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Cranbrook South- A walk through time

Walks from Cranbrook by Kent High Weald Partnership

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Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3.8 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours

Overview :  Cranbrook is a popular destination for visitors eager to take advantage of its independent shops. Visitors can also admire the many... more »

Tips:  Distance:3.8 miles (6.1 km) 2 hours
Start/Finish: Weald Information Centre.
Stiles: 4
Gates: 3
Parking: Free parking is available... more »

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Points of Interest

This is one of the oldest buildings in the town, dating back to 1464, and is also Cranbrook's oldest surviving hostelry. Queen Elizabeth I was received at the inn in 1573, at the height of Cranbrook's wealth based on the cloth industry. In the 18th century, the building was a base for Revenue men pursuing smugglers, and was also used as the Court ... More

2. Dean and Chapter of Canterbury properties

On the other side of the road all properties were originally owned by the Chapter and Dean of Canterbury, and represent a rich mix of styles from medieval to Victorian.

3. Stone Street Alleyways

On the right hand side several narrow passageways lead off Stone Street. One alleyway leads to the non-conformist Providence Chapel, built in the early 1800s, an early example of a pre-fabricated building, and part of Cranbrook's strong dissenting tradition. There is also a passage that passes Hatter's cottage, which was William Tooth's... More

4. Arts and crafts building

Now a restaurant and wine bar, this was donated to the town by Clement Cramp, a prominent Baptist, as a working men's club with temperance coffee and a reading room. Beyond it is a row of old cottages.

5. The Chapel of Strict and Particular Baptists

Built in 1785, this is the oldest existing place of worship for Dissenters in the Parish.

6. Hill House

Dating from the late middle ages, when the town was the centre of a thriving woolen industry. Note its lovely door.

7. Windmill

If you have time, visit the windmill, built in 1814 and dominating the town, Cranbrook's windmill is the tallest surviving smock mill in the British Isles. It is still in working order, grinding wheat regularly to produce wholemeal flour which can be purhcased from the mill shop. The Windmill is usually open Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday... More

8. The Pest House

The late medieval Pest House was a place where the sick would have been kept in isolation during times of epidemic. Note its chimney.

9. The Freight

This privately owned house dates from the 15th century. Its name comes originally from the Anglo-Saxon word, 'Fridd', meaning heathland on the edge of the wood. A hall house in origin, The Freight was destroyed by a fire and rebuilt in the 17th century, when it was pivoted on its axis to face north rather than its original position. In 1675, the... More

10. Comfort's Wood

Comfort's Wood was gifted to the Woodland Trust in 1990, when it was a commercial orchard and arable land. The wood has been planted since with native broadleaved species. This woodland, with its grassy glades and rides, creates good habitat for birds and invertebrates. A memorial in the wood marks the resting place of Dr Alex Comfort , the... More

11. The Weald Information Centre