Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Brede Village and Parish

Origin of Village Name
Brede is most likely derived from the Anglo Saxon Braed(Broad) which described the sea estuary towards Westfield . The village is first mentioned in a charter from the time of King Canute (1016 - 1035). It is possible that the name came from the "Brid" family who were masters of the mint at Hastings, but this is less likely. The mint was founded by King Aethelstan in 924. In 1030 the Manor of Brede was granted to the Abbey of Fecamp in Normandy, and until 1416, Brede was controlled by the Abbey. The church was built by the Benidictine monks from the Abbey around 1180. Very little of the early church remains, and the majority stems from the 12th century.
In 1297 on the 9th August, the whole of the channel fleet was inspected by King Edward I about 1 mile to the east of Brede Bridge in the harbour at Winchelsea now rich farmland.

Code Letter Parish
A Ashburnham
B Battle
BE Bexhill
BO Bodiam
BR Brightling
BRE Brede
BU Burwash
BY Beckley
C Crowhurst
CA Catsfield
CR Camber
D Dallington
E Etchingham
EG East Guldeford
EW Ewhurst
F Fairlight
G Guestling
H Hastings
HG Hurst Green
HO Hollington
I Icklesham
ID Iden
M Mountfield
N Northiam
O Ore
P Pett
PE Penhurst
PH Peasmarsh
PL Playden
R Rye
RF Rye Foreign
S Sedlescombe
SA Salehurst
ST St Leonards
T Ticehurst
U Udimore
W Westfield
WH Whatlington

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