Area Village Index


Location
  
  
  TN8
Ruckinge Rye Harbour
General Services Views Derived Nearby
Businesses OtherLinks Advertising Rates Free Business Listing
 
go back to the Previous Page
 
      Attractions  Local Walks  Local Photos  Village Names  Famous People  Area History  
     
Our Whats On
Guides to the Area
Suggested Guides to the Area
Where to Stay
Bed & Breakfast
Book your Bed & Breakfast
Hotels
Book your Hotel
VillageNet-i
Local Details
Businesses in Edenbridge(5)
Accommodation in Edenbridge(1)
All Areas
HouseSales
Businesses Nearby(243)
Accommodation Nearby(25)
Why not register for our Whats On Email for Kent and Sussex

On this Page
General
Services
Views

Other Pages
Local Attractions
History
Reference
Famous People
Derivation of our village names

Local Links
Map of the Area
Weather for Our Area

    Edenbridge
(Roman Crossing to Victorian Bridge)


Name Derivation

General Details

Edenbridge lies on the B2026 between Hartfield and Westerham on the river Eden. The village grew up as the crossing point of the river, with the high street being paved by the Romans about 100AD. This provided a route for the wood and iron found in the Ashdown Forest to be taken to London.

The name appears to be from the bridge over the Eden, but after the Romans left a Saxon, Eadhelm became leader of the local people, and he built a bridge over the river which was unnamed at the time. So the village was named EadhelmBridge which was shortened to Edenbridge, from where the river name is derived.

The church is first mentioned in a document from 1125AD the Textus Roffensis but the stone building is likely to have been built by the Normans just after the Invasion in 1066 .

An old legend is that the first stone bridge across the river was built because two old ladies were unable to cross the river in a time of flooding, and a trust was set up to maintain the bridge.

The 1500's brought wealth to the town with the iron industry. The raw materials came from the surrounding areas. The small town built up, but suffered badly with the relocation of the iron industry to the midlands in the early 1800's.

The latest bridge was built in 1834, and provides a picturesque crossing of the river.

However in the middle 1800's the town started to regain its wealth when it became the crossing point for the north south and the east west railway lines, which made it a loading point for the locally produced farm goods, and the first commuters.


Services

Edenbridge provides a wide range of shops which provides for the village, and also the smaller local villages.

The main bus and train services to London go through the village, and the B2026 provides access north to south, and to the M25 about 6 miles to the north west.


Views

Edenbridge is an attractive small town with many black and white timbered buildings.

The bridge over the river has a small park next to it so you can sit and watch the water.

In the town, the Eden Valley Museum provides a great deal of local history, and it is also housed in a building from the 1400's.

 
       
 
© VillageNet.co.uk 1998-2011 Top of Page
Page Last Updated: 2016-10-04 19:37:48
If you have any information, or comments on our site please E-Mail Villagenet
since 1998
 
 
 
Buy or Sell your property here Why not advertise your event for free
Local Businesses
Ella Clarke
Brightling Walled Garden Festival 14th - 16th July 2017
Tenderheart
Sherlock Holmes and the nine-dragon sigil
Talk In Code - Live in Concert - Brightling Walled Garden Concert
Richard Vobes
Advertise in this space
format is a picture
200 x 150 pixels
With a link to your Website or Email address
for details Pricing Here
Simon The Pi Man bookstore