Coming from the sunshine coast of Southern England
The Surrounding Area
AlfristonThe Village of Alfriston (3.23 mins)
Hang Gliding at Beachy Head (2.25 mins)
In recent years, the mound of earth that once housed the RAF radar station at
Beachy Head has been transformed into a landing and take-off point for the sport
of Hang Gliding.
Discovering the South Downs (1.14 minutes)
Beachy head is featured in this delightful tour of the South Downs. The Downs stretch 100 miles
through two counties linking Beachy Head with the ancient capital of England, Winchester. It's a
downland praised by many writers, attracting visitors from all over the world. This is a unique piece
of English history, for all along the rolling downland ancient man left his mark, distinct features on the
landscape. This is a short trailer of Discovering the South Downs the 57 minute documentary
that can be obtained from Eastbourne Live and other outlets, including the Beachy Head Centre.
Above photograph : The South Downs at the River Cuckmere
Discovering the Sussex Coast (55 secs)
Beachy Head and Eastbourne are featured in Discovering the Sussex Coast, which takes the viewer on
an excursion from Rye down to Emsworth on the Hampshire border. This Sussex coastline of shingle
beaches, chalk cliffs, river estuaries and marshland are all part of a wider tapestry of English history from
the Roman invasion in AD43 to Britain's front line in the Second World War. The artefacts of these
centuries still remain making the sea coast a fascinating attraction. This is a tailor to the 54 minute documentary, available on
DVD £10.99. from Eastbourne Live and other outlets including the Beachy Head Countryside Centre.
Photograph above : The remains of Hasting's harbour
Parson Darby (2.15 mins)
Three hundred years ago in 1705, Parson Jonathan Darby, Rector of East Dean died from theeffects of a long, self-imposed vigil in stormy weather, warning ships of the treacherous inshorewaters of Beachy Head. What he created was the first warning light, its role later taken over byBelle Tout and later Beachy Head lighthouse.
East Dean Church
A tour of this ancient church and its history, recorded in 1979.
Jevington Village (4.55 minutes)
Jevington lies in a fold in the South Downs, a village made famous for its horse racing stables.In the centre of the village stands the Eight Bells Inn, today a popular place for locals and touristsalike, but in 1799 it was owned by a notorious smuggler who was later transported to thepenal colony of Australia.
Litlington Village (1.54 mins)
A quiet timeless hamlet lying almost isolated in the Cuckmere Valley, partly hidden by the folds ofthe South Downs on a narrow road that runs from the main coastal road at Exceat to the village ofWilmington. Its ancient church, built in 1150 stands on a point of land over-looking the tidal watersof the river and meadowland that often floods in the winter.
Lullington Church (56 secs)
Pevensey Flower Festival 2008 (1.29 mins)
Pevensey Parish Church celebrated its 100th annual Flower Festival on Saturday, 23rd
Pevensey Castle (1.52 mins)
The Romans built the fortress around 250AD as an anchorage for their ships and to protect the
nearby city of Anderida, which gave the castle its name. In AD491, the fortress fell before the
onslaught of the Saxon warlord, Aelle and everyone within was slaughtered. In 1066, William
camped briefly within the walls on his way to the fateful Battle of Hastings. After the Conquest, a Norman castle was built within
the walls and was besieged three times, first by William Rufus, Stephen and then Simon de Montford and gallantly defended by
Lady Joan Pelham.
Polegate (1.53 mins)Polegate grew into a commuter town with the arrival of the railway in the 19th century; prior to that itwas the inns such as the Horse and Groom which welcomed the stage coaches. One of Polegate'sbest loved attractions is an old windmill built in 1817.
Out of the Ordinary Festival (31.15 mins)
The Peace Circle at Knockhatch Park between Hailsham and Wilmington, was the venue for the
second annual three-day Out Of The Ordindary Festival held from the 12th - 14th September 2008.
Eastbourne Live TV was there to capture the event.
Winter Solstice (10.44 mins)
A number of people braved the cold December chill to celebrate the Winter Solstice at a newly
created Peace Circle half way between Wilmington and Hailsham at Knockhatch Park.
Wilmington (3.04 mins)
This is the original butterfly window destroyed when the church caught fire some years ago.
The Long Man of Wilmington (40 secs)
The origin of the extraordinary ancient figure on Windover Hill is lost in the mystery of time. Many believe it to bea fertility God with hands outstretched opening up doors to another domain. Even today it is a site of pilgrimagewhen pagans ritually celebrate the changing seasons of the year.
Mitchelham Priory (in Sound Only)
A historical tour of this ancient priory recorded in 1977.