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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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  • PURE Autumn Art Fair

    Saturday 6th October for 9 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Battle

    The Prestigious PURE Autumn Art Fair returns to the PowderMills Hotel, Battle, East Sussex for its 9th consecutive edition between the ... more

  • PURE Autumn Art Fair

    Saturday 6th October for 9 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Battle

    PURE Autumn Art Fair 2018 The Prestigious PURE Autumn Art Fair returns to the PowderMills Hotel, Battle, East Sussex for its ... more

  • Battle of Hastings

    Saturday 13th October for 2 days
    Location: Battle

    Relive the atmosphere and tension of the Battle of Hastings as more than 600 warriors enact the Battle of Hastings. ... more

  • Battle of Hastings 2018

    Saturday 13th October for 2 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Re-live the atmosphere and tension, as more than 600 warriors clash in the infamous Battle of Hastings re-enactment. Witness the ... more

  • Haunted Abbey

    Saturday 20th October for 9 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    Feeling brave enough to take on the haunted abbey ruins of Battle? Be prepared to be scared this autumn half ... more

  • Northiam Bonfire Procession & Fireworks

    Saturday 20th October
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam's Bonfire Procession will be held on Saturday 20th October, leaving the Bonfire Field (on the A28 south of the ... more

  • Northiam Bonfire Procession

    Saturday 20th October
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam’s Bonfire Procession will be leaving the Bonfire Field (on the A28 south of the village) at 7.30pm, processing into ... more

  • An Evening With Richard Suart

    Friday 16th November
    Location: Newenden

    Richard Suart will play extracts from his recordings and talk of his life in opera, with special reference to English ... more

  • St Mary's Church Christmas Tree Festival

    Saturday 24th November for 2 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Battle

    Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary's Church from 24th/25th November and 1st/2nd December. All trees decorated by local groups or ... more

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