Hildenborough comes from the Anglian ‘hyll’ meaning a ‘hill, natural eminence or
elevated piece of ground’ and the Kentish word ‘denn’ as ‘woodland pasture’ with
the Old English ‘borg’ for a ‘pledge, security’; therefore, a ‘woodland-pasture on
or by a hill’, with the affix borg – borough added in 1349 - being a borough (tithing)
Hildenborough parish church is a Grade: II listed building, dedicated to Saint John
the Evangelist. The Victorian architect Ewan Christian built it in 1834, following
the creation of the parish due to the population growth in Tonbridge. In 1846, F
W Hunt carried out additional works and addressed the seating issues.
Hildenborough railway station opened on the South Eastern Railway’s Tonbridge cut-off
line – reducing the journey time from London Bridge to Tonbridge - on 1 May 1868….