In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Cranbrook like this:
Cranbrook, market town and par., mid. Kent, on river Crane, 6 miles S. of Staplehurst ry. sta. and 46 miles SE. of London, 10,374 ac., pop. 4216; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank. From the 14th to the 17th century C. was one of the principal seats of the broadcloth mfr. introduced by the Flemings; it is now the centre of the agricultural district called the Weald of Kent, and carries on trade in malt, hops, &C. There is a market for corn and hops every alternate Wednesday.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Cranbrook, in Tunbridge Wells and Kent | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd May 2013
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