Staplecross in East Sussex

Google map showing area surrounding Staplecross
(Mothers grudge hangs son)
Location: 50.973589,0.536188
General Details
Staplecross in East Sussex lies 9 miles north of Hastings on the B2165.

Although it is little more than a hamlet on a T-junction, consisting of a handful of houses and a pub, it holds historical importance.

During the middle ages and later it was the central point of the Hundred of Staple, consisting of the villages of Northiam , Ewhurst Green , Bodiam , and Sedlescombe , along with parts of Brede , Mountfield and Whatlington .

The Hundred was a Saxon territorial subdivision, named possibly because it contained 100 families, or provided 100 men-at-arms for the area.

In 1833 William Goodsell, a resident of Staplecross, was accused of starting a fire in a farm building at nearby Ewhurst Green . He was tried in Lewes, and found guilty. He confessed to the crime, claiming that he was carrying out his mothers wishes, as she had a grudge against the farmer. He was hanged at Horsham, and his body returned to Ewhurst Green for burial.
For the nicest view in Staplecross in East Sussex , take the Bodiam road, and stop just past the buildings. Look north towards Bodiam , and the steep hills of the Rother valley lie in front of you. This view is spectacular on a late summer evening, when the sun is low in the sky.
The village has few services, and the market town of Battle provides many services. The main shopping area is in Hastings 9 miles South.

The Hawkhurst to Hastings bus service travels through the village providing an infrequent service.

The nearest trains can be caught at the stations in Battle about 6 miles South West, or Robertsbridge about 6 miles North West.
Staplecross is shown as the red symbol on the map.

Nearby Villages

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Village= Town= Recorded in Domesday=
Battle (William the Conqueror prevails)4.53 miles
Beckley (Alfred the Great and Guns !)
4.60 miles
Bodiam (The finest ruined castle in the Country)
2.09 miles
Brede (Edward I inspects the Channel Fleet)3.73 miles
Brightling (famous for Mad Jack Fuller)
6.04 miles
Broad Oak Brede (On the Crossroads)3.18 miles
Burwash (The home of Rudyard Kipling)6.70 miles
Cripps Corner (Home Guard surprises the Army)0.86 miles
Etchingham (The oldest Brass Weather Vane in the country)4.91 miles
Ewhurst Green (Great Fire of London contributions)1.54 miles
Hurst Green (The Youngest Highwayman on record)4.24 miles
Icklesham (Paul McCartney's Recording Studio)7.10 miles
Mountfield (17th Century Coal !!)
2.74 miles
Netherfield (Village at the top of the Hill)
5.02 miles
Newenden (Alfred the Great's Fort)
4.48 miles
Northiam (Prime Ministers D Day inspection)3.14 miles
Peasmarsh (Black Death moves village)6.21 miles
Penhurst (Beautiful yet Remote)
6.59 miles
Robertsbridge (The Home of Modern Cricket)2.89 miles
Salehurst (Richard the Lion Heart's Gift)
2.36 miles
Sandhurst (Escape from the Great Plague)
3.90 miles
Sedlescombe (Best gunpowder in Europe)
2.78 miles
Udimore (Angels move the Church)
5.43 miles
Whatlington (King Harold's Manor)
2.72 miles
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