Fordcombe in Kent

Google map showing area surrounding Fordcombe
(Paper Mill and the Field Marshal)
Location: 51.140864,0.181441
General Details
Early references mention the Chafford Paper Mill being in existance in 1786 which was run by the Turner family who donated the land for the Church. The mill was closed in 1913 but prior to the closure they produced of paper for Bank of England notes and also postage stamps for the Post Office.

Fordcombe in Kent was part of the estate at Penshurst and only became a parish in its own right in the 1870's.

Fordcombe church was built in 1848 by Field Marshal Henry Hardinge the first Viscount Hardinge who was a British field marshal and became Governor-general of India. Sir Henry lived at the South Park estate at Penshurst .

He was at the Battle of Quatre Bras near Ligny on June 16, 1815, where he lost his left hand while sketching the enemy positions , this was caused by a shot that caused a rock to fly up and hit him and the damaged hand was amputated, he was therefore not present at Waterloo two days later.

He became the Govenor-General of India and started the railway service there, in 1852 he succeeded the Duke of Wellington as commander-in-chief of the British army and in this position he had responsibility for the direction of the Crimean War He died at South Park in 1856 and was interred at St Peters church Fordcombe.
In the church can be found two hatchments hanging on the west wall, the left one is Henry the first Viscount Hardinge (1785-1856) and on the right Lavinia the 2nd Viscountess (1835-1864) Hardinge.

The views across the valley towards Penshurst are very pretty.
The village has a few local services including a pub and the church.

The nearest major shopping town is Royal Tunbridge Wells a few miles to the east, and this is where the main line train service to London runs from.
Fordcombe is shown as the red symbol on the map.

Nearby Villages

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Village= Town= Recorded in Domesday=
Ashurst (Miraculous Carving)1.36 miles
Bells Yew Green (The ruins of Bayham Abbey)5.72 miles
Blackham (Roughs and Prize Fighters)1.68 miles
Chiddingstone (A perfect Tudor village)3.49 miles
Chiddingstone Causeway (Penshurst Station ??)3.94 miles
Colemans Hatch (Church on the edge of the forest)6.25 miles
Edenbridge (Roman Crossing to Victorian Bridge)6.36 miles
Eridge Green (The home of the Neville Family)3.45 miles
Forest Row (The Kings hunting party)7.14 miles
Frant (King Johns hunting lodge)4.97 miles
Groombridge (Home of the Groombridge Gang)1.94 miles
Hartfield (A.A.Milne and Winnie-the-Pooh)
4.06 miles
Hever (Anne Boleyn and the Castle)4.37 miles
Langton Green (Modern village and Old Quarry)1.58 miles
Pembury (The ghost of Hawkwell)6.44 miles
Rusthall (The Toad Rock)2.11 miles
Speldhurst (Nobleman captured at Agincourt)1.79 miles
Withyham (De La Warrs and Sackvilles)3.44 miles
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