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Welcome to Mark Cross

Mark Cross is a small village sitting on the junction of the A267, Tunbridge Wells to the north and Mayfield and Heathfield to the South, and the B2100, Wadhurst to the west and Crowborough to the east

Welcome to Mayfield

Mayfield: St. Dunstan (910-988) first built a wooden church and dwelling place in the hamlet of Magavelda, circa.960; and it was from this humble beginning that the stone palace of the Archbishops was to evolve - and, over time, the pretty village of Mayfield grew around the church.

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Wadhurst is a busy small town, granted a market charter by King Henry III in 1253. The church, a beautiful landmark, is more than 900 years old and stands at 500ft above sea level. The Norman tower is the oldest part of the church and the belfry contains a ring of eight bells dating from 1670-1955. The church is famous for its collection of iron tomb slabs set in the floor in memory of the iron masters and reflects the Wealden Iron industry which contributed to the local wealth leaving a legacy of fine large houses still in private ownership today

Click here to go to Crowborough

Crowborough is a rural market town situated within East Sussex, but close to Tunbridge Wells in Kent. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is probably the town's most famous ever resident, and the town boasts one of the only statues of him anywhere in the world. Crowborough is one of the highest points in Sussex being 175 metres (575 ft) above sea level, or the equivalent of 39 double decker buses!

Click here to go to Cranbrook

Cranbrook is locally called 'The Capital of the Weald' and has a population approaching 6000. It is situated on the A229 just 5 miles further south from Staplehurst. The town retains its dense mediaeval layout of streets and alleys, with a number of buildings of great interest dating from the 15th to the 19th century.

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Goudhurst is surrounded by a wide variety of places of interest including the gardens of Sissinghurst Castle and Scotney Castle (NT), the unique collection of early pianos at Finchcocks and the National Collection of conifers from all over the world in the Bedgebury Pinetum. The nearby village of Kilndown (part of the same parish) has a remarkable 19th century church with unique features.

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Marden is located about nine miles south of Maidstone. It is a thriving community of about four thousand people, with a long history dating back at least as far as Edward I, and is the second largest parish (in area) in Kent.

Click to go to Tunbridge Wells

Royal Tunbridge Wells is an elegant Georgian spa-town set in the heart of the beautiful Kent countryside in the south eastern corner of England.

Click to go to Biddenden

Biddenden, a typical English Village, set in the picturesque countryside of the Southeast of England. Latticed windowed Flemish weavers cottages stretch the full length of the south side of the High street, which is flanked on both sides by fossilized stone quarried long ago from near by Bethersden from which it gets it's name 'Bethersden marble'.
On the village green stands a most attractive sign carved and painted by a local crafts man of a pair of twins, known as the Biddenden Maids.

Lamberhurst

Lamberhurst is located in the beautiful Teise valley on the Kent Sussex border. The village sits in the gently rolling downland at the north western edge of the picturesque Bewl Water. Surrounded by orchards, hop gardens and a vineyard, the village and its ancient manors are a rural idyll. Rich in community life and history, Lamberhurst enters the new millennium with confidence and invites you to share in its success.

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Staplehurst lies on a Roman road. Villages were late in coming to the Weald, where isolated dens, or pig pastures, expanded into small farms and then into hamlets. It was the presence of the church, probably built about 1150, which attracted people to one particular hamlet called Staplehurst, which means Post Wood.

Staplehurst was lucky to be on the South Eastern Railways route from London to Dover, which provided that escape to the outside world which roads had not given. By 1981 the parish population was estimated at 5,900. Staplehurst is no longer a village, but a small rural town. It now has five churches, a library, a small supermarket, doctors and dentists, shops, public houses and an industrial estate.

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Pembury is an attractive Kent village, near the spa town of Tunbridge Wells. The earliest evidence suggests that there was a village of Pepenbury in about the eleventh century, with the earliest settlement in the 12th. century of the Manor House, Hawkwell in Pepenbury Magna, near the old parish church. Between 1500 and 1700 the cloth industry flourished in Pembury, including the trades of weaving, fulling and clothmaking. Brick and tile making were very important industries in Pembury for over 100 years.
The population of Pembury is now well over 6,500. Although it has changed considerably since its very rural beginnings, Pembury still strongly maintains its village identity.

