Welcome to the Brenchley and Matfield Parish Website

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Welcome to the redesigned website for the Kent villages of Brenchley and Matfield, and the hamlets of Castle Hill and Petteridge. Our website has been online for ten years so a refreshed and updated design was definitely due! However, the content remains largely unchanged and will continue to provide information on events, Parish Council matters, community organisations, businesses, services and places of interest within easy reach. We hope that it will remain a useful site for both local residents and visitors to the area.

The two villages make up the parish of Brenchley and Matfield 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.


Brenchley Village

Brenchley is the older village 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 Village

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.

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Latest News & Events

23rd November 2020

14th November 2020

Click on the link for forthcoming events at Goudhurst U3A…

10th November 2020

About 18 months ago I posted information about funding available…

03rd November 2020

At its meeting on 2nd November 2020, Brenchley and Matfield…

28th October 2020


06th October 2020

The Parish Council has submitted a full response to this…

30th September 2020

24th September 2020

Despite Covid restrictions the Parish Council have nonetheless been able…