History of Bexhill

Each of the following links, on the table below, will take you to a section giving part of the history of Bexhill from the point of view of many trusted researchers.

At the moment, this is a work-in-progress but more will be added as time goes on.

A Potted History of Bexhill

Bexhill from Saxon times to its decline as a tourist destination in the 1960

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Beaufort Park Roman Baths

A report, on “Beauport Park Roman Baths and Bloomery”, based upon excavation of the site in the early 1970s. Updated with information gathered from  TV’s “Time Team.

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Early Wars

Bexhill’s location on the south coast has always made it vulnerable to the threat of invasion. It is recorded that in 771 King Offa of Mercia defeated the men of Hastings at Pevensey.

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Saxon Bexhill

The first reference to Bexhill is in a charter of King Offa in 772AD. Some of the stone work in St. Peter's Church is also believed to be Saxon.

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Bexhill in 1066

The invasion fleet landed on the coast around Pevensey. William defeated King Harold on the 14th October, 1066 at the Battle of Hastings and was crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey on the 25th December, 1066.

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Natural History of Bexhill

The Bexhill area has a number of diverse wildlife habitats determined by the underlying geology, climatic variations and the influence of humans.

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Smuggling in Bexhill

Goods such as tea, brandy, gin, tobacco and luxury goods were smuggled into this country during the 18th and early 19th centuries.

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1902 : Bexhill’s Glorious Year

1902 is the single most important year in Bexhill’s history. The central occasion locally was the Incorporation of Bexhill as a Borough

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Bexhill Suffragettes

On 10th October 1903, Emmeline Pankhurst and her three daughters Christabel, Sylvia and Adela set up the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in Manchester.

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The development of Bexhill-on-Sea as a fashionable late-Victorian resort was very rapid. For centuries’s the inland settlement of Bexhill village (or the Old Town, as we now know it today.) remained largely unchanged.

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Bexhill Developments

A look at some of the new developments that have taken place around Bexhill since the begining of the 1900s.

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