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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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  • Stop the Clocks - Joan Bakewell

    Wednesday 28th September @ 3:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Baroness Bakewell is still as busy as ever in her 82nd year, broadcasting on the radio and TV. In this ... more

  • The Italian Job - La Serenissima

    Wednesday 28th September @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    A fabulous evening of Italian baroque music from the English masters of the genre - La Serenissima. You will be ... more

  • Smugglers' Tales Supper

    Wednesday 28th September
    Location: Rye

    The Mermaid Inn in the 1730s and 1740s was a centre of activity for the infamous smugglers - "The Hawkhurst ... more

  • A Walk Around Historic Rye

    Thursday 29th September
    Location: Rye

    A walk around Rye, focusing on its medieval and Tudor heritage, is led by local historian and former Mayor of ... more

  • Murder in a Seaside Town - Thomas Mogford

    Thursday 29th September @ 3:00pm
    Location: Rye

    The author Thomas Mogford talks about his series of crime novels set around the Mediterranean basin all featuring his Gibraltarian ... more

  • Wihan String Quartet

    Thursday 29th September @ 7:30pm
    Location: Winchelsea

    A welcome return to the Rye Arts Festival by this Czech string quartet who specialise in the music written by ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 30th September @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market sells local produce which includes: Cakes, Preserves, Savouries, Free Range Eggs, Seasonal Vegetables and Fruit, Unusual Plants, ... more

  • A Celebration of Harvest

    Friday 30th September for 3 days
    Location: Northiam

    A weekend of celebration with St Mary's Church decorated with flowers and harvest produce, with refreshments and produce on sale. ... more

  • Hand of Genius - Graham Short

    Friday 30th September @ 3:00pm
    Location: Rye

    A. talk by the micro-engraver who celebrated the 90th birthday of our monarch by creating the smallest portrait of Elizabeth ... more

  • Rory McLeod and the Familiar Strangers

    Friday 30th September @ 8:00pm
    Location: Rye

    A concert in two parts - singer/storyteller Rory McLeod does a solo first half and is then joined on stage ... more

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