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Robertsbridge

Robertsbridge in East Sussex

Robertsbridge is believed to date back to 1176 when a Cistercian Abbey was founded there. It is likely that Robertsbridge got its name from Latin translation of ‘Pons Roberti’, the name given to the first bridge built across the river Rother by the founding Abbot - Robert de St Martin.

The village of Robertsbridge lies in the parish of Salehurst and Robertsbridge in East Sussex, and the River Rother flows through it. A market charter was granted to Robertsbridge in the 13th century and the town prospered, and grew as shown by the number of surviving timber framed houses, the oldest dating back to 1390. The parish church of St Mary the Virgin is mentioned in the Domesday Book and lies across the valley in Salehurst, opposite the remains of Robertsbridge Abbey, which is privately owned.

Robertsbridge is home to the Gray-Nicolls company, which started in 1876 with L.J. Nicolls making bats in his workshop – he supplied W G Grace with the bat he used when he scored his 100th century. Today Gray-Nicolls manufactures and supplies world famous cricket bats to customers all over the world.

In 1999, the Robertsbridge and Salehurst parish twinned with the town of St. Brice Courcelles in France. Robertsbridge is a busy village with many amenities, shops and pubs. The village no longer has so much traffic rushing through it as the A21 by-pass was built and completed in 1992. Robertsbridge has a station, with a good service on the main Hastings to London line.

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  • Bees and Gardening

    Thursday 1st September @ 10:00am
    Location: Hawkhurst

    Do come along to our August monthly meeting in the British Legion Hall to learn about the wonderful world of ... more

  • Bedgebury Pinetum Florilegium Society

    Saturday 3rd September for 15 days @ 9:30am
    Location: Ticehurst

    The Bedgebury Pinetum Florilegium Society exists to record the rare and endangered trees of the National Pinetum at Bedgebury. This ... more

  • Exhibition

    Sunday 4th September for 27 days
    Location: Robertsbridge

    Chris Levine at the blackShed Gallery, Robertsbridge. ... more

  • BBB10K

    Sunday 4th September
    Location: Battle

    BBB10K and Junior Race, High Street Battle. ... more

  • Beyond Bayeux

    Tuesday 6th September @ 7:30pm
    Location: Battle

    The concept, design and historical context of the tapestries of ​Kate Russell BEM and Pauline Black from Alderney and Tina ... more

  • Historic Experiences History Walk

    Friday 9th September
    Location: Battle

    Join Tina Brown, local tour guide for 75 minutes of history! Discover the past and explore Battle in a unique ... more

  • Craft Fayre

    Saturday 17th September @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Bonfire Society’s next Craft Fayre . There will be over 30 varied, quality stalls featuring local craftspeople and makers. ... more

  • Craft Fayre

    Saturday 17th September @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Bonfire Society's next CRAFT FAYRE will be held in Northiam Village Hall on Saturday 17th September 10am to 2pm. ... more

  • Lazy Sunday Jazz Afternoon

    Sunday 18th September
    Location: Gill's Green

    Moodswing, jazz duo playing from 3pm at the bar ... more

  • 1066 Charity Walk

    Sunday 25th September
    Location: Battle

    1066 Charity Walk for St Michael's Hospice. ... more

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