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    Alciston
(Fifty thousand tiles on the Barn)
Domesday Community

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Alciston Sussex - The long barn
Alciston is a small village which lies on the edge of the South Downs in East Sussex in Southern England . It lies just off the main A27 Eastbourne to Lewes road, and seems to be from a bygone age with its many thatched roof houses, and its ancient farm and church.

A chalk built church was founded before the Norman invasion, and evidence of this building was found recently during excavations under the East window.

Alciston has the remains of a 14th century monastry which was owned by the Abbey at Battle . The dovecote from the monastry has been restored, and there is a 170ft long tithe barn, which has a roof containing 50,000 tiles. The area was probably a retreat for the monks from Battle Abbey similar to that in nearby Lullington .

At the Dissolution of the Monastries the land was given to Sir John Gage from nearby West Firle in return for a provision of armed horsemen for the King .

The area reverted to farming once the monks had left, and has remained this way throughout the centuries and is still its main business.


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Alciston East Sussex - The Church 
The village has few services, but there is a public house within its street.

Trains can be caught at Berwick Station about 2 miles to the East, these provide regular services along the coast.

The main shopping centre of Lewes lies about 5 miles to the west, and that of Eastbourne , about 6 miles east.


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Alciston East Sussex - A thatched cottage 
This small village is dominated by the South Downs , as it lies in a valley cut into the hills. It can only be driven into by a single width road, which also provides the exit.

The church lying on own its small hillock surrounded by flint walls, and the ancient farm nearby provide a beautiful scene , and could easily be from a bygone era.

The village seems to have more than its fair share of thatched cottages, with quite a number visible from the road.

 
       
 
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