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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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  • Junior Fun Day

    Thursday 1st September @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Itinerary and Competitions 10am - Meet, greet and warm up 10:30am - Perfect Pitching 11am - Deadly Driving 11:30am - ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 2nd 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

  • We Work in the Dark - we do what we can ......

    Friday 2nd September for 30 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    We work in the dark – we do what we can – we give what we have’ Henry James In ... more

  • Biddenden Cider Express

    Friday 2nd September
    Location: Tenterden

    If fine Kentish Cider is your first choice of refreshment, then why not try a variety of Biddenden's award winning ... more

  • Bramble Ramble

    Saturday 3rd September @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Rye Harbour Event A look at the wildlife of bramble and a chance to pick some delicious blackberries – bring ... more

  • Grand Monthly Jumble

    Saturday 3rd September @ 10:30am
    Location: Rye

    Grand Jumble Sale in aid of ARRCC on the first Saturday of every month starting 7th May 2016. The Warehouse ... more

  • Open Potter's Studio

    Saturday 3rd September for 2 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Winchelsea Beach

    Sea-themed ceramics in my studio at 7 Windmill Way, Winchelsea Beach, TN36 4LF, for sale at reasonable prices. Original, hand-made ... more

  • Richard Adams and Jane Beecham Open Studio

    Saturday 3rd September for 2 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Playden

    Please join us when we open our home to welcome you to view our latest work. Richard Adams, Jane Beecham ... more

  • Under Winchelsea cellar tours

    Saturday 3rd September @ 2:00pm
    Location: Winchelsea

    Winchelsea boasts over 50 medieval cellars, a number rivalled only in Bristol, Southampton and Norwich. They were all built between ... more

  • Camber Castle

    Saturday 3rd September @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Camber Castle is open to the public on for a guided tour. Admission charges apply. ... more

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