For such a tiny village in the middle of one of the most rural parts of the Weald of Kent, Horsmonden has a huge history.
The name of this pretty agricultural village means 'horsemen's woodland pasture'.
Britain’s most important gunfounder!
Like other Wealden settlements Horsmonden grew from the increasing prosperity brought by the cloth, hopmaking and iron industries.
Surrounded by hop gardens, orchards, farmland, ponds and woodland, Horsmonden is a tranquil haven for most of the year enjoying a number of annual local fairs.
The Summer Fair, Gypsy Horse Fair and Cricket and Beer Festival will delight the visitor in their vibrancy and local traditions celebrating the heritage of the area.
Keep an eye on What’s On for the next exciting event.
Hard to believe
Amazingly this village was the most important gunfounding centre in Britian in the 1600s!
This mass industry and furnace were central to the village’s livelihood once placed at Furnace Lane making use of Furnace Pond.
Today the pond is a haven for anglers and wildfowl.
Day fishing is offered nearby at fisheries all around Horsmonden.
One of the village pubs dates from the late 1500s and used to be a stage coach stop!
The Gun & Spitroast Inn has an integral part to play in the story of Horsmonden and you can actually feel the history in the olde worlde public house.
A log burner provides cosy comfort whilst supping ale or trying the spit-roast meals.
Spot the model of a cannon made in the village; the original of which is now in the Tower of London!
Winning stories of a tiny village
The neat village green known as The Heath is in the centre of the village surrounded by the shops and pubs.
The Heath Stores village shop is the Winner of the UK Community Rural Retailer of the Year 2015.
It supplies ethical Traidcraft products and their own home cooked ham famous for miles around!
The presence of striking architecture in the hamlet is a legacy of the Austens and Huguenots who lived here when Horsmonden was a thriving cloth-making centre.
The church of St Margaret was the family church of Jane Austen's ancestors with the churchyard containing many of their tombstones.
The church stands in a lovely setting overlooking the River Teise a good mile and half outside of the village.
Hop pickers from the east end of London used to make the journey to this area to take their hop-picking holiday.
The most famous of hop varieties, Fuggles, is claimed to be have been found here first.
Come and see what attracted these great families of the past.
Experience the hospitality and soothing beauty of this little village, with so much on offer, it’s hard not to be tempted!
Check the accommodation options to make the most of your visit.
With thanks to the parish website www.horsmonden.co.uk
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