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  Scene showing the Square, Alfriston, Sussex, England   Alfriston.

The Square is, I suppose, what might be described as the centre of this small village. It's an attractive little square, complete with Market Cross, seen here from the corner of River Lane.

The Market Cross, probably first erected in the early 15th century, is one of only two such market crosses now surviving in Sussex.

 

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  The Tye and St. Andrew's Church, Alfriston, Sussex, England   Alfriston.

This is The Tye - 'tye' being a Saxon term for 'village green'. This is quite a large village green which you would never see if you drove through the village on the High Street. It is tucked away behind the High Street buildings and goes down to the Cuckmere River.

St. Andrew's Church can be seen at the top of the mound in the trees.

 

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  The 13th century Star Inn, Alfriston, Sussex, England   Alfriston.

The Star Inn, on the corner of the narrow High Street and the even narrower Star Lane, is a 13th century timber-framed building reputed to be one of the oldest inns in the country. Its first recorded refurbishment took place in 1450.

Until around 1520 it was known as the Star of Bethlehem and was then run by the monks of Battle Abbey as a shelter for pilgrims.

We stayed at the Star Inn on two of our trips here.

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  The Cuckmere River, Alfriston, Sussex, England   Alfriston.

The Cuckmere River flows through the village east of the Tye. This view is looking south, towards the coast, with the Tye and St. Andrew's Church off to the right.

When we saw it here it looked more like a large, overgrown, ditch than a river although I have seen photographs which show the water to be much higher in the channel and, consequently, much wider.

 

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  The South Downs, Alfriston, Sussex, England   Alfriston.

Adjacent to Alfriston is the Firle Beacon ridge; part of the South Downs and one thing you'll get used to seeing on the South Downs is the ubiquitous sheep. In this view in the distance is the sea at Cuckmere Haven.

 

 

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