Speldhurst in Kent

Google map showing area surrounding Speldhurst
(Nobleman captured at Agincourt)
Location: 51.150601,0.219459
General Details
Speldhurst in Kent is an old village possibly originating in Saxon times as most villages with hurst in them are derived from the Saxon for wood.

The first record of the church is in 1239 in the church record of the rectors with the current tower being constructed in the 1300's. The George and Dragon public house originally built in 1212 is said to have used a ships timber from of one of Henry VIII ships as a main roof supporting beam.

The local legend is that Sir Richard Waller from nearby Groombridge captured a French nobleman reputed to be Charles Duke of Orleans or his brother Jean Duke of Angontime at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. It was said he was held at Groombridge the home of the Wallers for 20 years, during which time the ransom paid by the French court provided enough money for Sir Richard to rebuild the church. The coat of arms of the Orleans Family were put on a stone over the south porch. The ransom must have been quite substantial as Richard's home at Groombridge Place was also said to have been rebuilt from the same funds.

In 1791, the church was hit by a bolt of lightning, and with the exception of the lower part of the church tower was completely destroyed. A temporary church was constructed in 1805, but in 1870 it was removed and the present church was constructed.

The village expanded in the 20th century, to provide housing for the expanding town of Tunbridge Wells, and now commuters to London.
Speldhurst in Kent has a very pretty centre, especially arriving in the village from Fordcombe and Langton Green . The George and Dragon is a very attractive ancient public house.

Going down the Penshurst road you leave the village and are immediately in the countryside, which is quite pretty.
Speldhurst in Kent is a small village with a few local services.

The nearest major shopping centre is in Royal Tunbridge Wells about 4 miles south east. Tunbridge Wells is also a main transport centre with regular bus services starting within the town, and train services to Hastings and London.
Speldhurst is shown as the red symbol on the map.

Nearby Villages

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Village= Town= Recorded in Domesday=
Ashurst (Miraculous Carving)3.14 miles
Bells Yew Green (The ruins of Bayham Abbey)4.77 miles
Blackham (Roughs and Prize Fighters)3.46 miles
Chiddingstone (A perfect Tudor village)3.99 miles
Chiddingstone Causeway (Penshurst Station ??)3.77 miles
Edenbridge (Roman Crossing to Victorian Bridge)7.43 miles
Eridge Green (The home of the Neville Family)3.61 miles
Fordcombe (Paper Mill and the Field Marshal)1.79 miles
Frant (King Johns hunting lodge)4.39 miles
Groombridge (Home of the Groombridge Gang)3.00 miles
Hartfield (A.A.Milne and Winnie-the-Pooh)
5.78 miles
Hever (Anne Boleyn and the Castle)5.32 miles
Langton Green (Modern village and Old Quarry)1.39 miles
Matfield (Largest Village Green in Kent)6.42 miles
Pembury (The ghost of Hawkwell)4.77 miles
Rusthall (The Toad Rock)1.08 miles
Tudeley and Capel (Iron Industry and Hop Pickers)5.55 miles
Withyham (De La Warrs and Sackvilles)5.06 miles
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