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History of Edenbridge

Edenbridge comes from the Old English ‘brycg’ meaning a ‘bridge, causeway’ combined with a personal name; therefore, ‘Eadhelm’s bridge’. The river-name ‘Eden’ is a back-formation from the placename.


Edenbridge grew up around the Roman ‘London to Lewes road’, of which the High Street still forms part.


Edenbridge parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul. In the 11th century, the Normans rebuilt the  Saxon church. They added the south Aisle and tower in the 13th century, with further additions and extensions in the next 100 years. In 1797, Edward Hasted describes the Edenbridge church as a ‘large handsome building, having a spire steeple at the west end; in it there are the remains of a rood lost, and of some good painted glass’. In 1807, Thomas Mears recast the existing bells into a ring of six. The Victorian architect Charles Ainslie restored the church and added the north-east vestry in 1860. In 1896, Samuel Goslin added two trebles, augmenting the bells to eight…. more


Edenbridge railway station opened on the South Eastern Railway’s Redhill to Tonbridge section of its London to Dover main line, on 26 May 1842…. more


A second station named ‘Edenbridge Town’ opened on the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway’s, Hurst Green junction and Edenbridge line, on 2 January 1888…. more