The origins of St Peter’s Church can be traced back to AD 772 when King Offa of Mercia granted a charter for a church to be built on its present site. This commemorative panel was erected in the nearby Manor Gardens to celebrate the 1200th anniversary of the granting of the charter. Made of black ironwork it has a central circular motif of 1200th Charter Year around a cross and is flanked by three stylised royal crowns. The adjacent commemorative plaque reads: Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra unveiled this commemorative panel made and presented by Mr John Brodey to the design of Mr D A Kimber to mark the 1200th anniversary of the granting of the charter to St Peter’s Church, A D 772 – 1972. 9th April 1972. W G Sansom, Mayor.
There is a rubbish bin close to the bus shelter at the top of Upper Sea Road where it becomes High Street, which is styled: 772 Bexhill Charter. This is the only known remaining example in public use.