At the Beach!

Our area of the beach is close to the historically famous Galley Hill

Bexhill - on - Sea

Galley Hill is the highest point on the south coast between Eastbourne and St Leonards. It has amazing views out to sea and along the coast, in both directions, this is why it has been used for defensive purposes since at least Napoleonic times. It is also a key place for observing any smuggling activity which was plentiful all along the Sussex coastline between 1700 and 1840. A Martello Tower once stood upon it, which was the gathering point for the Blockademen before their struggle with smugglers in the Battle of Sidley Green in January 1828.

galley hill 1             galley hill 4

galley hill 3             galley hill 2

The town of Bexhill even has an entry in the Doomesday Book 1086 - That's in the reign of William the Conqueror

  • Hundred: Bexhill
  • Area: Hastings
  • County: Sussex
  • Total population: 80 households
  • Total tax assessed: 20 geld units
  • Taxable units: Taxable value 20 geld units. Taxed on 20.0.
  • Value: Value to lord in 1066 £20. Value to lord in 1086 £18.5.
  • Households: 53 villagers. 27 cottagers.
  • Ploughland: 26 ploughlands (land for). 5 lord's plough teams. 33 men's plough teams.
  • Other resources: 3.0 lord's lands. Meadow 6 acres. 2 churches.
  • Tenant-in-chief in 1086: Robert (Count of Eu)