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