Hawkhurst is a large affluent village and civil parish in the borough of Tunbridge Wells in Kent, England. Hawkhurst itself is virtually two villages; The Moor, to the south, consists mainly of cottages clustered around a large triangular green, while Highgate, to the north and in which All Saints is situated, features a colonnade of independent shops, two excellent country (Gastro) pubs, hotels, a digital cinema in a converted lecture hall, and Waitrose, located next door to the property.
The village has over 1,000 years of recorded history, with the oldest known settlement being the Saxon manor of Congehurst, burnt by the Danes in 893 AD. Situated on a Roman Road and part of the Weald, which produced over a third of all iron in Britain.
Probably the most notable of all historic residents were the infamous Hawkhurst Gang, smugglers who terrorised the surrounding area between 1735 and 1749. They were the most notorious of the Kent gangs, and were feared all along the south coast of England. It was later notable as part of the Hop growing industry, with Hawkhurst Brewery and Malthouse built in 1850 shortly before the construction of All Saints.
The village is located close to the border with East Sussex and south-east of Royal Tunbridge Wells (15 miles) and within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Other local places of interest are Bedgebury Forest, Bewl Water and Bodiam Castle (5 miles), with the coastal towns of Rye and Hastings, each within a 30 minute drive. Hawkhurst is situated on the A268, close to the A21 (London Road) and connected to Rail Services at nearby Etchingham or Robertsbridge, with London Bridge approximately 1 Hour away.