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


The village is thought 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. The abbey was dissolved in 1538; 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 the historic High Street. Robertsbridge is also home to the Robertsbridge Codex (1360), a music manuscript of the 14th century. It contains the earliest surviving music written specifically for keyboard.

Robertsbridge is well served by transport links – with the Robertsbridge railway station on the main railway line from Hastings to London and the A21 trunk road, although the latter has problems with transport delays. The opening of the Robertsbridge bypass, in 1989, relieved the village of constant traffic through it.

Robertsbridge Community College, a specialist mathematics and computer college, is the smallest such in the county of East Sussex.[3] Also, as well as the secondary school in the village, there is a primary school (Salehurst Church of England Primary), a school with an exceedingly good reputation throughout the area.

Among sports clubs is the Robertsbridge RUFC,[4] and Robertsbridge Cricket Club.[5] Robertsbridge also has its own 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 at Grade II, is nearby.[8]

Robertsbridge is home to 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].

Notable residents (past and present)


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.[11]

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.[12][13]


  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. ^ "The United Reformed Church, High Street (east side), Robertsbridge, Salehurst, Rother, East Sussex". The National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "Bethel Strict Baptist Chapel, High Street (east side), Robertsbridge, Salehurst, Rother, East Sussex". The National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. 2011. 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. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics". Statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics". Statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  13. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics". Statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 

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