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The small village of Robertsbridge is located about 10kms from Battle.
The Village is believed to date back to 1176, when the only Cistercian Abbey in Sussex was built on the site of the current War Memorial. The Abbey was moved to the village of Salehurst.
I found the village quite interesting.
Plenty of history, like the story of Richard the Lionheart, who in 1193 was captured and it was Abbot William of Robertsbridge Abbey who was commisioned by Parliament to find the King. He was located in the Castle of Derstein in Bavaria, and William successfully negotiated his release for 150,000 marks.
I found many nice old homes that are Wealden Hall houses from the 14th and 15th Centuries. These homes show a period of wealth possibly due to the weekly market that was granted the village by Henry III in 1254.
Do you know the Hawkhurst Gang? They were smugglers who killed a Revenue Officer near here. This area was well known for smuggler's and robber's.
In the late 1800's cricket bats and equipment were manufactured in Robertsbridge and still are today.
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