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Pictures of Playden

in the county of East Sussex

About Playden

Playden is situated just north of Rye. It is most noted for its beautiful Norman Church dedicated to St. Michael which dates from around 1190. The church is built of stone, with tiled roof and a spire topped by a cross that for centuries has been a landmark over Rye and Romney Marsh.

The church is mentioned in the Doomsday Book and is considered to be one of the finest examples of combined Norman and Early English style. The interior is light and airy with aisles to the north and south of the central tower. Amongst its historic features is a magnificent carved oak screen of great delicacy, it has seven bays and a band of decorated tracery and is believed to date from 1310. There is fine tracery to the windows, exquisite woodwork, and outside the peaceful churchyard you can see scattered graves and tombs from past centuries.

Playden lies in an area renowned for its fine oast houses, some of these have been converted to provide comfortable dwelling houses and hotels. The region is known for its miles of hop fields, for its close proximity to the coast, dazzling Rye harbour, Camber sands, its wildlife habitats in the valley of the River Rother, and for its wealth of interesting castles and country houses all within easy driving distance of the town. It therefore makes an ideal location for a romantic weekend, or to use as a base whilst exploring all that this lovely east Sussex area has to offer.

Recommended towns & villages near Playden


Rye (384 Pictures) a Seaside Town in the county of East Sussex

(0.9 miles, 1.5 km of Playden)

Rye is a picturesque and historic town with cobbled streets, medieval architecture, and panoramic views of the surrounding countryside...

Winchelsea, East Sussex

Winchelsea (44 Pictures) a Historic Market Town in the county of East Sussex

(2.9 miles, 4.7 km, direction S of Playden)

This is a pretty, busy little town tucked along a ridge overlooking Pett Level...

Jury's Gap - Camber

Camber (25 Pictures) a Seaside Town in the county of East Sussex

(3.4 miles, 5.4 km, direction SE of Playden)

Backed by the Walland Marsh, Camber has one of the finest stretches of pure sand and sand dunes found along the East Sussex coast...


Hastings (316 Pictures) a Seaside Town in the county of East Sussex

(10.1 miles, 16.3 km, direction SW of Playden)

Hastings is an old fishing town along the southern coast of England. It offers all the traditional amusements of the seaside but retains much of the character of its colourful past...

A picture of Battle

Battle (68 Pictures) in the county of East Sussex

(11.2 miles, 18.0 km, direction W of Playden)

Battle is a unique town in the county of Sussex built on the very site where William the Conqueror defeated king Harold of England and his Saxon army in 'The Battle of Hastings' in 1066...

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Ypres Tower , Rye.

Rye Castle Museum (9 Pictures)

(0.9 miles, 1.4 km)

Rye Castle Museum, also known as 'Ypres Tower', in the beautiful maritime town of Rye, occupies a commanding position.....

Bodiam Castle July 2009

Bodiam Castle (95 Pictures)

(8.6 miles, 13.8 km, direction W)

The wonderful parapet, walls and high round towers of 14th-century Bodiam Castle are gloriously reflected in its broad moat. It.....

A picture of Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway (15 Pictures)

(9.9 miles, 15.9 km, direction E)

First opened to traffic in July 1927 as the 'World's Smallest Public Railway' and now covering a distance of 13.5 miles from the.....

Dungeness Lighghouse

Dungeness Lighthouse (6 Pictures)

(11.3 miles, 18.2 km, direction E)


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Battle Abbey (80 Pictures)

(11.9 miles, 19.1 km, direction W)

The Abbey Ruins - The pope ordered William the Conqueror to build an abbey in penance for the great loss of life. The abbey was.....

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Sissinghurst Castle Garden (189 Pictures)

(12.3 miles, 19.7 km, direction NW)

It is entirely fitting that one of the loveliest gardens in the land can be found in a county renowned for its beauty and.....

Batemans Gardens 25 June 2011

Bateman's (62 Pictures)

(15.7 miles, 25.2 km, direction W)

Bateman's was built in 1634. From 1902 until 1936 it became the home of Rudyard Kipling and is preserved as it was when he lived.....

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