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Although quite a small village, Rolvenden has several claims to fame. Lady Jane Grey, who was queen of England for nine days in 1554, until Queen Mary ended her rein by chopping off her head before the crown could be placed upon it, lived at nearby Halden Place. She would have known the Rev John Frankish of Rolvenden, who became one of the Kentish Marian martyrs when he was burned at the stake at Canterbury in 1555.


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When fire swept through Rolvenden in 1665, the population moved to Rolvenden Layne to start a second village. Already here was the Tudor house where John Wesley preached in the late 18th century. Frances Hodgson Burnett rented Great Maytham in 1898 and a blocked-up door in the old walled garden inspired her to write THE SECRET GARDEN. After her departure in 1907 the mansion was rebuilt by Edwin Lutyens.
Rolvenden Market
Rolvenden Farmers Market was established in 2000. It is run entirely by volunteers and is non profit making and stall fees are kept to a minimum.
The Farmers' Market takes place every Thursday morning from 10.00am to 12 noon in St Mary's Church.There are normally 20 - 30 stalls with a selection of produce.
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The Village of Rolvenden
Rolvenden, 2 miles SW of Tenterden on the A28, has a wide main street lined with weather-boarded cottages. Its church was built by monks from Canterbury in around 1220 and has remained largely unchanged since 1480. The village, which has more than once been declared 'the best kept' in Kent. Rolvenden also has a small motor museum.

Before that, during the depression of the 1930s, the voluntary restoration of the mill was one of the projects offered to unemployed men who came to the Cambridge University Council for Unemployed Camps centre at Rolvenden. Most of them came from the hard-hit Medway and other North Kent towns, and by working on the mill they could earn a certificate which they could then take to an employer who might accept it as evidence that they were worthy candidates for any vacancies they had - not unlike the work experience schemes of today. There has been a mill on the site since 1596 at least, but none has done the work for which it was built since about 1882.
A more recent industry based in Rolvenden is Jim Hoad's Korker sausage factory. That began as a little village butcher's shop and grew very quickly into a factory employing sixteen people and producing 50,000 lbs of sausages a week.

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If you have wandered through the Kent Downs whether on foot, by horse, bicycle or car will have, at one time or another, pondered over the meaning of place names of towns , villages or hamlets that we normally take for granted in our everyday lives. Places such as Pett Bottom, Bigbury and Bobbing conjure up all manner of intriguing images as to the activities of former inhabitants, while others such as Whatsole Street, Smersole or Hartlip appear completely baffling.
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A Dictionary of the Kentish Dialect and Provincialisms: in use in the county of Kent' by W.D.Parish and W.F.Shaw (Lewes: Farncombe,1888)
'The Dialect of Kent: being the fruits of many rambles' by F. W. T. Sanders (Private limited edition, 1950). Every attempt was made to contact the author to request permission to incorporate his work without success. His copyright is hereby acknowledged.
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Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales 1894 -1895


Rolvenden, a village and a parish in Kent. The village stands on an eminence, 3 miles SW of Tenterden, and 6 miles from Cranbrook station on the S.E.R. Acreage, 5753, population, 1194. There is a parish council consisting of nine members. The manor, with Hole House, belongs to-the Morrison family. Kingsgate House, Maytham Hall, and Rawlinson are chief residences. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury; net value, £245 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Rochester. The church is Early and Later English, and consists of nave, aisles,. transepts, and chancel, with vestry and lofty tower. There is a Bible Christian chapel. Hops are extensively grown in the neighbourhood.
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