Robertsbridge is located in the Rother district of East Sussex, in the civil parish of Salehurst and Robertsbridge. 12 miles north of Hastings on the A21, its population of 2600 makes it the largest in the area.
Much of the high street looks almost identical to a hundred-year-old photo. With a black-and-white filter over a recent image, you could be forgiven for thinking you’d been handed something out of a Victorian photo album.
Footland Wood and Darwell Reservoir offer nearby attractions for anyone looking to immerse themselves in nature, while Bodiam Castle represents the nearest National Trust site. For anyone with an interest in history, Roberstbridge has plenty; just 10 miles inland from Hastings itself, there is more than enough within a 20-mile radius to keep everyone interested.
The name comes, somewhat unsurprisingly, from a man named Robert’s decision to build a bridge over the river at Salehurst, and the settlement can be traced back over a thousand years. Robertsbridge began to really flourish throughout the 13th century as it turned into a prosperous market town.
By the 1900s, the settlement was beginning to garner a reputation for its production of cricket bats. L. James Nicolls and W.G. Grace both used equipment from the village, and the brand is now one of the most well known in the cricketing world under the name of Gray-Nicolls.