Salehurst in East Sussex

Google map showing area surrounding Salehurst
(Richard the Lion Heart's Gift)
Location: 50.991975,0.490694
General Details
St. Mary the Virgin church (Salehurst East Sussex)Salehurst in East Sussex is an old Saxon settlement that is mentioned in the Domesday book(1086 AD), as having been destroyed by the Normans just before the Battle of Hastings in 1066 ( Battle ). It is believed that the illustration on the Bayeux Tapestry of Saxon homes being destroyed was based on events surrounding Salehurst .

Nowadays the area is arable, and many hops are grown in its surrounding fields.

In 1210 Robertsbridge Abbey was moved to a site opposite the church on the other side of the river. This event probably revived the hamlet of Salehurst , with the church being given its Salmander Font by the Abbot. This was a gift to Robertsbridge Abbey for its part in the discovery and eventual return of Richard the Lion Heart , from imprisonment by the Bavarians(See Robertsbridge ). Robertsbridge Abbey was an important place as Henry III visited the Abbey in 1225 and 1264, and Edward II in 1295 and 1297. The body of Sir John Pelham and his wife were buried here and also Sir Edward Dalyngrigge ( builder of Bodiam castle ) together with his wife.

During medieval times the main road from London came down from Hurst Green to the church at Salehurst , then across the valley and up into Robertsbridge .

In 1538, the abbey was closed by Henry VIII, and the village started to decline. The 1597 local records show about 50 properties in the locality of the church, nowadays 3 farms, and a dozen houses.

In the churchyard lie a number of tombstones decorated with Harmer terracotta plaques.

This village is associated with the Sussex Bonfire Societies , who provide noisy processions, unbelievable outfits and fantastic firework displays throughout the month of November - a spectacle not to be missed.
There are many views in Salehurst in East Sussex one of the best is from the other side of the Rother, found via the footpath beside the church, looking back towards Salehurst church.

This view can also be seen by walking down the small road which is found facing East in the middle of the Robertsbridge byepass (Fair Lane).
Salehurst in East Sussex has limited services, but nearby Robertsbridge about 1 1/2 miles has a wide variety, including trains and buses.

The church at Salehurst also services Robertsbridge , and there is a public house in the village.

The lack of local services is made up for by the peaceful rural atmosphere. The nearest large town is Hastings about 10 miles South, the smaller towns of Battle approx 5 miles South, and Tenterden approx 10 miles North East also provide services for the area.
Salehurst is shown as the red symbol on the map.

Nearby Villages

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Village= Town= Recorded in Domesday=
Beckley (Alfred the Great and Guns !)
6.52 miles
Bodiam (The finest ruined castle in the Country)
2.21 miles
Brede (Edward I inspects the Channel Fleet)6.06 miles
Brightling (famous for Mad Jack Fuller)
4.46 miles
Broad Oak Brede (On the Crossroads)5.54 miles
Burwash (The home of Rudyard Kipling)4.50 miles
Burwash Common (Roughest pub in the South East)6.56 miles
Burwash Weald (Roughest pub in the South East)6.12 miles
Cripps Corner (Home Guard surprises the Army)2.64 miles
Dallington (Custers Last Stand!)
6.61 miles
Etchingham (The oldest Brass Weather Vane in the country)2.55 miles
Ewhurst Green (Great Fire of London contributions)2.79 miles
Hawkhurst (A Notorious Gang of Smugglers)
3.89 miles
Hurst Green (The Youngest Highwayman on record)2.03 miles
Mountfield (17th Century Coal !!)
2.52 miles
Netherfield (Village at the top of the Hill)
4.29 miles
Newenden (Alfred the Great's Fort)
5.64 miles
Northiam (Prime Ministers D Day inspection)4.77 miles
Robertsbridge (The Home of Modern Cricket)0.90 miles
Sandhurst (Escape from the Great Plague)
3.99 miles
Staplecross (Mothers grudge hangs son)2.36 miles
Stonegate (Ancient Roman Cross Road)5.71 miles
Ticehurst (Anne Boleyn and Pashley Manor)5.19 miles
Whatlington (King Harold's Manor)
3.74 miles
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