Winchelsea is a small town in the non-metropolitan county of East Sussex, within the historical area of Sussex, England, located between the High Weald as well as the Romney Marsh, roughly 2 miles (3.2 kilometres) south west of Rye as well as 7 miles (11 kilometres) north east of Hastings. The town depends on the site of a middle ages community, founded in 1288, to replace an earlier community of the exact same name, in some cases referred to as Old Winchelsea, which was lost to coastal erosion. The town is part of the civil parish of Icklesham. It is claimed by some homeowners that the community is in truth the smallest town in Britain, as there is a mayor and company in Winchelsea, however that case is contested by areas such as Fordwich. The mayor of Winchelsea is selected each year from amongst the participants of the company, who are referred to as freemen, as opposed to being chosen by public ballot. New freemen are themselves chosen by existing members of the corporation. Therefore, in its present form, the firm is successfully an antique of Winchelsea's days as a 'rotten borough' (when Winchelsea elected two MPs however the number of citizens was restricted to about a lots, sometimes less). The company lost its remaining civil and judicial powers in 1886 yet was maintained as a charity by an Act of Parliament to keep the membership of the Cinque Port Confederation. The mayor and company in Winchelsea now have a mostly ceremonial function, along with duty for the ongoing care and upkeep of the major provided old monoliths in the town and the Winchelsea museum. Winchelsea makes up neither a city government district, civil parish neither charter trustees area.