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(Witches stealing Holy Water)
Rolvenden is three miles south west of Tenterden on the A28.
It was first mentioned in the Domesday book as Rovindene. This
was changed to Riolvinden in the reign of Edward III. Then changed
again to Rounden in the late 17th century.
It is a busy little village with an unusually wide high street.
The C M Booth Motor Museum is to be found in the High Street.
Here you may view a unique collection of Morgan 3 wheelers, along
with other various vintage cars, motorcycles, bicycles, and
displays of toy and model cars, signs and other automobilia.
Great Maytham Hall which was the inspiration for Frances Hodgson
Burnetts 'The Secret Garden' can be found by taking the Wittersham
road by the church.
If you travel about 1 mile away from the village also on the
Wittersham road you find the small station of Wittersham Road,
which is on the Kent and East Sussex steam railway, with trains
travelling to Tenterden , and Northiam .
The church of St Mary the Virgin, lies on a low mound on the
southern end of the village. The earliest surviving part of the
church may be seen in the chancel, and dates from around 1210.
Most of the church is 14th and 15th century, and has remained
structurally the same since 1470.
The church has 8 bells, which date from 1819, and were made by
Thomas Mears II of London. The clock on the north side of the
tower dates from 1810, and bears the name 'Thomas Ollive of
Cranbrook'. There are many unusual and attractive memorials
to be seen in the churchyard. The War Memorial was designed
by Sir Edwin Lutyens and was dedicated to the Archbishop of
Canterbury on November 11th 1922.
The font stands at the western end of the South Aisle. It is of
an uncommon shape, being hexagonal. It dates from the 14th
century and is emblazoned with the arms of Guldeforde and
Culpepper. The wooden cover is 18th century. Part of the hasps
for securing the font cover with a lock can be seen on two sides.
This was for securing the Holy Water from being stolen by Witches.
| Rolvenden has the usual small village shops and public houses.
The nearest shopping centre is a Tenterden , which has a wide
range of shops servicing the local villages.
The nearest train service runs from Battle to the south east,
which is on the London to Hastings line.
| Rolvenden is on a hill, and has some pretty views south
towards Sandhurst .
There is an old mill on the Cranbrook road, and the high
street and church are very attractive.
For steam enthusiasts a visit to Wittersham Road station
is a must, with the Steam Trains from the
Kent and East Sussex Railway running regularly.
The flat land surrounding the station is beautiful
when the corn is ripening and there is also a picnic area if you
wish to take your children.