The Parish area is some 1,700 hectares with 3,878 adults on the electoral roll in 2011. The main centre of population is split into
To the north, the built up area is on the north-east side of the old A21, now the B245, and about 5½ miles from the town centre of Sevenoaks. There is a Village Hall and Church (map reference TQ 565488 and post code TN11 9HR).
It is separated by Fidelity and the Westwood open space from the southern part of the village which is astride the B245 and virtually joined at the extreme south-east to Tonbridge whose centre is some 2½ miles away.
Notable residents include Dame Kelly Holmes, the double Olympic champion in 2004 and until his death in 2011 Sir Henry Cooper, the heavy weight boxer.
There is a Conservation Area which includes parts of Mount Pleasant, Church Road and Tonbridge Road between Mount Pleasant and the 2* listed church. A map of the conservation area can be found in the maps section.
The largest employer is Fidelity International, with other employment being split across a range of smaller enterprises. Many of the population commute, especially to London, from the railway station, which is the railhead for a wide area, using the services between Charing Cross/Cannon Street and Hastings/Margate.
You can use the link to plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries follow the link www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/hlb/details.html There are bus services to Bromley, Leigh, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Underriver. Timetables are available at bus stops or from the Library. There is also a rush hour shuttle between the Railway Station and the Village.
The population is served from a comparatively new Medical Centre which is part of the West Kent Primary Care Trust. There is a new Tunbridge Wells Hospital, located at Pembury and serviced by a bus service from Tonbridge. There are community hospitals in Tonbridge and Sevenoaks. Accident and Emergency is provided at Tunbridge Wells Hospital with a Minor Injuries Unit at Sevenoaks. The village also houses the Raphael Medical Centre.
There are two state primary schools, Hildenborough Church of England Primary School, established in 1847 and recently extended, the other being Stocks Green Primary School built in the late 1960s. There are two private schools, Fosse Bank for primary aged children and Sackville School for secondary aged pupils. State secondary school provision is primarily in Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells.
The current Village Hall was built in 1970 but has since been updated. It is on the same site as the original ‘Iron Room’ which was erected in 1902. It is the centre for a range of leisure activities. If you wish to book the Village Hall please phone 01732 833092
SUB POST OFFICE
There is a sub Post office at 185 Tonbridge Road.
CHURCH PARISH MAGAZINE
The Church Parish Magazine is Keys, , Editor 01732 832323, Advertising 01732 833340.
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