Medieval glass in parish church 

AboutRobertsbridge.org.uk


Medieval glass
in parish church


Stennings sign John Stenning & Son were a major employer in Robertsbridge for over 100 years until their closure in 1986. The land was subsequently developed for housing - Mill Rise - with the exception of approx. 10 acres of land which lay to the south of Bishop's Lane and had been used by Stenning's for storing wood supplies. This area was given Rother District Council as 'planning gain' and with strict covenants attached so that it became used as Public Open Space and was renamed, Bishop's Meadow.

A small part of the land had been occupied by someone who was running a small wood yard but without any lease and the developers wanted them removed. However, Rother DC negotiated a compromise whereby the occupier could continue his business with a non-renewable lease for 15 years at which point they were to remove from the site which would then be incorporated into Bishop's Meadow.

In 1995, Rother DC agreed to the Parish Council taking over management of the Meadow and a 99 year lease was granted but, a condition of the lease was that under no circumstances was the  lease on the woodyard to be extended and at the end of it the PC was to take over the site and incorporate it into the Meadow - this was subsequently done.


These photographs were taken in December 1986 when the yard had closed for business and the machinery was being organised for sale.

Some memories of the Stenning's works by a Robertsbridge resident and long term employee, Mr Len Woodgate, can be viewed here. [click]
Stennings woodyard Stennings woodyard
Stennings woodyard Stennings storage land at Bishop's Lane
Wharf Cottage Bishop's Lane now demolished Stennings storage land at Bishop's Lane
Stennings Woodyard Stennings Interior
Stennings Interior Stennings Interior
Stennings Interior Stennings Interior

Close Page