NorthiamNorthiam sits close to East Sussex's border with Kent, a mile south of the River Rother.
The triangular village green at Northiam has a lot going for it, including some interesting history.
As well as Queen Elizabeth's Oak, named after Elizabeth I who rested here on her way to Rye, there's a plaque on he green which commemorates the inspection of D Day troops in May 1944 by Churchill and the prime minsters of Canada, South Africa and Southern Rhodesia.
Great DixterGreat Dixter was the famous garden of Christopher Lloyd, possibly the doyen of 20th century English plantsmen.
Christopher Lloyd's work lives on in his popular gardening books and also at Great Dixter thanks to the work of the team at the Great Dixter Charitable Trust.
Northiam QuarryNorthiam Quarry is a Site of Special Scientific Interest which is interesting to geologists because it provides a very clear section through the Wadhurst Clay and local sandstone. Northiam Quarry is a good spot for paleontolgists too.
Places of interest around NorthiamOther interesting places in and around Northiam include:
- Brickwall House - a Jacobean mansion house which was the home of the Frewen family - lords of the Manor for centuries - and now run by the Frewen Educational Trust. The house and gardens are open by appointment.
- St Mary's Church - an eleventh century church which reputedly has the sound of ghostly muffled voices in the Vestry. Spooky. Northiam church also contains the hearse made for Queen Victoria's funeral.
- The Sussex Border Path runs through Northiam
Northiam travel notesNorthiam has a restored railway station well over a mile from the centre of the village. Closed in 1961, the station is now served by the trains of the Kent and East Sussex Railway - historic steam trains and a great experience.
The nearest major town to Northiam is Hastings, which is 13 miles away along the A28 road.
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Wednesday April 23