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Bexhill

April 10, 2009


In 1950s England the seaside towns, especially on the south coast, were the glamour places to visit. This was before BEA and BOAC exotic foreign holidays. The highlight theatre where well-to-do audiences dressed in evening wear could see TV personalities in the flesh. Spike Milligan lived in Bexhill-on-sea and Peter Sellers kept a chalet here at the centre of curved pebble bay east of Eastbourne. Bexhill De La Warr Pavillion by Erich Mendelsohn the first steel frame building in England. Lawrence Olivier lived in two Brighton seafront houses moving to the second after splitting from Vivian Lea. People need idols but Lawrence Olivier was universally worshiped. This is all in the context of eerie white cliffs from Brighton to Eastbourne. The Beachy Head section is now part of The South Downs National Park. Hugh Lloyd settled in Worthing. War artist Paul Nash lived at Swanage, Dorset. Only Paul Nash has high status as a landscape and seaside painter. English artists were usually educated gentlemen from Slade School of Art with connections from their old colleges in Cambridge and Oxford. Subjects were external like landscape and escape, not internal and serious subjects as on the Continent (of Europe). Alan Turing liked Cross Country Running. Many artists like Dora Carrington enjoyed The Outdoors. But no artist is renowned for being fond of cycling.Further round Pevensey Bay are St Leonards-on-sea, past Warrior Square to Hastings. From Ore station cycle across Fairlight seaside chalk down via Firehills. Rejoin the road at Fairlight Cove and cycle the steep lee to Cliff End. Rye and Winchelea (Cinque Port on unusual isolated hill). Detour to the inlet of Rye Harbour. There are few places to stay, so on another day alight from the train at remote Winchelsea realway station, or at Rye.
Cycle in either direction east or west. Even though more time and effort is needed to visit this area it is beautiful and full of contrasts. ‘You’ll be Glad You Did!’