Pictures of Winchelsea
This is a pretty, busy little town tucked along a ridge overlooking Pett Level. It was once one of the chief port's of the south coast, and today is classed as an "Ancient Town" with a status equal to the original Cinque Ports.
Historically, Old Winchelsea vanished way back in the mist of time, what did remain finally tumbled into the sea following the great storm of 1278, and the town was rebuilt on a new site, again close to the shore. Later, a build up of shingle gradually forced the town away from the sea to its present position.
The town has many picturesque places, the church of St. Thomas the Martyr is well worth seeing, it still bears the scars inflicted by French raiders during the 15th century when much of the church was destroyed. Winchelsea, constantly came under attack from the French throughout the Middle-Ages.
Picturesque medieval gateways remain and there are many beautiful buildings from the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries to see. Of interest is the museum, housed in the ancient 13th century Court Hall. In this spacious, pleasant place, every corner you turn reveals new delights. The town has a lovely atmosphere and an unhurried pace. You can quietly wander streets with delightful shops, visit attractive inns or cafe's or simply stroll leisurely through lanes leading to the shore.
Winchelsea coast, although covered with chalet's, caravan sites and camping grounds, is unspoilt and full of charm. It is one of the few remaining totally peaceful regions to be found in this part of Essex and its sand and shingle beach with its "clean beach" award, offers opportunities for swimming and sunbathing.
The region offers many enjoyable walks particularly if you follow the sea wall in an easterly direction, this leads towards Rye Harbour and en-route passes a nature reserve. Along the way, the tumbling waves and vast variety of seabirds offer the walker memorable sea views.
Winchelsea makes a charming destination for anyone wanting a peaceful time in an uncluttered, happy coastal resort.
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