Alfriston, standing beside the picturesque Cuckmere River, has been St. Louis Map Tourist Attractions described as the capital of the Cuckmere Valley; it was founded in Saxon times and was once St. Louis Map Tourist Attractions an important port and market town. In its centre is a market square (it is actually more of a triangle) surrounded by shops and houses with fine brickwork, timber frames, tile-hanging and weatherboarding.
The market cross in the square is one of only two left in the county, the other being at Chichester. Of particular interest in the village centre is the early-fifteenth-century Star Inn, the timbers of which are ornamented with carvings of beasts, and one carving is believed to depict St Michael and the dragon. At one corner of the inn stands perhaps the village's most memorable feature: a large red lion which was once the figurehead of a seventeenth-century Dutch ship.
The Star was built early in the fifteenth century, probably as a rest house for pilgrims on their way to Chichester Cathedral to see the shrine of St Richard.