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Sissinghurst is a small village in the borough of Tunbridge Wells in Kent, England. Originally called Milkhouse Street (also referred to as Mylkehouse), Sissinghurst changed its name [1] in the 1850s, possibly to avoid association with the smuggling and cockfighting activities of the Hawkhurst Gang. [2] It is in the civil parish of Cranbrook and Sissinghurst.


The nearest railway station is at Staplehurst.


Sissinghurst is situated with Cranbrook to the south, Goudhurst to the west, Tenterden to the east and Staplehurst to the north. It sits just back from the A229 which goes from Rochester to Hawkhurst.


Sissinghurst's history is similar to that of nearby Cranbrook. Iron Age working tools have been found[ citation needed ] and the village was for centuries a meeting and resting place for people travelling towards the south coast.[ citation needed ]

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Sissinghurst's garden was created in the 1930s by Vita Sackville-West, [3] poet and gardening writer, and her husband Harold Nicolson, author and diplomat. Sackville-West was a writer on the fringes of the Bloomsbury group who found her greatest popularity in the weekly columns she contributed as gardening correspondent of The Observer , which incidentally for she never touted it made her own garden famous. The garden itself is designed as a series of "rooms", each with a different character of colour and/or theme, divided by high clipped hedges and pink brick walls.

Trinity Church

Sissinghurst's religious activities are served by the Church of England. The church is titled 'Trinity Church' and was built in 1838. It is currently managed by Rev. Pete Deaves who is also Rector of Frittenden. [4]


People of note who have lived in Sissinghurst include:

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  1. Martin, W Stanley (1896). A Glimpse at Cranbrook - The Town of the Weald. Cranbrook: E. J. Holmes. p. 78.
  2. Paul and Mina Tully: Sissinghurst Exposed... a New Slant on an Old Village
  3. Glendinning, Victoria Vita- the life of Vita Sackville-West George Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1983
  4. "Our new Rector - Rev Pete Deaves - News - Trinity Church, Sissinghurst - A Church Near You". 28 February 2020. Retrieved 4 May 2020.