Rolvenden Tenterden
Cranbrook
Kent TN17 4LP
 
 
 
Rolvenden is another pretty little village in rural south-east England on the A28 Hastings to Ashford road.  What distinguishes Rolvenden from other pretty villages is its old windmill and an interesting little automobile museum featuring the unique Morgan 3-wheeler cars.
 
Kent and East Sussex Railway
The village is also only a mile (1.6 kilometres) from the Kent & East Sussex Railway Wittersham Road Station where heritage steam trains stop 10 times a day - a real visual treat.  This railway runs between the attractive Wealden town of Tenterden and the medieval Bodiam Castle.
 
Falstaff Antiques
Falstaff Antiques in the High Street is the home of the C M Booth Collection of Historic Vehicles.  The unique collection contains not only 10 Morgan 3-wheelers from 1909-1935 but also the only known Humber Tri-car from 1904.  This little hidden gem of a museum has many other automotive treasures on display.
 
St Mary the Virgin 13th century church
To the south of the High Street, standing high on a rise, is the 13th century sandstone church of St Mary the Virgin.  There are several interesting things to see in this church.
 
The 14th century hexagonal font is emblazoned with the Arms of two prominent medieval local families, the Guildefordes and the Culpeppers.  On either side of the 18th century wooden lid can be seen the hasps of a lock used to secure the lid “…to stop witches stealing the Holy Water.”
 
One of the most interesting places in the church is the 18th century Squire's pew, a room upstairs furnished with a table and Chippendale chairs, where those from the 'Big House' would attend church, separately and looking down on the main congregation.
 
The Village
Standing on the hill just outside the village is Rolvenden Windmill, a restored post mill built in the mid 1700s on the site of a previous mill.  It is privately owned and not open to the public however you can get a good look at it from the B2086 road.
 
Rolvenden has several notable old houses nearby, Hole Park and Great Maytham Hall.  The gardens are open to the public under the National Gardens Scheme. 
 
Farmers' Market
Every Thursday morning local farmers bring their fresh produce to the Farmers’ Market held in the church and village hall from 10:00 - 12:00 hours.  Locally produced Korkers sausages can be bought in the High Street shops.  Go to Rolvenden and enjoy real village life.
 
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Getting There
Rolvenden is about 4 miles (6.5 km) south-east of Tenterden on the Ashford-Hastings A28 road.
 
Google Maps - Rolvenden Village