Alciston :: Shared Description

Alciston nestles at the foot of the South Downs near the spring line and a band of greensand that separates the chalk of the Downs with the clay of the Weald. Taking its name from a Saxon's farm the settlement has been an estate village since the Conquest, the manor being granted to the Benedictine monks of Battle Abbey soon after 1066. The Benedictines remained lords of the manor until the dissolution when the title and lands passed to the Gage family who came to reside at nearby Firle Place. The parish itself became a byword of modern medieval husbandry under the ownership of the Benedictines who were able to utilise their expertise to produce enough wheat and sheep to sell surpluses to various markets around Sussex and beyond.

The village itself grew and at its apogee in the 13th century consisted of a north town and south town with the manor and the church in the centre. The problems of the 14th century; poor harvests, Black Death and the collapse of the agricultural economy meant the village contracted with the south town all but disappearing with the last few houses going by the end of the 18th century. The settlement is still an estate village today being part of the Firle Estate which is still owned by the Gage family meaning Alciston has had two owners in just under a thousand years.
by Simon Carey
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Created: Sun, 25 Jul 2010, Updated: Sun, 25 Jul 2010

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