Salehurst, (East Sussex)

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Salehurst is situated 13 Miles North of Hastings and 5 Miles south of the Kent border.

Salehurst is an old Saxon settlement which is described in the Domesday book(1086 AD) as having been destroyed by the Normans just before the Battle of Hastings in 1066. It is believed that the illustration on the Bayeux Tapestry of Saxon homes being destroyed was based on events around Salehurst.

The name Salehurst derives from the Anglo Saxon Sealh meaning willow, and hurst a thick wood.

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Until the dissolution of the monasteries the Parish contained Robertsbridge Abbey. Some remains still exist, however they are only open to the public occasionally with only the refectory wall surviving. It is thought that an undercroft of the present day farmhouse is probably a part of the original Abbey.

St Mary the Virgin, Salehurst, is reputed to be the largest rural parish church in Sussex. This view of the nave gives some idea of the cavernous space.

Other Salehurst parishes:

Hurst Green.

Places of worship:

Church details, together with baptism, marriage, monumental inscription & burial records can be accessed by clicking on the church name.

Bethel Strict Baptist Chapel, Robertsbridge

Congregational Methodist Church, Robertsbridge

Former Robertsbridge Abbey

Mission Chapel, Robertsbridge

Salvation Army Hall, Robertsbridge

St Mary

Wesleyan Chapel, Robertsbridge

Census returns:

The OPC Database has no census returns for people residing in this parish yet.

People born in this parish but residing elsewhere:

1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1851 census.

50 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.

1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.


Grid reference: 574500, 124500 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 246 poll register entries for people entitled to vote in this parish.

1641 Protestation Returns:

There are no protestation returns for this parish in the OPC database.


The OPC database contains 60 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.


There are 103 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

POWPics (The new Roughwood churches album) contains 2 photographs of churches in this parish. This album will also display any postcards or other images of churches which are in the Sussex OPC database.

Postal directories:

The OPC database contains 7 postal directory entries for this parish, (breakdown below).

6 entries from the 1791 Universal British Directory.

1 entry from the 1832 Pigot's Directory of Sussex.

The OPC database contains the following directory sections which cover this parish.

1791 Universal British Directory for Battel.

1832 Pigot's Directory of Sussex for Battle.

1791 Universal British Directory for Battel.

1867 Kelly's Directory for Salehurst is available on the GENUKI site


There are 2 books about this parish in the Sussex OPC Bibliography.

There are 10 articles about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.

There are 4 people from this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Society Members Index.


The OPC database contains 2 wills of people who lived in this parish.

The OPC database contains 1 will which mention this parish.

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