Robertsbridge

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Robertsbridge
Robertsbridge High Street.jpg
View of High Street
Robertsbridge is located in East Sussex
Robertsbridge
Robertsbridge
Location within East Sussex
Area 18.15 km2 (7.01 sq mi) [1]
Population 2,641 (Parish-2010)[1]
2,624 (2001 census)
• Density 146/km2 (380/sq mi)
OS grid reference TQ737235
• London 44 miles (71 km) NW
Civil parish
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ROBERTSBRIDGE
Postcode district TN32
Dialling code 01580
Police Sussex
Fire East Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
Website Salehurst and Robertsbridge Parish Council
List of places
UK
England
East Sussex
50°59′N 0°28′E / 50.99°N 0.47°E / 50.99; 0.47Coordinates: 50°59′N 0°28′E / 50.99°N 0.47°E / 50.99; 0.47

Robertsbridge is a village in the civil parish of Salehurst and Robertsbridge, and the Rother district of East Sussex, England. It is approximately 10 miles (16 km) north of Hastings and 13 miles (21 km) south-east of Royal Tunbridge Wells. The River Rother passes through the village.

Overview

The village is thought[by whom?] to date back to 1176 when a Cistercian abbey was founded there by the Abbot, Robert de St Martin. When a market charter was granted in 1198 by Richard I to Robertsbridge (Pons Roberti in Latin) it was the first recorded use of the name.[citation needed] The abbey was dissolved in 1538;[citation needed] however, the town flourished, and many of the oldest existing houses in the village date from the 14th and 15th centuries,[2] including The Seven Stars Inn on High Street.[citation needed] At Robertsbridge is the Robertsbridge Codex (1360), a music manuscript of the 14th century. It contains the earliest surviving music written specifically for keyboard.[citation needed]

Robertsbridge railway station is on the main railway line from Hastings to London, and the A21 trunk road. Robertsbridge bypass opened in 1989.[citation needed]

Robertsbridge Community College, a specialist mathematics and computer college, is the smallest such in the county of East Sussex.[3][not in citation given] The local primary school is Salehurst Church of England Primary School.

Robertsbridge cultural organizations include Robertsbridge Arts Partnership (RAP], a Jazz Club and Robertsbridge Wine Club (RWC).[citation needed]

Sports clubs include Robertsbridge RUFC,[4] and Robertsbridge Cricket Club.[5] Robertsbridge has a bonfire society.[6]

Robertsbridge United Reformed Church, a Grade II-listed chapel built in 1881, stands on the High Street.[7] The former Bethel Strict Baptist Chapel, built in 1842 and also listed Grade II, is nearby.[where?] [8] At Robertsbridge is the Bruderhof, a residential Anabaptist community known as Darvell, who number about 300. They run a publishing house called Plough[9], a manufacturing facility and school[10][11].

Notable people


Demography

Population Salehurst and Robertsbridge Parish CP
2001 UK Census Count
All people 2624
All males 1271
All females 1353
People aged 0–4 169
People aged 5–15 415
People aged 16–24 229
People aged 25–44 684
People aged 45–64 675
People aged 65–74 251
People aged 75 and over 201

The demographics above are drawn from the National Statistics Office, 2001 Census. As data is not available for Robertsbridge in isolation, the table includes the entire parish of Salehurst and Robertsbridge.[12]

Ethnic and Religious Breakdown for Salehurst Ward, compared by percentage
2001 UK Census Salehurst Ward Rother District South East England England
White 98.48 98.11 95.1 90.92
Mixed 0.75 0.62 1.07 1.31
Asian 0.11 0.44 2.33 4.57
Black 0.25 0.19 0.71 2.3
Chinese 0.41 1.73 0.78 0.89
Christian 77.55 76.5 72.78 71.74
Buddhist 0.18 0.18 0.28 0.28
Hindu 0.07 0.14 0.56 1.11
Jewish 0.11 0.15 0.24 0.52
Muslim 0.11 0.64 1.36 3.1
Sikh 0.09 0.03 0.47 0.67
Other religions 0.33 0.35 0.36 0.29
No religion 13.89 13.91 16.5 14.59
Religion not stated 7.67 8.1 7.46 7.69

As data for the table above is not available for Robertsbridge in isolation, it is drawn from the Salehurst Ward which covers a larger area including Salehurst, Robertsbridge and Bodiam.[13][14]

References

  1. ^ a b East Sussex in Figures, East Sussex County Council Retrieved 27 October 2010
  2. ^ "Robertsbridge Medieval Village". aboutrobertsbridge.org.uk.
  3. ^ Robertsbridge Community College
  4. ^ "Robertsbridge Rugby Football Club". rrfc.org.uk.
  5. ^ "Robertsbridge CC". play-cricket.com.
  6. ^ Bonfire society website
  7. ^ Historic England (2011). "The United Reformed Church, High Street (east side), Robertsbridge, Salehurst, Rother, East Sussex (1221451)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  8. ^ Historic England (2011). "Bethel Strict Baptist Chapel, High Street (east side), Robertsbridge, Salehurst, Rother, East Sussex (1221399)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
  9. ^ "About Us". Plough. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  10. ^ "Darvell Bruderhof | Diggers and Dreamers". www.diggersanddreamers.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  11. ^ "A Day With The Bruderhof". james clarke photography. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  12. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics". Statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 26 June 2010.
  13. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics". Statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 26 June 2010.
  14. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics". Statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 26 June 2010.

External links

  • Media related to Robertsbridge at Wikimedia Commons
  • Salehurst and Robertsbridge Parish Council (website covering parish matters in an official capacity)
  • The Official Robertsbridge Community College (Secondary School) Website
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