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Hawkhurst

The Crossroads of the Weald

Hawkhurst is a village and civil parish in the borough of Tunbridge Wells, and is home to some 4,500 people. Hawkhurst itself is virtually two villages—one, the older of the two, consisting mainly of cottages clustered around a large triangular green known as the Moor, and the other, farther north on the main road, called Highgate. Each part has a different character. Highgate stands on a crossroads and is where the shops and hotels lie.

The village was involved in the Wealden iron industry until the Industrial Revolution of the late 18th Century. William Penn, founder of the state of Pennsylvania, owned ironworks at Hawkhurst in the 17th century.

The history of Hawkhurst goes back over 1,000 years. The oldest known settlement was the Saxon manor of Congehurst, which was burnt by the Danes in 893 AD. There is still a lane of this name to the east of the village.

The name Hawkhurst is derived from Old English heafoc hyrst, meaning a wooded hill frequented by hawks - 'Hawk Wood'. Hurst (Hyrst) in a place name refers to a wood or wooded area - there are several in West Kent and East Sussex. The 11th Century Domesday Monacorum refers to it as Hawkashyrst, belonging to Battle Abbey. In 1254, the name was recorded as Hauekehurst; in 1278, it is often shown as Haukhurst; by 1610, it had changed to Hawkherst, which then evolved into the current spelling.

Further information about the history of the village, its changing industries over the years and its famous inhabitants can be found here.

You may also want to explore the surrounding villages that form our hinterland.

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What's On in Hawkhurst?

  • Battle Mayor's Charity Golf Day

    Thursday 29th September @ 10:30am
    Location: Ticehurst

    On Thursday 29 September 2016, a charity golf day will be held at Dale Hill Golf Club in Ticehurst, to ... more

  • A Celebration of Harvest

    Friday 30th September for 3 days
    Location: Northiam

    A weekend of celebration with St Mary's Church decorated with flowers and harvest produce, with refreshments and produce on sale. ... more

  • In The Landscape

    Saturday 1st October for 85 days @ 9:30am
    Location: Ticehurst

    Bringing together artists who specialise in watching, enjoying the views and the things that appear, immersed in their subject and ... more

  • Steps For Pets

    Sunday 2nd October @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Come and take a walk around the beautiful footpaths and lanes of Northiam starting from 10am to 1pm (last walkers ... more

  • The British Divers’ Marine Life Rescue Service

    Thursday 6th October @ 10:00am
    Location: Hawkhurst

    Our October meeting features Stephen Marsh, who will tell us about The British Divers’ Marine Life Rescue Service. A service ... more

  • Northiam Bonfire Procession & Fireworks

    Saturday 8th October
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam's Bonfire Procession will leave the Bonfire Field (on Hastings Road) at 7.50pm on Saturday 8th October. Spectators should line ... more

  • The Bard in Newenden

    Saturday 15th October
    Location: Newenden

    The Friends of St Peter's mark Shakespeare's 400th anniversary with an evening of Shakespearean words and songs and the first ... more

  • Ten Brave Men and True

    Thursday 3rd November @ 10:00am
    Location: Hawkhurst

    At our November monthly meeting Richard Snow relates the stories of 10 Victoria Cross holders who came from the borough ... more

  • Game and Wine Evening

    Tuesday 8th November
    Location: Hawkhurst

    £55 per person including 4 course meal & wine with each course. Hosted by Mike Card, from Ellis of Richmond ... more

  • Game and Wine Evening

    Tuesday 8th November
    Location: Gill's Green

    £55 per person including 4 course meal and wine with each course. Hosted by Mike Card, from Ellis of Richmond. ... more

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