The East Sussex village of Alciston sits underneath Firle Beacon (217 metres high) and it's a very pretty village with thatched cottages and a large proportion of old buildings along its narrow main street.
Alciston Tithe BarnAlciston's medieval tithe barn is simply huge - it's over 50 metres long. The tithe barn is an indicator of just how rich the church was in the middle ages - the barn would have been full of the church's cut (or tithe) of the annual harvest each year.
Other Alciston informationThere's a traditional ceremony of Easter skipping at Alciston. It all takes place outside The Rose Cottage Inn each Good Friday.
Places of interest around AlcistonInteresting places in and around Alciston include:
- St Mary's Church in Alciston is a mainly 13th century flint church built on the site of an earlier Saxon church, built of clunch - a stone and chalk mixture - on top of a small mound;
- The South Downs Way passes a mile to the south of Alciston.
- Firle Beacon has a viewpoint with wonderful views over the East Sussex Weald;
- Tumuli on bostal hill above the village are scheduled national monuments. The tumuli at Alciston form one of largest groups of burial barrows on the South Downs;
Alciston travel notesThe nearest towns to Alciston are Eastbourne and Lewes. Both can be reached easily by following the A27 road, which is only a few hundred metres from the centre of Alciston.
The nearest railway station is Berwick, which is a couple of miles away.
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