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Brenchley is located in Kent
Brenchley shown within Kent
Population 2,715 (Parish)[1]
2,863 (2011 Census)[2]
OS grid reference TQ675415
Civil parish
  • Brenchley
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Tonbridge
Postcode district TN12 7xx
Dialling code 01892
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°08′55″N 0°23′39″E / 51.1486°N 0.3941°E / 51.1486; 0.3941Coordinates: 51°08′55″N 0°23′39″E / 51.1486°N 0.3941°E / 51.1486; 0.3941

Brenchley is a village and civil parish in the Borough of Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England.


The name is historically derived from Branca's Leigh. The parish is located 8 miles (13 km) east of Tunbridge Wells, and 3 miles (4.8 km) south of Paddock Wood, and includes the neighbouring village of Matfield. Brenchley & Matfield CoE primary school is located in Brenchley.

Brenchley parish church is dedicated to All Saints;[3] there is an avenue of yew trees leading up to it. The village earns some historical fame by being one of the villages that was closely involved in post medieval iron making. The site of the furnace lies within the parish of Horsmonden now.

A Market formerly held in the churchyard at Brenchley was granted in 1230 to Hamo de Crevecoeur, to be held on his own land, and the day moved from Sunday to Wednesday. In 1233 this was readjusted to Saturday.[4] By 1296 it belonged to Gilbert de Clare, who in 1312 claimed that his ancestors had held it 'from time out of mind'.

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See also[edit]

  • Marle Place - local open Garden with a Victorian gazebo, Edwardian rockery, walled Italianate scented garden, modern mosaic terrace, grass tennis court and artist's studio and gallery.[5]


  1. ^ National Statistics Census 2001
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 24 September 2016. 
  3. ^ Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England: Comprising the Several Counties ..., p. 422, at Google Books
  4. ^ Calendar of Close Rolls, Henry III: 1227-1232 p. 340; 1231-1234, pp. 233-34.
  5. ^ "Marle Place". Retrieved 2 August 2017. 


  • F C Clark (1947). Kentish Fire. Rye, Sussex: Adams & Son. 

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