Peacehaven is a relatively new town located in the Lewes district of East Sussex, England. It sits above the chalk cliffs of the South Downs, some six miles east of Brighton city centre.
Most famously, it is the site where the Greenwich meridian crosses the English south coast. Before a day of sight-seeing, why not tuck into an Afternoon Tea in Peacehaven?
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Although evidence exists of human habitation dating back to the Bronze Age, Peacehaven as a settlement didn’t start until 1916. This was when entrepreneur Charles Neville purchased land to sell on to ex-service personnel returning from the First World War.
A well-advertised competition to name the town saw it initially dubbed “New Anzac-on-Sea”. This was in honour of Allied soldiers from New Zealand and Australia fighting overseas.
For a year, the name stuck. However, in time, it was deemed inappropriate, and another competition was held. Eventually, the town changed to “Peacehaven” in the hope that the war would soon end.
Today, over one hundred years since the armistice, walking around this lovely area does, indeed, bring a sense of peace. Once you’ve soaked up the views, why not visit an Afternoon Tea Peacehaven establishment for a cuppa and cake?