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The Broadway
Grid reference: TQ6736
Location: 51°5’49"N, 0°23’35"E
Population: 1,491  (2001)
Post town: Tonbridge
Postcode: TN3
Dialling code: 01892
Local Government
Council: Tunbridge Wells
Tunbridge Wells

Lamberhurst is a village in Kent, on the very border with Sussex, and indeed the parish of Lamberhurst strays over into Sussex. At the 2001 census the parish had a population of 1,491.

The parish church is a 14th/15th century building dedicated to St Mary.

Before the Industrial Revolution, Lamberhurst was a centre for the Wealden iron industry, which has thriven since at least Roman times and most likely form before then. After the Industrial Revolution the Weald gave way to the North and Lamberhurst became important for hop-growing.

Margaret Thatcher came here to live in retirement, as have enough prosperous folk that Lamberhurst has acquired an extensive golf course. The village has also played a major role in English wine-making.

The village lies in the valley of the River Teise, one of the main tributaries of the River Medway. The valley of one of its tributaries, the River Bewl, was dammed and flooded between 1973 and 1975 creating the Bewl Water reservoir.

Sghts about the village

Nearby are:

  • English Heritage The ruins of Bayham Abbey
  • National Trust Scotney Castle (14th century), belong to the National Trust. The moat and lake in the grounds are formed by a dam on the River Teise.

Road and rail

The village was bypassed in 2005 by the A21 trunk road,[1] which previously ran through the village. The decision caused some controversy due to its location in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The closest railway stations (both about 3 miles distant) are Frant and Wadhurst.

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Lamberhurst)