St Dunstan

The old market town of Cranbrook shares with Tenterden the claim to be the capital of the Kentish Weald.

About this church

The splendidly lofty Union Windmill of 1814 (still working) probably eclipses the church as Cranbrook's most famous landmark, though the church has been known as the 'Cathedral of the Weald'.

It is dedicated to St Dunstan, an influential 10th century archbishop of Canterbury, and is indeed a large and imposing building, Perpendicular in style and recalling the 15th century clothiers and Flemish weavers who helped turn Cranbrook into a successful and wealthy town.

A very unusual feature of the church is an 18th century baptismal font used for total immersion.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Social heritage stories

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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St Mary

Sitting at the top of Goudhurst looking out over the surrounding countryside, St Mary's church is a landmark that can be seen from miles around.

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St Laurence

It is likely that there has been a church on this site from at least 1100, maybe earlier, when Hawkhurst belonged to the Abbot of Wye, and then of Battle.

St Nicholas

Built on high ground outside the current village centre with views south across the Rother valley, and north and west across the Weald, with the unusual five sweep Sandhurst windmill on the horizon.

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