Welcome to the Brenchley Parish Website
Welcome to the official website for the Kent villages of Brenchley and Matfield.
Brenchley and Matfield make up the parish of Brenchley which lies some six miles to the east of Royal Tunbridge Wells. Surrounded by orchards and farmland, the villages lie in the heart of the Weald of Kent and in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
This website aims to provide information about what you can find in and around the two villages - services; facilities; places to eat, drink and stay; local walks; and places of interest within easy reach. If you are thinking of paying us a visit, take a look at what Brenchley and Matfield have to offer. If you are a local resident or are planning to move here, these pages will try to keep you informed of local events and services.
Click on the links shown in the menus on either side of this page to take you to the information which interests you. Items of local news and forthcoming events are summarised in the blue box on the right-hand side of the page.
Brenchley is the older of the two villages with a church (All Saints) which dates back to the 13th century and has an avenue of 400 year-old yew trees. The Kentish rebel leader Wat Tyler is said to have lived in a cottage near Brenchley before he led the peasants’ revolt in 1381. The main village street still contains a number of attractive old timbered houses.
Matfield grew up later, around its village green (the largest in Kent) and pond. Many of the houses surrounding the green date back to the 18th century and several have the typical Kentish construction of timber frames with white weatherboarding. The First World War Poet, Siegfried Sassoon, was born in the village.
We welcome feedback, suggestions for new content and any requests for free or paid listings on the site. If you are organising a local event, let us know and we may be able to publicise it. Visit the Contact Us page for details.