Berwick, Polegate, East Sussex

Berwick in East Sussex is the epitome of the words ‘quaint English village’; some of us can only imagine how perfect it must be to live here. It’s easy on the eye, it’s peaceful, and is surrounded by the beautiful unspoilt scenery of the South Downs.

Very few people come to Berwick to visit the village as such; it doesn’t have the same draw as Alfriston just down the road as there’s not a lot here. It does have its own train station, thanks to a former MP who built it to make it easier for him to get up to London when he needed to, and there are two pubs – The Berwick Inn and, a short stroll from the village, The Cricketers Arms. Both are ideal for lunch in the garden on a warm day.

What draws those in the know to Berwick is the 12th century church of St Michael and All Angels, because inside is very unique, with murals painted by Bloomsbury artists Vanessa Bell, Duncan Granta and Quentin Bell during the Secon World War. It’s such a nice surprise when you poke your head in round the door, so go and have a look, then wander back to one of the pubs for a bite to eat.

All information correct at the time of writing

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