TQ9017 : Strand Gate Strand Hill Winchelsea

taken 6 years ago, near to Winchelsea, East Sussex, Great Britain

Strand Gate Strand Hill Winchelsea
Strand Gate Strand Hill Winchelsea
The Strand Gate is also known as the East Gate and Watchbell Gate, it was built around 1300 to protect the entrance from the harbour at the bottom of Strand Hill. There was a porterís lodge inside the northeastern tower, and a room for the portcullis winding gear on the first floor.
Listed Buildings and Structures
Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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Seven centuries ago, the new town of Winchelsea was founded by Edward I to take the place of an older town of the same name, which had been lost to the sea in a series of great storms. The new town of Winchelsea assumed Old Winchelsea's status of Ancient Town and Head Port of the Cinque Port Confederation, a medieval alliance of Kent and Sussex ports. For over a hundred years, New Winchelsea was one of the major ports of the kingdom.
Today, Winchelsea sits quietly on its hill, gazing across marshland at the now-distant sea. But all around this beautiful village are the remnants of past glory: the Church of St Thomas the Martyr; three medieval gates.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 11 July, 2012   (more nearby)
Sunday, 15 July, 2012
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Village, Rural settlement  Roads, Road transport 
Place (from Tags)
East Sussex 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 906 174 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:55.4776N 0:42.7153E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 906 173
View Direction
NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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Road Scene  Hill  Town Gate 

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