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The local area guide to living in Cranbrook

Cranbrook is a charming medieval town in the Weald area of Kent, England. It maintains a historic aesthetic with its layout and weather boarded architecture, and was previously the region's primary hub for the cloth weaving industry. Even today, the Union Mill is a visual focal point for the town and helps support the place's genuinely medieval feel.

At the centre of town is what used to be a 15th century manor house, but is now the Cranbrook Museum. It holds fantastic displays of the history of the area for visitors and residents to enjoy. The town is also home to St Dunstan's Church, known colloquially as the 'Cathedral of the Weald'. It has a large 75 foot tower which was built in 1425. The church is among the most picturesque in Kent.

The town's past is full of dramatic events including witch hunts, smuggler gangs, and literary rebellion from famous author Daniel Defoe.

You wouldn't be able to tell today, though. It is a very peaceful, sleepy town with a friendly community. It has a good selection of amenities and, with the beautiful High Weald National Park set around it, enchanting views.

Information about the local residents

The population of Cranbrook is 5,400 according to the 2011 Census.

A tiny 1.2% of the population are signed on to Jobseeker's Allowance, a third of the rate for England and half of the rate for the whole of Kent. The region is also tipped towards the wealthy end of the scale in terms of social grade. A full third of residents belong to the AB grade, while another third belong to C1. That means the vast majority of households earn money with a Higher or Intermediate professional, administrative, managerial or technical role. By way of comparison, the values for the rest of Kent are 22.% and 32% respectively, with England averaging roughly the same.

This wealth is somewhat reflected in homeownership rates, too, which are slightly higher than the average for England. Education levels are very high – 35% of people in the area have a university undergraduate degree or more, and only 17% have no qualifications. Those figures compare to 27% and 23% for the wider country.

Cranbrook and the surrounding villages are also generally very healthy – over 51% say their health is 'very good' and a further 34% say 'good'. Cranbrook has a fair number of people surviving well past the age of 90, which some attribute to the water's higher than usual levels of iron.

Nearby schools

The town's primary school is Cranbrook Church of England Primary School, which educates boys and girls up to the age of 11. It performs especially well in its provision for early years learning, for which it was graded 'Outstanding' by Ofsted.

Also within the bounds of the town is the High Weald Academy, which takes girls and boys up to the age of 18, and is well known for having an on-site farm. Another secondary school is Cranbrook School, which offers education between the ages of 13 and 18, and Dulwich Preparatory School – historically connected to Dulwich College.

Getting around

Cranbrook is not well blessed with public transport connections since its railway station was closed in 1961. Now, the nearest railway station is at Staplehurst. Staplehurst is only a few miles away, and offers a direct Southeastern train to London Waterloo East in around 50 minutes.

Cranbrook itself has a bus service from Arriva Southern Coaches. By car, the nearest main roads are the A229 and the A21. Along the A21 a driver can get to Royal Tunbridge Wells in under half an hour.

Local shops

Within Cranbrook there are some excellent art and antique stores, a bakers, barbers, and butchers. There is also a chemist, some excellent boutique clothing stores, and good convenience stores.

Cranbrook also has some very good restaurants, cafes, pubs, wine bars and take-away outlets.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.