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St Peters church (Stonegate East Sussex)
The current village of Stonegate was located at the cross roads of two old Roman roads, one linking Pevensey with the inland hills, and the other linking Bardown(an old Roman iron works to the north of the village), with the sea possibly at Etchingham or Salehurst .

Once the Romans had left, the area returned to its rural existance. After the Norman invasion it became part of the Robertsbridge Abbey lands, and on its dissolution in 1539 by Henry VIII, its ownership was transferred to the Sidney family.

In 1836, Stonegate became a district in its own right and the small village was given a church in 1838. This was demolished in the early 1900's due to bad workmanship, and a new one built in 1904.

1851 saw the railway build from Tunbridge Wells , this was originally known as Witheringden, after the mill on the Rother valley. Next it became Ticehurst Road, as it was the nearest station to the large settlement of Ticehurst , finally it became known as Stonegate .


Stonegate has very few services as it is only a small village.

The London to Hastings railway service stops at Stonegate station, but this is about 1 mile from the village. The service provides a 1 hour 5 minute journey to Cannon Street and Charing Cross.

This service runs approximately every 20 minutes in the rush hour, and hourly in between.

The nearest shopping centre is Wadhurst about 4 miles North West, with the main centres in Hastings approx 15 miles South East and Tunbridge Wells about 10 miles North West.


Stonegate is towards the top of a hill, with one of its best views from a point just South of the station across the Rother Valley towards Burwash Weald .

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