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Matfield is a small village, part of the civil parish of Brenchley and Matfield, in the Tunbridge Wells borough of Kent, England. Matfield was awarded the title of Kent Village of the Year in 2010.
Buildings and amenities
St Luke's Church, Matfield, is a Grade II listed building, constructed in the years 1874–76. The churchyard contains the grave of the sculptor Theresa Sassoon. Mrs Sassoon planted a tree on Matfield green to commemorate the end of World War I; the tree was blown down in the hurricane of 1987 and had to be replaced.
Matfield currently has a butcher's and grocery store. There are three pubs: The Wheelwright's Arms, The Star, and a gastropub, The Poet (formerly the Standing Cross). The Wheelwright's Arms closed in 2017.
The village grew up around its village green, which is the largest in Kent. The village green features a large pond at its northern end. Overlooking the green is the grade I listed Matfield House, a Georgian building with a stable block and coachhouse at the rear. The green is used for events such as the annual village fete and by Matfield Cricket Club for home matches.
- Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967), poet, was born in Matfield.
- Theresa Thornycroft (1853–1946), sculptor, lived in Matfield.
- Frank Marchant (1864–1946), cricketer and captain of Kent County Cricket Club, born in Matfield House.
- Alan Watt (1907–74), cricketer, lived in Matfield
- Harrison Weir (1824–1906), artist, lived in Matfield.
- "Matfield is Kent Village of the Year!". Brenchley Parish Council. September 16, 2010. Archived from the original on August 12, 2011. Retrieved March 21, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- "About Us". St Luke's Church. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
- "Theresa Georgina Thornycroft Sassoon". Find a Grave. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
- "Brenchley & Matfield – Villages in the Weald of Kent". Brenchley Parish Council. Retrieved March 21, 2011.
- Historic England. "MATFIELD HOUSE (1250644)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
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