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(Changing guards at Buckingham Palace)
Guestling lies 3 miles north east of Hastings on the A259.
Gestlinges is one of the three villages mentioned in the Domesday
book as being part of the rape of Gestlinges, also including
Luet( Modern Pett ) and Ramslie( a large manor including Fairlight )
The village has no proper centre,and its ancient church stands
beside a farm down a side road.
The church of St Laurence was founded in Saxon times, its towers,
pierced with tiny round-headed windows, must have been built after
the Norman Conquest. Between the north aisle and the chapel that
leads out of it, is an architectural rarity - an ornate Transitional
arch - making the transition from Norman to early-English style.
From the churchyard there are wide-ranging views, south to Fairlight
church, and east to the restored smock mill at Icklesham .
The Main Court for the Western towns in the Cinque Ports was held at
Hand made bricks are made in fourteen acre lane. The Guestling bricks
are in great demand for restoring Churches and other old buildings.
Customers have included Camber Castle, Hampton Court and Buckingham
One of England's great scholars at the time of Shakespeare birth, was
Gregory Martin. He was born in Maxfield, an old timbered house to the
north of the village. He became the tutor in the house of the Duke of
Norfolk, and spent the last years of his life at Rheims. Here he
translated the Latin Bible into English. He died in 1582, and is buried
Olive Brockwell the most famous of all nannies, who was immortalised
as Alice by A.E.Milne (Changing guards at Buckingham Palace, Christopher
Robin went down with Alice). Alice was buried in Guestling , and an
inscription paid for by Christopher Milne (the original Christopher Robin)
explains who she was. ( see also Hartfield )
| Guestling is a small village with a few shops and public houses.
The Hastings to Rye hourly bus passes through the village.
The nearest station is at Doleham Halt a couple of miles away
on the Ashford to Hastings line, which has an hourly service.
| Guestling is on the main Hastings to Rye road, and as such has
a large number of cars passing by. However if you turn off the
main road into Guestling , the area becomes more tranquil.
The church is located down a back lane about 1 mile from the
present village, and is very pretty in beautiful surroundings.
It is believed that the village moved away from the church
because of the number of Black Death sufferers buried in the