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(Fifty thousand tiles on the 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.
| 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.
| 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.