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Edenbridge

The town of Edenbridge derives its name from the Old English edenbridge estate agents letting agency image.- Eadhelmsbrigge  - ("Eadhelm's Bridge" in Modern English).  The name does not derive from “the bridge over the Eden” as many people believe, but from the name of the local Saxon Abbott, Eadhelm who built a bridge over the river which subsequently became known as Eadhelmbridge.

Approximately 10 miles north west of Tunbridge Wells, Edenbridge is a popular place in which to live with the choice of two railway stations, easy access to the M25 and Gatwick Airport, good local schools and other amenities. The M25 can be reached in about 15-minutes and Gatwick Airport in 40-minutes. The town has a selection of restaurants and pubs and a Leisure Centre with swimming pool and fitness club

Prosperity originally came to the town in the 14th century when wood from Ashdown Forest and other local materials, enabled an iron industry to be established and it became the centre of the Wealden iron industry.  However, the town went into decline when the iron industry moved north in the early 1800’s, only to regain some of its lost wealth later in the century. Initially this was due to the opening of the east-west railway line in1842 which connected the town with Redhill and Tonbridge. Later, in 1888 the north-south railway line opened connecting the town with London. Together, the railway stations made it a natural loading point for the locally produced farm goods, and the first commuters.

Less than a mile apart, Edenbridge Town Station is the route to London, while Edenbridge Station is on the line from Reading and Guildford through to Tonbridge. Journey times to London Bridge are about 40-minutes from Edenbridge Town and about 20-minutes from Edenbridge to East Croydon,

Edenbridge has many medieval buildings, old coaching inns and other historic buildings. Ye Old Crown Inn is a remarkably preserved building which has been serving wayfarers and visitors since the reign of Edward III. The inn is a distinctive landmark in because of its unique Kentish bridging sign which spans the High Street. It has a once secret passage which runs from the pub to the 13th century church of St. Peter and St. Paul.

The Eden Valley Museum showcases the history of the valley, and is itself housed in a 14th century farmhouse.

There has been a market in Edenbridge for at least 750 years with a number of annual fairs abolished in 1880. With the opening of the first railway station in 1842, it became the site of a regular cattle market that remained open until 1928. Today Edenbridge holds a market each Thursday.

In the summer, Edenbridge is the focus of the Eden Valley Festival fortnight, and in November hosts one of the oldest bonfire celebrations in the country.

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