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Benenden Kent

Benenden is an idyllic village close to Cranbrook, Tenterden and Sissinghurst (the village is well-known for the private boarding school Benenden School). It is focussed around a green where cricket has been played in the summer months since the 18th century. It is surrounded by St George's Church, the village school, the impressively fronted memorial hall, and the excellent Bull Inn (dating back to 1608) and King William IV pub.

Like many of the villages in the Weald of Kent, Benenden has an interesting history. Following the Norman Conquest the manor of Benenden was given by William the Conqueror to his half-brother Odo, Bishop of Bayeux. The village was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, by which time it had already aquired a parish church, one of only four villages in the Weald important enough to do so.

Two Roman roads lead through the parish, and there is evidence of Iron Age settlements. There are also over 20 Wealden hall houses in the village dating from 1470-1500, suggesting that Benenden was a very prosperous place in the Middle Ages. The Queen's Well was built to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887, and across from the well is St George's Club, built in 1881 by George Devey for Lord Cranbrook.

Benenden Kent
Things to see & do in & around Benenden

Bedgebury Pinetum & Forest - cycling, walks & the world's best conifer collection
Chapel Down - vineyard
Cranbrook Museum - over 6,000 exhibits from Cranbrook & the Weald
Go Ape! Bedgebury - outdoor adventure fun (great for groups and families)
Kent & East Sussex Railway - the country's finest example of a rural light railway
The Queen's Hall Theatre - a diverse range of shows for all ages
Sissinghurst Castle & Gardens - beautiful gardens and an Elizabethan manor house
St Dunstan’s Church - the so-called 'Cathedral of the Weald'
The Union Windmill - the tallest surviving "smock mill" in the British Isles

Recommended places to eat & drink in Benenden

The Bull at Benenden - fantastic pub and restaurant
King William IV - traditional pub and pretty beer garden
Also see Cranbrook and Sissinghurst places to eat and drink

Recommended places to stay in Benenden

Appleshaw Loft (B&B)
The Holt (B&B)
Pullington Barn (B&B)
Hallwood Farm Oast House (B&B)

Also see Cranbrook places to stay

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