A SUSSEX village has been named as the perfect place to live for "bleak geeks hunting for melancholy solace on a blustery beach".

In analysis by The Telegraph and estate agent Savills, Pevensey was described as one of the UK's best all-season seaside spots.

It said: "It has a lonely shingle beach, marshland and a dark history, but there's plenty of fun to be had too."

Among the attractions highlighted by The Telegraph include the village's Observatory Science Centre, battlements and dungeons, and its array of pubs and cafes around the seafront and the Roman castle, where Henry V imprisoned his stepmother Joan of Navarre for witchcraft.

Listed alongside Pevensey as places "for those who prefer a lonely beach and the seaside on a blustery winter's day" were Sidmouth in Devon, praised for its well-maintained Regency architecture and the dramatic red cliffs that flank the town, and Whitburn in Tyne and Wear, described by a local estate agent as a "quintessential seaside village but minus any tackiness".

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