About Sandhurst

Sandhurst is at the eastern end of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and forms half of the Hawkhurst and Sandhurst Ward. The Parish Council has nine members who meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm in the Old School Hall in Back Road.

The village is on a ridge at the end of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and lies between between Hawkhurst and Newenden. The area of the parish is about 1,790 hectares and it is about 5 kilometres across. Being at the end of the ridge the heights vary from about 80 metres at the western end to about 2 metres above sea level at the eastern end where the parish meets the Rother valley. A Roman road passes through the village from north to south.

There is a reconstruction of the striking and rare “five sailer” smock windmill (the original was known as Warren’s Masterpiece) to the north of the Rye Road which is now a family home. A photograph of the original mill appears in “Kentish Fire” by FC Clark. Indeed, Silverden, which was the author’s childhood home, has a chapter to itself and the book contains much fascinating local information. More local history can be found in the writings of Edward Hasted.