Around and about Edenbridge


Around and About Edenbridge

The Stone Bridge over the River Eden
Edenbridge is a town and civil parish in the Sevenoaks district of Kent, England. The town's name derives from Old English language "Eadhelmsbrigge" ("Eadhelm's Bridge" in Modern English). It is located on the Kent/Surrey border on the upper floodplain of the River Medway and gives its name to the latter's tributary, the River Eden. Edenbridge has a population of around 9,000.

The old part of the town grew along a section of the otherwise disused Roman road, the London to Lewes Way at the point where it crossed the river. Iron slag from iron smelting in the surrounding area was used in building the road. In the Middle Ages, it became a centre of the Wealden iron industry. There are many mediaeval timber buildings in the town, one of which houses the Eden Valley Museum.

With the coming of the railways the town expanded and the community of Marlpit Hill, north of the original settlement, is now part of the town.

Due to its position on the River Eden floodplain, the centre of the town is prone to flooding. The worst flood occurred in 1958 before any flood defences were built and led to enormous damage to Edenbridge High Street. In 1968 ten years later, despite the Eden being dredged to prevent the same occurrence, the town was once again flooded after heavy storms. Since then, more adequate flood defences have been built with the local community well prepared to deal with possible flooding.

There are two railway stations serving Edenbridge. The earliest, on the South Eastern Railway (SER) route from Redhill to Tonbridge, was opened on 26 May 1842. The station, simply named Edenbridge, is located in Marlpit Hill. To the west of that station the route crosses what was once the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway main line from London to Tunbridge Wells and Eastbourne (via Lewes), opened on 2 January 1888. The crossing of the two lines takes place at a mid-break in the Edenbridge Tunnel on the SER line. Here lies the second station, named Edenbridge Town. The line serving it is now truncated at Uckfield. There is no connection here between the two routes: Edenbridge is not a junction; one existed four miles (6 km) to the west of Edenbridge Town at Crowhurst, but that junction no longer exists. All services at both stations are operated by Southern, which manages both stations. All services at Edenbridge Town station run to and from London Bridge, whereas services at Edenbridge station run to and from London Victoria.
Edenbridge is twinned with Mont-Saint-Aignan in France. The bypass that was built in the early 2000s to relieve traffic pressure on the old, narrow High Street is named Mont St Aignan Way. There is only bank in the town, a post office and a number of major retail chains, including a medium sized supermarket.

Despite being a relatively small town, Edenbridge boasts its own hospital - The Edenbridge War Memorial Hospital. Initially a cottage hospital built to care for soldiers returning from The First World War, a purpose built building was established to the south of the town in 1931. With an Out Patients Department, Physiotherapy facilities and a Minor Injuries Unit the hospital is a major part of the fabric of the town. In recent years the hospital has been faced with closure many times, on each occasion it has been saved by local campaigners and townspeople, who see the hospital as an essential part of the community.

The Edenbridge Bonfire Parade

The 13th-century Anglican parish church is dedicated to St Peter and St Paul. The Grade II*-listed building has a set of windows by Sir Edward Burne-Jones in the east wall. The Eden Church, a Baptist chapel now located in the Eden Centre from the one adjacent to the river on the High Street, was registered for marriages in 1860.   Roman Catholics worship at St Lawrence's Church, registered in 1933.

Adapted from an entry about Edenbridge on Wikipedia. If any of our members wish to add or correct the information found above, please contact admin@edenbridgeu3a.co.uk
The River Eden Adjacent to the Old Baptist Church
Donkeys in Autumn
Two Railway Stations
Information about the Stone Bridge

Surrounded by fields and open countryside
Charter Market Town twinned with Mont St Aignan in France
Stangrove Park under frost
The Eden Centre, Library and Eden Church
Town Centre
Ricards Hall and the Council Offices
The Eden Valley Museum
Country Post Boxes