Swattenden shown within Kent
DistrictTunbridge Wells
Shire countyKent
RegionSouth East
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode district TN17
Dialling code 01580
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
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Coordinates: 51°04′56″N 0°31′48″E / 51.082290°N 0.530130°E / 51.082290; 0.530130

Swattenden is a small settlement near Cranbrook, Kent (where, at the 2011 Census, the population was included), UK. It is situated on the B2086 (Swattenden Lane) about a mile from Hartley, where the A229 crosses the settlement. At Swattenden, one can find an agricultural/country shop, a fruit farm, fishing centre, and the Swattenden Centre.

Swattenden House

Swattenden House is a mansion built in 1860. It was the site of Swattenden Secondary School for Boys which moved to Angley School in 1972. It then became the "Swattenden Centre", a Kent County Council residential education centre, in 1976.[1]


The suffx -enden is found in many place names in the Kentish Weald, meaning the pasture or clearing in the forest belonging to the people of a named person. Here the person was called Swaeðel. In 1240, the Old English Swaeðeling denn, was written as Swetlingdenn, in 1260 it was spelled Swetlyngdenne and in 1305 Swethyngden. [2]


  1. BBC Domesday, http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/domesday/dblock/GB-576000-132000/page/7
  2. Glover, Judith (1976). The place Names of Kent (Meresborough Books 1992 ed.). Batsford. p. 186. ISBN 0-905270-61-4.

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