|Current translation for Speldhurst|
speld derived from
speld - spill to light a candle|
hurst derived from
here stæþ - here meaning army and stæþ meaning a place(or stay) pronounced herestath, most seem to be later than Domesday and are in a forested area|
|Place name translation provided by www.saxonhistory.co.uk|
Speldhurst in Kent is an old village possibly originating in Saxon times
as most villages with hurst in them are derived from the Saxon
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.|
(click on symbol to see the village page)
||(Miraculous Carving)||3.14 miles|
||Bells Yew Green
||(The ruins of Bayham Abbey)||4.77 miles|
||(Roughs and Prize Fighters)||3.46 miles|
||(A perfect Tudor village)||3.99 miles|
||(Penshurst Station ??)||3.77 miles|
||(Roman Crossing to Victorian Bridge)||7.43 miles|
||(The home of the Neville Family)||3.61 miles|
||(Paper Mill and the Field Marshal)||1.79 miles|
||(King Johns hunting lodge)||4.39 miles|
||(Home of the Groombridge Gang)||3.00 miles|
||(A.A.Milne and Winnie-the-Pooh)||5.78 miles|
||(Anne Boleyn and the Castle)||5.32 miles|
||(Modern village and Old Quarry)||1.39 miles|
||(Largest Village Green in Kent)||6.42 miles|
||(The ghost of Hawkwell)||4.77 miles|
||(The Toad Rock)||1.08 miles|
||Tudeley & Capel
||(Iron Industry and Hop Pickers)||5.55 miles|
||(De La Warrs and Sackvilles)||5.06 miles|