Golden Green shown within Kent
|District||Tonbridge and Malling|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
Golden Green is a village in the Medway valley near Tonbridge, Kent. It is 1 mile (1.6 km) from the larger village of Hadlow (of which it is part of the civil parish) and 4 miles (6 km) from the town of Tonbridge.
Golden Green has a population of around 350. The surrounding area is predominantly agricultural with fruit orchards and cereals as the principal crops. It stands on a ridge, with the River Medway to the south and the River Bourne to the north. Goldhill Mill is the only watermill on the Bourne that retains its machinery. The village is popular with commuters and has many expensive houses. Barnes Street hamlet is located immediately adjacent along the same minor road. The Bell Inn public house is located in the village centre. There are no shops or schools, but the Golden Green Mission Church—a Grade II-listed tin tabernacle opened in about 1914—serves Anglican worshippers. It is a chapel of ease to St. Mary's Church, Hadlow.
On 20 October 1853, a wagon carrying migrant hop pickers back to their camp site overturned on Hartlake bridge, tipping its occupants into a flood swollen River Medway. The accident, known as the Hartlake disaster, resulted in the deaths of 30 people. An inquest into the disaster held at the Bell Inn in the village blamed the Medway Navigation Company for failing to adequately maintain the old wooden bridge.
On 6 August 1924, Farman F.60 Goliath F-ADDT Languedoc of Air Union was on a scheduled international passenger flight from Paris to Croydon when the port engine failed. A forced landing was made at Golden Green. One person amongst the pilot and five passengers on board was injured. The aircraft was dismantled to allow removal. It was later repaired and returned to service. In 1931, the aircraft was written off when it crashed shortly after taking off from Marden Airfield, Kent.
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- "The Golden Green Mission Church". A Church Near You website. St. Mary's Church, Hadlow. 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
- English Heritage. "Golden Green Mission Church (Grade II) (1070418)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
- "Tribute to drowned hop pickers". BBC News. 2003-10-19. Retrieved 2013-10-21.
- "Mishap to Passenger Aeroplane" The Times (London). Friday, 8 August 1925. (43725), col F, p. 14.
- Aviation News (December 2005).
- Alderson, Catherine; Gosling, Chris; Gosling, Mari; McArragher, Steve; Adam, Richard (2009). Marden's Aviation History. Marden: The Marden History Group. p. p11.
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