Speldhurst shown within Kent
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||Tunbridge Wells|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||Tunbridge Wells|
Speldhurst is a village and civil parish in the borough of Tunbridge Wells in Kent, England. The parish is 15 miles (24 km) to the west of Tunbridge Wells: the village is 3 miles (5 km) west of the town.
Speldhurst has a primary school, a parish church, a general store with post office, a pub, a violin shop and a small business park.
St Mary's Church Speldhurst was designed by John Oldrid Scott and built by Hope Constable of Penshurst, being dedicated to St Mary on 6 May 1871. The stained glass windows are by Burne Jones and William Morris. At present the parish of Speldhurst is part of a united parish with Ashurst and Groombridge. A previous incumbent of St Mary's Church Speldhurst was Rev Baden Powell, the father of Lord Baden-Powell who founded the Scout Movement. Rev. Powell married his second wife in the Church, and she is buried in the churchyard.
Speldhurst has an annual pram race on the second Sunday in May. There are various race categories of different age groups with the main event being two laps around the village. Contestants have to push a "baby" around the course and all have to down half a pint every time they pass the two drinks stations, one situated by the George and Dragon and the other by the old Northfields pub.
Speldhurst has become famous for the "Speldhurst sausages" which are known world wide.
Parish villages and hamlets
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- St Mary's church
- Speldhurst Cricket Club
- Speldhurst Sausages
- Speldhurst Pram Race
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