and if you carry on throught the village towards Rye, to your left is the Brede valley.

If you travel up to the windmill, the view to the sea is stunning, and the back road going east takes you through to one of the old Medieval gates into Winchelsea . The 1066 Country Walk runs through the village.
Icklesham in East Sussex is a small village with a few shops and public houses.

The Hastings to Rye hourly bus passes through the village.

The nearest station is at Doleham Halt near Guestling , or at Winchelsea both on the Ashford to Hastings line, which has an hourly service.
Icklesham is shown as the red symbol on the map.

Nearby Villages

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Village= Town= Recorded in Domesday=
Brede (Edward I inspects the Channel Fleet)3.51 miles
Broad Oak Brede (On the Crossroads)3.92 miles
Broomhill (Swept away by the Storm)6.32 miles
Camber (Sands and Holidays)5.58 miles
Cripps Corner (Home Guard surprises the Army)7.01 miles
East Guldeford (Barn-like Church)4.66 miles
Fairlight (Firehills and Views)
2.82 miles
Guestling (Changing guards at Buckingham Palace)
2.06 miles
Hastings East Cliff (Beautiful Views and peaceful Walks)4.26 miles
Hastings Ore (Iron and the Turnpike)4.31 miles
Old Winchelsea (Abandoned after the Great Storm)2.41 miles
Pett (End of the Royal Military Canal)1.57 miles
Playden (Saltcote and fish)
5.13 miles
Rye (On the Island)
3.64 miles
Rye Harbour (Nature Reserve and unspoilt beaches)
4.22 miles
Sedlescombe (Best gunpowder in Europe)
6.13 miles
Staplecross (Mothers grudge hangs son)7.10 miles
Udimore (Angels move the Church)
1.97 miles
Westfield (Bonfire Boys under suspicion)
4.38 miles
Winchelsea (Inland Cinque Port !!)1.74 miles
Winchelsea Beach (Holidaymakers and Henry VIIIs Fort)2.27 miles
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