Click to go to Robertsbridge 

Robertsbridge is an old settlement probably founded about 1176, when the only Cistercian Abbey was built on the site of the current War Memorial. The village was left when the abbey was moved about 1 mile to the East to the village of Salehurst in 1210.

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Welcome to Hastings UK, known world-wide as the site of the Battle of Hastings 1066. William the Conquerer's victory over the English King Harold at Hastings changed the entire course of history of Britain. This south-east coastal town, population 84,000, boasts over a thousand years of this history

Click to go to East Hoathly 

East Hoathly lies within the gently sloping agricultural landscape between the High Weald and the SouthEast Hoathly Downs. The slight elevation of the village affords wide-ranging and attractive views southwards to the South Downs. The village dates back to Anglo Saxon times. Of particular local interest is the use of very large stone bricks in some of the older garden walls. These bricks, which are thought to have been made in response to a tax on bricks, are reputed to have been made locally but apparently were so heavy that local craftsmen refused to use them on buildings and went on strike to protest against their impracticality.

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Horsted Keynes

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The ancient Cinque Port Town of Rye sits on a sandstone hill commanding breathtaking views of Romney Marsh and the sea, guarding the coast from foreign invasion for centuries. Originally granted to the Abbey of Fecamp in Normandy in 1027, Rye was finally reclaimed by Henry III in 1247 in exchange for other lands. Incorporated into the confederacy of the Cinque Ports in 1289 and once a sea port, the town played a vital role in both the defence against invaders and as a trading centre. Its cobbled streets and medieval houses once echoed to the sounds of smugglers and revenue men and fine trading vessels were to be found unloading at the warehouses on the quay.

Click to go to Bidborough

Bidborough is a small village with a healthy community atmosphere about two miles southwest of central Tonbridge in the county of Kent. It is home to the delightful church of St. Lawrence, our local public house the Hare and Hounds, the excellent Bidborough Stores and our garage - Bidborough Service Station

Click here to go to Sissinghurst

Sissinghurst Situated in the heart of the beautiful Kent Countryside, the village stands on the A262 main road between Lamberhurst and Ashford. Sissinghurst Castle nearby is an outstanding attraction but the village itself has plenty to offer

Click here to go to Cowden

Cowden is a very beautiful village hiding in a valley on the very edge of Kent, touching the borders of Sussex and Surrey.
Known for its picturesque buildings and church with a crooked steeple
And sadly also the train crash that happened on the 15th October 1994

And for the rhyme which dates back to previous centuries and is thought to refer to a dispute between parishes of Cowden and its neighbour Hartfield, over who was going to pay costs in the settlement of a pauper.

COWDEN CHURCH, CROOKED STEEPLE,
LYING PRIEST, DECEITFUL PEOPLE.

Uckfield is 7 miles north of Lewes, within a few minutes drive of the lovely Sussex countryside with many places of historic interest. The town was once an important centre for the Sussex iron industry - today it offers a good range of shops, restaurants and, for the film enthusiast, a cinema which attracts all the latest releases. The historic Bridge Cottage is well worth a visit.

Uckfield Town Council website

Ringmer is a typical Sussex village surrounded by farmland and with the South Downs as a backdrop. It has a village green upon which, in the summer, cricket and stoolball are played and where children play on the swings and slides.
The village was originally known as RINGMERE or Hring Mere (Old English meaning a ring of pools) and is mentioned in the Domesday Book.
Four famous people associated with the village were John Harvard (who founded Harvard University) who married Miss Ann Sadler in 1636, William Penn (who founded Pennsylvania) who married Miss Gulielma Springett in 1672 and (non-human) Timothy the Tortoise owned by Gilbert White (1720-1793) Some of the houses in Ringmer date back to the 17th Century and can be seen from the main road if you look carefully. Plashett Park and Ringmer Park were, until the late 1500s, deer parks belonging to the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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