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Ashburnham

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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  • Brother in Art - John and Paul Nash

    Saturday 1st October for 31 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Battle

    British design British made will be showcasing and offering for sale exceptional quality Limited Edition Prints of selected works by ... more

  • Historic Experiences History Walk

    Saturday 8th October
    Location: Battle

    Join Tina Brown, local tour guide for 75 minutes of history! Discover the past and explore Battle in a unique ... more

  • Concorde1066

    Friday 14th October
    Location: Battle

    Concorde 1066, town civic event to commemorate 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. ... more

  • The Battle Of Hastings

    Saturday 15th October for 2 days
    Location: Battle

    Battle of Hastings at Battle Abbey - see website for full details. ... more

  • 1066 Way to Battle Race

    Sunday 16th October
    Location: Battle

    1066 Way To Battle race, Pevensey Castle – Battle Abbey 17 miles This event is part of the celebrations of ... more

  • Brothers in Art - John and Paul Nash

    Tuesday 18th October @ 7:15pm
    Location: Battle

    A passionate advocate of 20th century British painting and design, James Russell writes and lectures widely. He also curates exhibitions, ... more

  • Pure Arts Group at Powdermills

    Saturday 22nd October for 9 days
    Location: Battle

    Pure Arts Group annual Art Fair, Powdermills Hotel, Battle ... more

  • Haunted Abbey

    Saturday 22nd October for 9 days
    Location: Battle

    Haunted Abbey,, 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield Battle Abbey. For further details visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/1066-battle-of-hastings-abbey-and-battlefield/ ... more

  • Abbey After Dark

    Thursday 27th October for 3 days
    Location: Battle

    Abbey After Dark, Battle Abbey - age 13+. For further details visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/1066-battle-of-hastings-abbey-and-battlefield/ ... more

  • Battle Bonfire

    Saturday 5th November
    Location: Battle

    Battle Bonfire ad Torchlight procession ... more

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