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Iden in East Sussex

One of the older settlements in this part of East Sussex. Iden probably began like so many other towns and villages in the Weald as a small clearing in the forests that covered the south of England. The wild boar roam again now in this area as they must have done then but little else remains the same. Of Iden's castle which was similar to (but older) than Bodiam Castle, nothing remains but the moat. It was a home to Alexander Iden who was responsible for capturing and killing the revolutionary Jack Cade. In later times much of the property and nearly all the farmland around Iden was part of the Curteis family Estates. This was broken up in the early 1900's.

The tower at the All Saints Church is now the main part remaining of the earlier Norman Church, although there are traces from the 12th century. Sensitive restoration has created a simple light-filled interior. Over the West door are the arms of Sir William Scott, one of the inhabitants of Iden's Castle-the-Mote.

Iden is lucky to still have a shop. It would have been turned into a house but the village intervened and now the shop belongs partly to the villagers. The Bell Inn public house is at the heart of the village next to the shop and thank goodness it is there. The Village Hall is not the most beautiful of buildings but essential to life in Iden and used practically every day of the year. Looked after by a dedicated committee, it is supported financially by a share in the profits of Iden's annual fete.

The Recreational Ground is a field given to the village by the Mason family.A more perfect setting for a game of cricket could not be imagined. The Fete is held here each July and profits are used amongst other things to care for this wonderful asset. The land for The Bowls Green was given to the village by Miss Josepha Smith, shortly before her death. The Bowls Club have turned this corner of a field into one of the finest greens in the area. New members are always welcome.

Oxenbridge is perhaps the finest house in Iden. Built in the 15th century with unusually high ceilings as the Oxenbridge Family were exceptionally tall by Medieval standards, one being known as "The Oxenbridge Giant". Erected before the time of chimneys and window glass, the smoke would have drifted up through a hole in the thatched roof.

Text supplied with the kind permission of Christopher Strangeways.

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What's On in Iden?

  • Summer of Colour

    Wednesday 19th June for 13 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    An exhibition of original artwork, jewellery and items for the home by textile artist Kate Hasted and artist Christine Highland. ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 21st June @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Local Produce, Cakes, Jams, Crafts and more. ... more

  • Multi Market

    Friday 21st June @ 10:00am
    Location: Appledore

    Appledore Village Hall free parking, free entry. Plenty of stalls including Arts, Craft, cakes, bakes, Homemade & lots more. Café ... more

  • Northiam Midsummer Festival

    Saturday 22nd June @ 11:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Midsummer Festival & Family Fun Day Northiam Playing Fields Saturday 22nd June, 11am-5pm Free admission (donations always welcome!) Craft ... more

  • Northiam Midsummer Festival

    Saturday 22nd June @ 11:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Midsummer Festival & Family Fun Day Northiam Playing Fields Saturday 22nd June, 11am-5pm Free admission (donations always welcome!) Craft ... more

  • Summer Fete

    Saturday 22nd June @ 1:00pm
    Location: Rye Foreign

    Summer Fete in the grounds of the Rye and Winchelsea Hospital, Peasmarsh Road, Rye Foreign, Rye TN31 7UD. To raise ... more

  • Tawnya Renelle On Tour - Free event!

    Monday 24th June @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    This June we are delighted to host International poet Tawnya Renelle who is promoting her spring collection book 'a little ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 28th June @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Local Produce, Cakes, Jams, Crafts and more. ... more

  • Crafts by the Rails

    Saturday 29th June for 2 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Weald Crafts and K&ESR are hosting a Fair at Tenterden Town Station, displaying various hand-made items by local crafts people ... more

  • Jenny Bush 'An Eye for Detail'

    Wednesday 3rd July for 13 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    Red Door is delighted to welcome Jenny Bush for her show entitled 'An Eye for Detail' where she interprets flora, ... more

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