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Christ Church, Kilndown.jpg
Kilndown Church
Kilndown is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCranbrook
Postcode districtTN17
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
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51°05′20″N 0°25′49″E / 51.088870°N 0.430140°E / 51.088870; 0.430140Coordinates: 51°05′20″N 0°25′49″E / 51.088870°N 0.430140°E / 51.088870; 0.430140

Kilndown is a village 5 miles (8 km) west of Cranbrook in Kent, England. It is in the civil parish of Goudhurst.


Kilndown was established in the 1840s by Viscount Beresford.[1]

William Carr Beresford, First Viscount Beresford, British general and politician, died here on 8 January 1856 at age 85.

Christ Church, Kilndown was built in 1841.[2] It is built in a unique Gothic revival style.

Kilndown first appears on Hasted's map in 1778 but was referenced as "Killdown"; the "Kiln" in the current name may have come from the kiln oasts harvested in the area, or that the area produced bricks.

Two estates existed near the village: the first was the Combwell Estate that was formed during the reign of King Henry II, however it became a priory in 1220. However the priory was destroyed during the Reformation of the Church in the 16th century. Nothing of the building remains.

The Bedgebury Estate was mentioned in an 814 charter and was a known home to the Culpeper family in the 16th century and the estate contained two Iron Furnaces to help defeat the Spanish Armada in 1588. William Carr Beresford, or Viscount Beresford, purchased the estate in 1834. This led to development on the estate and Christ Church was built. This led to numerous shops, craftsmen and a public house, which still remains today: The Small Holding.


  1. ^ "Summary of the Bedgebury Forest archaeological survey". Forestry Commission. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  2. ^ Christ Church