"Rottingdean" Brighton Off The Beaten Path Tip by hayward68

Brighton Off The Beaten Path: 58 reviews and 67 photos

  Rottingdean, Sussex
by hayward68

Visit the village of Rottingdean east along the coast from Brighton. A former smuggler's village, at least I presume it's former and not still going on, it was named by the Saxons, Rottingdean meaning "the valley of Rota's people." It's picturesque village and located on the seaside.
See the former homes of such notable authors as Rudyard Kipling at the Elms, and Enid Bagnold, she wrote National Velvet.
If you find yourself wandering past of wall of Kipling's house, look for the stone face in the flint wall. It is supposedly a wishing stone, rub the nose, and then turn yourself clockwise three times on the spot to have your wish granted. But you can wish for personal riches, no "I want to win a million dollars."
Wander around the village, feed the ducks in the pond and visit buildings such as Whipping Post House, which was home to Captain Dunk, one of those aforementioned smuggers. The building takes its name from a punishment previously held here, that of the whipping post. There was also a dunking stool, hence Captain Dunk.
After all that wandering around you may wish to stop for refreshments, possibly at the Old Cottage Tearooms, a 400 year old haunted establishment, or at the Black Horse Inn, a 500 year old listed building.

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  • Updated Oct 30, 2003
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