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A walk around Winchelsea

This tour will take about an hour.

If you take a footpath that crosses a field (these are shown on the attached map), you should be aware of the animals that may be grazing there, particulary at times of year when they have young. The National Trust (who own much of the farmland around Winchelsea) have issued guidance to walkers about crossing fields being grazed by livestock. Please read this guidance.

From the Court Hall, cross the road to the church side of the High Street. Go round the corner into German Street and head away from the Court Hall with the church square on your left. You will come to the Winchelsea town sign, which was erected to mark the Millennium and paid for by public subscription. It was designed by local resident John Haddock and constructed from English oak by local craftsmen. The shield is that of the Cinque Ports. The model of the ship on the top is a representation of a 13th century nef copied from the Corporation Seal.

Beyond the Millennium town sign you will see Wesley's ash tree. It was here, on 7 October 1790, that Wesley preached his last outdoor sermon:

I went over to that poor skeleton of ancient Winchelsea. I stood under a large tree and called to most of the inhabitants of the town, "The kingdom of heaven is at hand, repent and believe the gospel." It seemed as if all that heard were, for the present, almost persuaded to be christians.

Wesley's ash tree blew down in 1927, partly due to the depredations of souvenir hunters, but a new tree was grown from a sapling from the original.

Walk to Wesley's Tree

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1 Town Sign to Wesley's Tree

Winchelsea Town Sign
The Winchelseas Town Sign by John Haddock

Wesleys Tree
Wesley's tree

View our photo gallery of the re-enactment on 7 October 2006 of John Wesley's last outdoor sermon, which took place in Winchelsea on 7 October 1790.