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The History of Kent
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History of Brenchley
Brenchley comes from the Old English ‘lēah’ meaning a ‘forest, wood, glade, clearing’ combined with a personal name; therefore, the ‘wood/clearing of a man called Brænci’. The Textus Roffensis records Brenchley as Btaencesle.
Brenchley parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to All Saints. Richard de Clare, Earl of Hertford, built the church as a Chapel-
King Edward III, cut down 105 large oak trees from the area, to help restore the castle at Rochester, between 1367 and 1370.
During the 17th century, the area between Brenchley and Horsmonden, boasted one of the largest Wealden Iron Works and employed over 200 men.
With the demise of the Iron industry, the area turned to agriculture with extensive orchards and hop fields.