If you think Rye’s an olde worlde charmer, come and have a look at Winchelsea – a tiny hamlet just two miles away that, believe it or not, was once one of England’s major ports. Arranged around its old ruined church, it has every bit as much character as Rye but is quieter and a bit more upmarket. The comedian Spike Milligan was buried in the grounds of St Thomas's church after his death in 2002, but the headstone marking this has since been removed and now the grave remains unmarked. Actually the current hamlet is the new Winchelsea; the old one is under the waves out to sea, which is why this one’s up on the rocks. And make sure you pop in to the delightful Winchelsea Farm Kitchen while you’re here.
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