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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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  • In the Garden

    Friday 31st March @ 6:00pm
    Location: Ticehurst

    Join us for a glass of bubbly at the opening of our next exhibition. Summer is here. Those early signs ... more

  • Great Dixter Plant Fair

    Saturday 1st April for 2 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Plant nurseries from the UK, Scotland and France will be selling and talking plants. Dogs and children free. Home made ... more

  • The Secret Service in England from Tudors to 2017

    Thursday 20th April
    Location: Battle

    Battle & District Historical Society: ​present a talk - 'The Secret Service in England from the Tudors to 2017' by ... more

  • Streets of Battle

    Saturday 29th April @ noon
    Location: Battle

    Free family entertainment in the streets of Battle. Top quality Street Performers bring you some of the UK's best street ... more

  • Quiz Night

    Saturday 29th April
    Location: Northiam

    Quiz Night - Tickets £7.50 to include food. Tables of 8 - to book contact 01797 252114 or contactus@northiambonfiresociety.co.uk - ... more

  • The New Churchyard and Burial in Early Modern Lond

    Wednesday 17th May
    Location: Battle

    Battle & District Historical Society: ​present a talk - 'The New Churchyard and Burial in Early Modern London: New Insights ... more

  • Flix and Pix

    Saturday 20th May for 2 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Hawkhurst

    Hawkhurst's annual Film and Photographic Festival, with special film screenings taking place at Kino Hawkhurst between Friday, 19th May and ... more

  • Streets of Battle

    Saturday 27th May @ noon
    Location: Battle

    Free family entertainment in the streets of Battle. Top quality Street Performers bring you some of the UK's best street ... more

  • Family Fun Days in the Museum

    Tuesday 1st August
    Location: Battle

    All welcome to our Family Fun Days in the Museum - for further information visit http://www.battlelocalhistory.com/events---membership.html ... more

  • Family Fun Days in the Museum

    Tuesday 8th August
    Location: Battle

    All welcome to our Family Fun Days in the Museum - for further information visit http://www.battlelocalhistory.com/events---membership.html ... more

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