Ashburnham

Ashburnham in East Sussex Village Guide

About Ashburnham in East Sussex

Ashburnham has a long history and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. It gets its name from the local stream, which is the Ashbourne. The village is scattered over a wide area and is concealed in a labyrinth of lanes. It was once the centre of a thriving iron ore industry and its blast furnace was the last to close in Sussex.

Ashburnham Place lies in a beautiful park and gardens, designed by Capability Brown. The Ashburnham family had connections with the village, which can be traced back to the 12th century, until 1953 when Lady Catherine Ashburnham died. Today the Ashburnham Christian Trust uses the family house and buildings.

St Peter’s parish church lies close to the house and is well worth a visit as it holds remarkable monuments dedicated to the Ashburnham family. It is said the John Ashburnham, who served as the King’s Groom of the Bedchamber to King Charles I brought back some clothes worn by the king at the time of his execution in 1649. These relics were kept in the church, as they were believed to have healing properties if touched.

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Stephen Mason – Silk Painting
Stephen Mason - Silk Painting

I offer Silk painting sessions over two or three days at my studio and C17 home in Battle. No previous … more

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Lord Thomas Ashburnham

For those interested, Lord Thomas Ashburnham got married & lived in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. He and his wife Maria … more

Sir Charles Ahburnham

Is there any interest in a silver tube containing scrolls of writings presented to Sir Charles Ashburnham by the people … more

Attractions and Activities

Sidley Martlets Bowls Club

A delightful secluded club with a clubhouse, bar, toilets, disabled toilet, changing rooms. A more friendly bunch of people,you couldn’t hope to meet!

Bexhill Coronation Bandstand

The Bexhill Coronation Bandstand holds a significant place in history and culture. Beyond its transformation into a multi-purpose space in 2023, it has played a role in the town’s social life and events over the years. Originally commissioned by the … more

1066 Cycle Club

Group of local people who enjoy cycling and want to improve cycling facilities in Battle, Robertsbridge, and the surrounding “1066” area.

Accommodation

Poppinghole Farm Cottages

Poppinghole Farm Cottages are situated on a farm in rural Robertsbridge, in an area of outstanding natural beauty at the heart of Sussex countryside. It is close to many places of interest including glorious gardens, ancient castles and historic towns; … more

Rosemary Cottage

Situated in 1066 country in a rural location. Rosemary Cottage is set on the edge of Hooe Village near Battle (6 miles), Bexhill(4 miles) and Eastbourne (8 miles). There are castles, vineyards, beaches, walks, bird watching, children’s amusement parks, golf, … more

Claverton Hotel

Set in an Edwardian country house within secluded landscaped gardens, Claverton Hotel is located on a country lane.

Restaurants

De La Warr Pavilion

The first public Modernist building to be opened in the UK in 1935, this Grade 1 listed, internationally renowned icon re-opened after a £9m lottery funded restoration and redevelopment. It is now the South East region’s most significant centre for … more

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