Capel, Kent

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Capel
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Capel
Location within Kent
Population2,467 in Parish (2011 Census) [1]
OS grid reference TQ635445
Civil parish
  • Capel
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Tonbridge
Postcode district TN12
Dialling code 01892
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
UK Parliament
Website https://capel-pc.org.uk/
List of places
UK
England
Kent
51°10′35″N0°20′15″E / 51.1763°N 0.3376°E / 51.1763; 0.3376 Coordinates: 51°10′35″N0°20′15″E / 51.1763°N 0.3376°E / 51.1763; 0.3376

Capel is a hamlet and civil parish in the borough of Tunbridge Wells in Kent, England. The parish is located on the north of the Weald, 3 miles (4.8 km) to the east of Tonbridge. The southern part of the parish lies within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, whilst most of the land also falls within the Metropolitan Green Belt. As well as Capel itself, the parish includes the communities of Castle Hill, Colts Hill, Five Oak Green, Postern, Tudeley and Whetsted. [2]

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History

The name Capel may have derived from its church being a chapel of the nearby church at Tudeley. [3]

The parish Church of St Thomas à Becket is now redundant, and in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. Services are held there four times a year, and the church is open to visitors daily. It contains some lovely 12th century wall paintings depicting Cain and Abel, and Christ's entry to Jerusalem, originally there to help those who could not read learn the stories of the Bible. Outside is a yew tree under which Thomas Becket himself is supposed to have preached. [4] The church tower was partly rebuilt following a fire in 1639. [5]

The ecclesiastical parish is now known as Tudeley-cum-Capel with Five Oak Green.

Government

Capel falls within the jurisdiction of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. Capel ward is currently represented by a Liberal Democrat councillor, Hugh Patterson.

Geography

Capel hamlet is 3.2 kilometres (2.0 mi) west of the nearest town, Paddock Wood, where there is a railway station, and 7.5 kilometres (4.7 mi) north-east of Tunbridge Wells. There are two main clusters of buildings, one around the church, Church Farm and Tanners Farm, at the junction of Alders Road and Church lane; and another around the Dovecot Inn, on Alders Road.

Hasted [3] described Capel in the late 18th-century as being in:

...woody country, and is but little known or frequented, the surface of it is very low and flat, except in the middle of it, where there is a small rise, on which the church stands; here the soil is sand and stone, but in the rest of the parish it is a deep miry clay, the hedge rows broad, and filled with large and spreading oaks, which makes it exceeding gloomy. It is a wet place, full of ponds, and watered besides by two small streams, on the east and west sides of the parish, which runs from hence into the Medway...

Edward Hasted

It has changed little since.

Culture and Community

Capel also sports the Dovecote Inn, a fine traditional Kentish pub which received an award from CAMRA, The Campaign For Real Ale on 14 February 2009, marking the pub's inclusion in every edition of the Good Beer Guide for the previous 10 years.

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References

  1. "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  2. "Capel Parish Council Website". Capel Parish Council. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  3. 1 2 Hasted, Edward (1798). The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent - Volume V. Canterbury: W. Bristow. p. 193.
  4. "St Thomas à Becket, Capel". tudeley.org. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  5. "Church of St Thomas a Becket, Capel, Kent". The Churches Conservation Trust. Retrieved 8 August 2014.