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Bexhill (officially Bexhill-on-Sea ) is a town and seaside resort in the county of East Sussex in the south of England with around 43,000 inhabitants (2015). Bexhill is the administrative seat of the Rother district .

Coordinates 50 ° 51 '  N , 0 ° 27'  E Coordinates: 50 ° 51 '  N , 0 ° 27'  E
Bexhill-on-Sea (England)
Residents 43,478 (as of 2015)
ZIP code section TN39, TN40
prefix 01424
Part of the country England
region South East England
Shire county East Sussex
District Rother
British Parliament Bexhill and Battle


Old Town of Bexhill

The place name Bexhill is derived from the Anglo-Saxon Bexelei , the clearing ( Leah ) on which boxwood ( box ) grows.

The earliest traces of settlement are in the form of primitive boats discovered in Eaggeron Park. Bexhill was officially mentioned for the first time in a document from 772, in which King Offa von Mercien gave land to Bishop Oswald to build a church.

Three hundred years later, around 1066, William the Conqueror gave the area, including the town of Bexhill, to Robert, the Count of Eu, as spoils of war .

During the Napoleonic Wars, the village of Bexhill was garrison from 1803 to 1816 for a large part of the King's German Legion (Königlich Deutsche Legion). King George III was by personal union. at the same time head of state of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and elector of Hanover . After their capitulation in the Artlenburg Convention (July 5, 1803), large parts of the Hanoverian army therefore went to their sovereign in England. From there they fought against Napoleon until the Battle of Waterloo (1815).

Culture and sights

De-La-Warr Pavilion

The arts and culture center, the De La Warr Pavilion , is arguably the most famous building in Bexhill. Since 2005, the architectural attraction has been reopened directly on the promenade as a center for contemporary art. Exhibitions and stage performances as well as events and other cultural events take place there regularly.

De La Warr Pavilion seen from the promenade
One of the two colonnades

Bexhill Museum

If you want to learn something about the history of Bexhill, you will find extensive information in the Bexhill Museum, which opened in 2009. Three different exhibitions run here: The "Technology Collection" deals with the history of British motorsport. The "Costume Collection" exhibition takes you on a fashion journey through time. In the "Sargent Collection" finds and curiosities from the history of Bexhill-on-Sea are exhibited.

Bexhill as a seaside resort

Reginald Sackville, the seventh Earl De La Warr (1817-1896), decided to convert the small, hilltop village of Bexhill built around the church into an exclusive seaside resort, which he called Bexhill-on-Sea. He built a sea wall south of the town with a road on it, which he called De La Warr Parade . Large houses were built into the interior of the country from here, and the city grew. In 1890 the luxurious Sackville Hotel was built.

Bexhill the place the first of the 1902 was car racing in the UK took place. In 1935 the De La Warr Pavilion , designed by Herbrand Sackville, 9th Earl De La Warr, was opened, the first British public building in modern architecture .

Like so many other English seaside resorts, the city is a very quiet community today. Most of the residents are a bit older. On average, there are more senior citizens living in Bexhill than anywhere else in the UK.

In Bexhill, some German organizations organize language trips for young people. The young people are mostly housed in families. The manageable structures of the place and the uncomplicated transport connections to the seaside resorts of Eastbourne and Brighton, as well as to the metropolis of London, make Bexhill-on-Sea a popular destination for language students.

City personalities

This and that

  • The second murder in Agatha Christie's ABC Murders was committed in Bexhill-on-Sea.
  • Bexhill-on-Sea is the setting for much of the plot of the British-American science fiction thriller Children of Men (2006) by Alfonso Cuarón .
  • Bexhill city center is right on the seafront.
  • The cultural center ( De La Warr Pavilion ) directly on the beach promenade has been completely renovated and, in addition to changing exhibitions, offers cinema, theater and sometimes musical performances.
  • The music video for Sovereign Light Café by the English band Keane was filmed in Bexhill-on-Sea.

Individual evidence

  1. Holger Tümmler: The Royal German Legion. Wolfenbüttel: 2007, ISBN 3939791210
  2. ^ Bexhill city portal of the tourist information center
  3. Website of the Bexhill Museum ( Memento from June 15, 2006 in the Internet Archive )

Web links

Commons : Bexhill-on-Sea  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files