Alfriston is a village and civil parish in the East Sussex district of Wealden, England in
the Cuckmere Valley, on the River Cuckmere, about four miles north-east of Seaford. The parish has a population of 769 (2001 census).
I've had many a good meal at the Star Inn, where my father would take us on Sundays to enjoy the special roast lunch menu and give mother a day from the kitchen. It was here I bought a copy of Edward Heath's book on sailing and his 'Morning Cloud,' which the former prime minister kindly signed.
In 1931 Eleanor Farjeon wrote the popular hymn Morning Has Broken in Alfriston, supposedly about the beauty she saw around her in this village. The song was later recorded by Cat Stevens in the 1970's reaching a wider audience.
The Valley offers fun for families in attractions such as Drusilla's Zoo. For the more culturally-minded, Charlestone Farmhouse is a treasure house displaying the works of the Bloomsbury Group-artists and authors whose lives centred on this Sussex farmhouse.
Alfriston High Street
The Cuckmere Valley is bisected by a winding river and crossed by the famous South Downs Way, as well as numerous other trails. For hikers and walkers, for cyclists and equestrians, for naturalists of all abilities it offers a wealth of pleasures.
The Cuckmere Valley's attractions are best enjoyed at a leisurely pace. The outstanding natural beauty reveals itself to walkers more readily than to visitors speeding past in cars.
The pubs are fine retreats from modern life; meals in the restaurants are to be savoured rather than gulped. Whether on Alfriston's high street or in neigbouring villages, the shops will reward browsers with memorable treasures.
Historians amateur or professional will relish the area, where almost every building offers a record of generations past. Alfriston boasts an extraordinary concentration of Medieval buildings, as well as one of the most famous churces in Sussex - St Andrews so imposing it is often called 'The Cathedral of the Downs'. The Clergy House, next to St Andrew's, was the first building acquired by The National Trust.
Visitors will especially enjoy the Alfriston Festival, held annually during the last week in August and highlighted by a weekend of traditional games on the Tye, or village green. Alfriston's Dickensian Evening, held the first Saturday in December, is a memorable occasion boasting costumed revellers, music, food and more.
has many beautiful views within the village, looking at
the Star Inn can keep you occupied for quite a while
with its figures. The high street is a beautiful example
of an old Sussex village, and has many beautiful old
has a wide range of shops with the emphasis on gift
shops, antiques and food establishments, showing the
influence that tourism now has on the area.
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area around Alfriston must have been occupied from
neolithic times as a number of barrows from this period
have been found higher up the surrounding Downs .
Alfriston Clergy House
Flint monument at Alfriston thought to be a lock-up
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