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(End of the Royal Military Canal)
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St Mary and St Peters church (Pett East Sussex)
Pett lies 4 miles east of Hastings on the Fairlight to Rye road. Its first mention is in the Domesday Book and was known then as Luet.

It consists of a collection of houses and bungalows that straggle along about 1 1/2 miles of road, which swings steeply down at its East end to Pett Level, a wide expanse of land which is a haven for wildfowl.

The church of St Mary and St Peter, was built in the 1860's for 2000. Its most noteworthy features are its tall, octagonal belfry and spire, and the large gargoyles that peer down from it. On the north side of the nave is a modern stained glass window depicting St Nicholas with a lifeboat man, this was designed by Lawrence Lee.

In 1690 a British frigate, the 'Anne', after a Battle off Beachy Head between the French, British and Dutch fleets was beached on the coast and burnt by her captain.

The Royal Military Canal, runs from Shorecliffe in Kent to Cliff End at Pett Level . It was built to keep out Napoleons Army, but was barely finished before it was realised what a pointless operation it was. Any army that had crossed Europe's great rivers, and then the English Channel were hardly going to be defeated by a canal barely 30 ft wide! On the beach at low tide can be seen the remains of an ancient forest, which was drowned when the Sea Level rose after the last Ice Age and the trees were preserved in the saltwater and mud. However since then the Sea Level has dropped slightly, and the tides and waves have washed away some of the silt and mud to reveal the old forest.


 The Firehills looking west.
An infrequent Hastings to Rye bus route passes through the village.

The nearest main station is in Hastings , with an hourly journey to London, Eastbourne and Ashford . The nearest local station is at Winchelsea on the Ashford line. The main shopping centre is Hastings about 4 miles West.


Pett village is very quiet and pretty.

The beach at Pett Level has beautiful views, from the top of the sea defences. The cliffs at Fairlight , can be seen to the west, and are at their best on a summer morning or early afternoon. To the east on a clear day you can make out the blocky shape of Dungeness nuclear power station.

Also to the east lies Camber , with its sandy beaches that make it famous.

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