Tunbridge Wells Borough
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Cranbrook is an old market town in Kent in South East England. It is also the smallest town in Kent. It is on the Maidstone to Hastings road and five miles north of Hawkhurst, on the A229 (Rochester – Hawkhurst) road. The smaller settlements of Swattenden, Colliers Green and Hartley lie within the parish. The place name Cranbrook derives from Old English cran broc, meaning Crane Marsh – marshy ground frequented by cranes (although more probably herons). The place name has evolved over the centuries from Cranebroca (c1100), by 1226 it is recorded as Cranebroc, then Cranebrok by 1610 the name had become Cranbrooke, which evolved into the current spelling. In medieval times it was a centre of the Wealden cloth industry; and iron-making was also carried on at Bedgebury.
Cranbrook is the name of a hymn tune written by Canterbury cobbler Thomas Clark around 1805, originally for the Christmas carol "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks."
The cemetery can be found near to the Hamlet of Golford on Golford road to the East of Cranbrook; it belongs to the parish council and is the resting place for 9 casualties of both World Wars. There is another cemetery nearby-this was once known as Cranbrook(Sissinghurst)Cemetery but is now just Sissinghurst Cemetery; and this lies off the A262 road (The Street/Sissinghurst Road) at the rear of the parish church of Sissinghurst.(text by Geoffrey Gillon)