"Brighton is almost by Beachey Head"



Beachy Head is a chalk headland on the English south coast, near Eastbourne in East Sussex. It has always been an important landmark for sailors in the Channel and, because of its exceptional height, it has also become a notorious suicide site.

Historically, it was known as Beauchef or Beaucheif (Fr. 'beautiful headland'), and it is interesting to note that it is marked Beau Cliff on the 17th century map which appears below.

17th century map of Sussex
Public Domain17th century map of Sussex - Credit: Wenzel Hollar