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About Beckley

Beckley is a village in the heart of the beautiful Sussex countryside, close to the Cinque Ports Towns of Rye and Tenterden, making it the perfect spot for exploring Kent and Sussex.

The village was part of the Wealden iron industry dating back to 1578, an iron furnace was built on the small settlement and a watermill powered the bellows. Production ceased in 1770 but by then the community was formed. In the 1830's many Beckley residents emigrated to New South Wales where their skills were needed and work was becoming scarce as the parish hit hard times. Amongst the residents to emigrate were Thomas and Maria Ann Smith, the cultivator of the Granny Smith apple.

The local parish church, All Saints, is located to the far west of the town and this indicates that the main village has relocated during its history. The village today has a thriving community of young and old and a good old traditional English pub, the Rose and Crown.

Rye is just six miles away and is a must to visit if staying in Beckley. Tenterden is ten miles from Beckley, a pretty town to visit, with antique shops to browse. Close by are two award-winning vineyards which offer wine tours, Biddenden Vineyard and Chapel Down Winery.

Or step back in time and take a trip on Kent and Sussex Railway steam trains, fun whatever your age. Bodiam and Sissinghurst Castles, Smallhythe Place and Great Dixter House and Garden are all close by and are excellent National Trust properties to visit.