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(A perfect Tudor village)

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Chiddingstone Kent - The graveyard
Chiddingstone lies off the B2027 between Penshurst and Edenbridge in Kent.

The village was founded before the arrival of King William and the Normans in 1066 and was owned by Earl Godwin father of King Harold. It was given to Bishop Odo after the invasion. The first mention of the church is in the Domesday Monachorum of 1070, where the church is recorded as part of the Diocese of Canterbury, and was handed over by Bishop Odo in 1072. It was also recorded in the Textus Roffensis from 1125AD.

In 1450 local men Roger Attwood and William Hunt joined the ranks of the Jack Cade rebels, they were arrested, but subsequently pardoned.

Sir Thomas Bullen(Boleyn) of nearby Hever (the father of Anne Boleyn ) bought property in the village during the early 1500's before the family's fall from grace after Anne was executed by Henry VIII .

The Streatfeild family were the major landowners in the area from at least 1584, with Richard being one of the ironmasters of the wealden iron industry . The iron industry provided local employment and wealth until the early 1800's when the industry moved to the midlands. In the early 1900's one of the Streatfeilds turned the original manor house into Chiddingstone Castle, which is a good example of the Gothic Revival style. The family still remain landowners in the village.

The church has a good collection of hatchments from the 17th and 18th centuries.

In 1939 the National Trust took over the village, and it is now a perfect example of a Tudor village in the UK.

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Chiddingstone Kent - Black and White houses
The village is very small and has a few local services.

Penshurst station at Chiddingstone Causeway provides access east to Tonbridge and west to Edenbridge.

The nearest local shopping centre lies at Edenbridge about 5 miles west, or the major centre of Tonbridge about four miles to the east.

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Chiddingstone Kent - The high street
Chiddingstone is a beautiful village with many black and white tudor houses.

The high street is overlooked by houses built in the 1500 and 1600's. The church is quite attractive and its warm sandstone construction contrasts with the houses.

The gothic splendour of Chiddingstone Castle can be seen from a few places on the route through the village.
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Legend has it that the name is derived from the sandstone outcrop found near the castle, where offenders were punished (chided). However as the village is quite ancient it is more likely that it is derived from the homestead of Cidda's family hence Chidding tun (see our Anglo Saxon history pages). It was recorded as Cidingstane in the twelfth century, and has now changed to Chiddingstone.

Nearby Villages (within 6 miles)
Chiddingstone Causeway (Penshurst Station ??) 1.5 miles
Hever (Anne Boleyn and the Castle) 1.7 miles
Penshurst (Coming Soon) 1.9 miles
Markbeech (Coming Soon) 2.2 miles
Four Elms (Coming Soon) 3.0 miles
Leigh () 3.1 miles
Blackham (Roughs and Prize Fighters) 3.5 miles
Edenbridge (Roman Crossing to Victorian Bridge) 3.5 miles
Fordcombe (UK) 3.7 miles
Sevenoaks Weald (Lower the tower by twenty feet) 3.9 miles
Ashurst (Miraculous Carving) 4.1 miles
Bidborough () 4.1 miles
Speldhurst (Nobleman captured at Agincourt) 4.1 miles
Toys Hill () 4.1 miles
Ide Hill () 4.2 miles
Langton Green (Modern village and Old Quarry) 4.7 miles
Crockham Hill () 4.9 miles
Rusthall (The Toad Rock) 4.9 miles
Groombridge (Home of the Groombridge Gang) 5.1 miles
Brasted (Doctor to King George III) 5.8 miles


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