Sissinghurst

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Coordinates: 51°06′26″N 0°33′48″E / 51.1073°N 0.5634°E / 51.1073; 0.5634

Sissinghurst
Sissinghurst is located in Kent
Sissinghurst
Sissinghurst
 Sissinghurst shown within Kent
OS grid reference TQ795373
District Tunbridge Wells
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CRANBROOK
Postcode district TN17
Dialling code 01580
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Maidstone and The Weald
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Sissinghurst is a small village in the county of Kent in England. Originally called Milkhouse Street (also referred to as Mylkehouse), Sissinghurst changed its name[1] in the 1850s, possibly to avoid association with the smuggling and cockfighting activities of the Hawkhurst Gang.[2]

The nearest railway station is at Staplehurst.

Geography[edit]

Sissinghurst is situated with Cranbrook to the south, Goudhurst to the west, Tenterden to the east and Staplehurst to the north. It sits just back from the A229 which goes from Rochester to Hawkhurst.

History[edit]

Sissinghurst's history is similar to that of nearby Cranbrook. Iron Age working tools have been found[citation needed] and the village was for centuries a meeting and resting place for people travelling towards the south coast[citation needed].

Sissinghurst Castle Gardens[edit]

Sissinghurst's garden was created in the 1930s by Vita Sackville-West,[3] poet and gardening writer, and her husband Harold Nicolson, author and diplomat. Sackville-West was a writer on the fringes of the Bloomsbury group who found her greatest popularity in the weekly columns she contributed as gardening correspondent of The Observer, which incidentally – for she never touted it – made her own garden famous. The garden itself is designed as a series of "rooms", each with a different character of colour and/or theme, divided by high clipped hedges and pink brick walls.

The Church[edit]

Sissinghurst's religious activities are served by its Anglican church, Trinity Church (built in 1838), with the Rev Fred Olney who is also Rector of Frittenden.[4]

People[edit]

People of note who have lived in Sissinghurst include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Martin, W Stanley (1896). A Glimpse at Cranbrook - The Town of the Weald. Cranbrook: E. J. Holmes. p. 78. [1]
  2. ^ Paul and Mina Tully: Sissinghurst Exposed... a New Slant on an Old Village
  3. ^ Glendinning, Victoria Vita- the life of Vita Sackville-West George Weidenfeld and Nicholson 1983
  4. ^ Church of England, Diocese of Canterbury, Trinity Church, Sissinghurst

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