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St Dunstan Churchyard
Also known as: Cranbrook, St Dunstan Churchyard
Tunbridge Wells Borough
Kent  England

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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. St. Dunstan's Church (known as the Cathedral in the Weald) contains the prototype for the clock of Big Ben in London. Its 74 feet-high tower, completed in 1425, has a wooden figure of Father Time and his scythe on its south face. 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."(text by Geoffrey Gillon)
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