Local history

Here are some quick facts about Wadhurst – a pretty market town only 2 miles from Bewl Rookery:

  • Granted a Royal Charter in 1253
  • Within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • The centre of the Mediaeval iron on industry, the parish church of St Peter and St Paul has more iron memorials than any other church in England, dated between 1617 and 1799
  • The last bare knuckle prize fight took place here in 1863
  • Local oak was used to build warships at Chatham and the hammer-beam roof of Westminster Hall
  • Voted Best Pace to Live in the South East 2017
  • A variety of typical village shops that you rarely find these days.

Have a look at the Wadhurst History Walk Brochure for more information on the town.

 

Find out more about the history of Bewl Water, the beautiful reservoir just a short walk from our back door. Set up as a reservoir to fill the Medway towns and other places in Kent and East Sussex in 1975, it is also an active sports area for sailing, fishing, walking and cycling.