Kentish Castles Christmas Cracker

Dec23

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16 km / 10 miles

6 hours

Some notes on the settlements and their buildings:

Markbeech: A small hamlet perched high up on the northernmost sandstone ridge of the High Weald AONB. 

Cowden: All we'll just see of this place is the tiny, secluded Hole Cottage which is the remaining wing of a once much larger late-medieval hall house. Now a holiday cottage.

Chiddingstone: A unique and perfect example of a Tudor one-street village, so perfect, that the whole place is in the care of the National Trust. It's quite a film star too, as it featured in the 1985 Merchant Ivory film A Room With a View, Michael Winner's 1983 The Wicked Lady and the outdoor scenes of the BBC's 1971 Elizabeth R, starring Glenda Jackson. St Mary's Church is opulent, 14th and 15th Century, and has the tombs to the Streatfeild family (you may have heard of Noel, the author) who lived at early 19th Century Chiddingstone Castle. The village takes its name from the Chiding Stone, a Saxon judicial place or boundary marker. Plus, we're having lunch at the 15th Century Castle Inn - how cool is that?

Hever: More pleasant timber-framed original and mock-Tudor cottages, including our last pub stop, The Henry VIII. St Peter's Church contains the tomb of Thomas Boleyn of Hever Castle, father of Anne Boleyn and grandfather of Elizabeth I. Unfortunately we won't see Hever Castle.

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