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the river Cuckmere, is picturesque, and here the wayfarer will find some delightful tea gardens.
When I reached Litlington, the August afternoon seemed to give the village street a sort of thick, sleepy stillness smelling of meadow-sweet and hay—the farmers were all behind with their hay this year—and the old Plough and Harrow Inn, weather-tiled to the ground, took on a deep red shade. And over all the bees filled the hot August air with their humming.
One mile beyond Litlington and directly opposite to Alfriston is Lullington—a very small village. The church deserves a visit, as it is one of the smallest in England. Measured externally it is only twenty feet long and about the same wide. Some ruins prove it to be only the chancel of a former church.
Alfriston, which has been long in sight, is soon reached. Although a mere agricultural village, it is a place of some size, and is said once to have been much larger, as the size of the church indeed implies. There is a local saying that " one half of the place is asleep, and the other half on tiptoe lest they should wake them up ! " The chief inn, " The Star," is itself worthy of a visit. This place of entertainment dates from 1520, and is thought to have been a resort of religious pilgrims