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Caption for Alfriston, Market Square c1955: A Saxon settlement beside the River Cuckmere, Alfriston was a centre for smuggling. The 14th-century church of St Andrew is built on a mound on the large village green. The Clergy House, a 14th-century timber-framed and thatched hall house, is in the care of the National Trust and is open to visitors. The 16th-century Star Inn was a hostel for pilgrims and the exterior is decorated with woodcarvings of beasts. The George Inn has Tudor wall paintings. We can see old shops in the photograph - S Selvey, the grocer, and Wood, the butcher. The ancient market cross has been knocked down by vehicles and restored several times. The scene is similar today, and well conserved, but all the shops are now engaged in tourist-related trading.

An extract from Villages of Sussex Photographic Memories.

Memories of Alfriston

1950's to the 90's. My holidays in Alfriston began in the 50's through to 60's.We stayed with my auntie, Mabel Norman and uncle Bob. The place was called Winton Field Cottage, on the edge of the village. It took a while to get used to the quiet - what a lovely setting. All of our family used to visit aunt Mabels for holidays. (...Read full memory)

This is a story about William Edwin Pimm 1864-1952 who lived in the village in the 1930’s and went to Miami in 1940. He won Gold & Silver medals in the 1908 & 1912 Olympic Games William Edwin my Great Grandfather, Born 10th of December 1864 at 4 Eglington Road, Bow, Middlesex, he (...Read full memory)

I remember being taken down to Alfriston in the 1930s before the Second World War. My great-aunt and great-uncle, Polly and Arthur Newell, had a smallholding on the downs, about half a mile from the village, where they kept chickens and ducks, and a few sheep. My mother told me that (...Read full memory)

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