Visit Sevenoaks and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Sevenoaks, Kent. Set in pleasant wooded country, Sevenoaks has developed into a popular residential area particularly favoured by businessmen, but has preserved its rural atmosphere.
It is believed there was a settlement here in ancient times, but it is not mentioned until A.D. 1114. Local tradition says that the name came from a clump of seven oaks which once grew here, long since gone but replaced by seven trees taken from Knole Park and ceremoniously planted on the common on the outskirts of the town in 1955.
The town achieved prosperity and became fashionable in the 15th century when the property of Knole, on the outskirts, came into the possession of Archbishop Bouchier, and the manor was rebuilt as a palace for the archbishops of Canterbury.
There are few buildings in the town of any great age, but the Parish Church of St Nicholas retains some stonework believed to date from Anglo-Saxon times. The church is basically of the 13th to 15th centuries but has been altered several times and drastically restored in the middle of last century. The font is l4th-century and there is some old stained glass, but most of it is of the 19th century.
Sevenoaks School is one of the oldest and most famous boys' schools in the country; it was established in the 15th century by Sir William Sevenoke (a foundling who took his name from the town, and who later became Lord Mayor of London).
Cricket has been popular here for more than two and a half centuries; it was played on The Vine, still the main recreational grounds, early in the 18th century. The game gave its name to a neighbouring village - Bat and Ball - where the making of cricket bats was a flourishing industry.
The A21 Sevenoaks bypass is an outstanding example of road landscaping. The terrain makes the minor roads cross at varying heights and angles; the result is a series of beautiful bridges.
Nearby towns: Caterham, Dartford, Maidstone, Tonbridge, West Malling
Nearby villages: Bidborough, Biggin Hill, Borough Green, Brasted, Chelsfield, Chevening, Chiddingstone, Crockham Hill, Cudham, Downe, Edenbridge, Eynsford, Farningham, Fawkham, Hadlow, Harbrough, Hever, Hildenborough, Ide Hill, Kemsing, Keston, Knockholt, Orpington, Otford, Penshurst, Plaxtol, Seal, Shipborne, Shoreham, Shoreham, Stansted, Sundridge, Trotterscliffe, Tudeley, Vigo, Warlingham, West Kingsdown, West Peckham, Westerham
Have you decided to visit Sevenoaks or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Sevenoaks bed and breakfast (a Sevenoaks B&B or Sevenoaks b and b)
- a Sevenoaks guesthouse
- a Sevenoaks hotel (or motel)
- a Sevenoaks self-catering establishment, or
- other Sevenoaks accommodation