You can’t beat the local shop. If it closed - because you didn’t use it enough - then your life would be less complete.
This is the Firle Store and Post Office in olden days. It’s still going strong.
Local stores may be more expensive than supermarkets but they often offer a higher level of service and more personal touches.
They know their customers and the customers know them.
Firle, by the way, is Furrel in Sussex dialect. Th word refers to an old-English/Anglo-Saxon word, ‘fierol’, meaning overgrown with oak.
The Ram Inn is the only remaining one of the village’s three original public houses, that previously all acted as resting stops on the Lewes to Alfriston coach road. It used also to be the village court room where the rents for tenant farmers were collected and set.
The area in front of The Ram is called The Beach, not to be confused with The Dock which is further up the street.
Firle Cricket Club was founded in 1758 and is said to be one of the oldest in the country.