|Our Whats On|
Guides to the Area
Where to Stay
Bed & Breakfast
On this Page
(Paul McCartney's Recording Studio)
Icklesham is located about 6 miles to the east of Hastings, on
the main A259 Hastings to Rye road.
In 1282 the King's treasurer had been sent to Old Winchelsea to
investigate the danger to the town from the sea, the report was
to abandon the town and create a new town on the heights of
Petit Ihamme nowadays Icklesham .
Icklesham was one of the few villages recording evacuation plans
in the event of the feared invasion of Napoleon. In 1798 precise
livestock records were made, and everyone give instructions on
where they were supposed to go. Captain Lamb of the Yeomanry and
Provisional Cavalry in Sussex was to be in charge. (See also
the Peasmarsh pages.)
On Hogs Hill stands the old smock windmill, it has been restored,
and in the last quarter of the 20th century it has found a new
use as the recording studios of Sir Paul McCartney.
| Icklesham 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 near Guestling , or at
Winchelsea both on the Ashford to Hastings line, which has an
| Icklesham is on the main A259 which runs along the ridge between
the coast and the river Brede .
From the main road, looking south you can see the hills at Fairlight ,
and if you carry on throught the village towards Rye, to your left
is the Brede valley.
If you travel up to the windmill, the view to the sea is stunning,
and the back road going east takes you through to one of the old Medieval
gates into Winchelsea . The 1066 Country Walk runs through the village.