infobox UK place
country = England
shire_district= Tunbridge Wells
region= South East England
Sissinghurst is a small village in the county of
Kentin England. Originally called "Mylkehouse", Sissinghurst changed its name in the 1850s, possibly to avoid association with the smuggling and cockfighting activities of the Hawkhurst Gang. [ [http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/sissinghurstexposed2/page6.html Paul and Mina Tully: Sissinghurst Exposed... a New Slant on an Old Village] ]
The nearest railway station is at Staplehurst.
Sissinghurst is situated with Cranbrook to the south,
Goudhurstto the west, Tenterdento the east and Staplehurst to the north. It sits just back from the A229 which goes from Rochester to Hawkhurst.
Sissinghurst's history is similar to that of nearby Cranbrook. Iron Age working tools have been found and the village was for centuries a meeting and resting place for people travelling towards the south coast.
issinghurst Castle Gardens
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Sissinghurst Castle Garden"
Sissinghurst's garden was created in the 1930s by
Vita Sackville-West, poet and gardening writer, and her husband Harold Nicolson, author and diplomat. Sackville-West was a writer on the fringes of the Bloomsbury groupwho found her greatest popularity in the weekly columns she contributed as gardening correspondent of " The Observer", which incidentally – for she never touted it – made her own garden famous. Sissinghurst's gardenis one of the best-loved in the whole of the United Kingdom, drawing visitors from all over the world. The garden itself is designed as a series of "rooms", each with a different character of colour and/or theme, divided by high clipped hedges and pink brick walls.
Sissinghurst's religious activities are served by its Anglican church, Trinity Church (built in 1838), with the
Rev Allan Norriswho is also Rector of Frittenden. [ [http://www.acny.org.uk/venue.php?V=8002 Church of England, Diocese of Canterbury, Trinity Church, Sissinghurst] ]
People of note who have lived in Sissinghurst include:
Ian Hislop. The editor of Private Eyeand team captain on the popular satirical current affairs quiz " Have I Got News for You".
Vita Sackville-West, The Hon Lady Nicolson, English poet, novelist and gardener.
Sir Harold Nicolson, British diplomat, author and politician.
Peter Vibart, Fictional character in Jeffery Farnol's book The Broad Highway. Much of the novel is set in Sissinghurst.
Jakey Thomas, Voted 2008 Hottest Man of Royal Victoria Place.
* [http://www.sissinghurst.com Sissinghurst Village website]
* [http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk The National Trust website]
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