Battle – Built on the site of the famous Battle of 1066 where William the Conqueror defeated King Harold and his Saxon army on that fateful day, today, this bustling little Market town has no fewer than five attractions for you to enjoy, including Battle Abbey, built on the Battle site.
Crowhurst – Crowhurst lies on a back road between Battle and Hastings. The village is first mentioned in 771 as Croghyrst, when King Offa of Mercia, gave the Bishop of Selsey 8 hides (a measurement of area) within the village. In return, the Bishop built a church for the population. The village has few services, but is on a main rail line to London and 4 miles from Battle, the main shopping town in the area.
Fairlight – Three miles to the east of Hastings, off the A259, Fairlight consists of a few old coastguard cottages, a church and a collection of modern seaside houses straggling downhill to Fairlight cove. An infrequent Hastings to Rye bus route passes through the village. The nearest station is in Hastings, with an hourly journey to London, Eastbourne and Ashford. The nearest local station is at Winchelsea on the Ashford line. The main shopping centre is Hastings about 4 miles West.
Guestling – Guestling lies 3 miles north east of Hastings on the A259. Gestlinges is one of the three villages mentioned in the Domesday book as being part of the rape of Gestlinges, also including Luet (Modern Pett) and Ramslie (a large manor including Fairlight) The village has no proper centre, and it’s ancient church stands beside a farm down a side road within viewing distance to Buckswood School.
Icklesham – Icklesham is located about 6 miles to the east of Hastings, on the main A259 Hastings to Rye road. Icklesham 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.
Pett – Pett Level is a small, peaceful seaside village, and is situated on the coast between Rye and Hastings. It lies alongside the western end of a sea defence wall, built in the 1940’s, along which one can walk, giving wonderful views of the sea, beach and cliffs.
Sedlescombe – Sedlescombe’s village green with its distinctive Pumphouse is at the heart of the village. Around it are houses dating to the 15th century, a hotel, public house, post office/shop and Bistro. The open floodplain of the River Brede is a contrasting landscape to the old parkland, grazing fields, hedges and woods on the valley sides.
Udimore – This village lying about 4 miles to the west of Rye on the B2089 has no real centre, and runs along a ridge for about 2 miles. Udimore is a small village with only a few local services. The main local shopping centre is in Rye with its many shops or Peasmarsh with its supermarket.
Winchelsea – Winchelsea lies just within the High Weald AONB, on its South Eastern boundary near Rye. Positioned on a hill it has spectacular views over Winchelsea beach and the English Channel and inland across the Brede levels to the wooded Weald.
Westfield – Known as Westewelle in the Doomsday survey, Westfield is one of the largest villages in the area with a population of around 2,750. It lies 6 miles inland and 2 miles to the north of the Ridge which overlooks Hastings. Westfield has not suffered a population drift where small companies have created 120 jobs. There is still a village shop, newsagents, butchers and hairdressers,although the post office recently closed.
John Bray and Sons continue to provide a property service to all of these villages.